In 1999, Cadillac unveiled its Evoq concept car to raving reviews. Unlike so many concept cars that have come and gone – and mostly forgotten but for the pages of publications like ours – Cadillac actually decided to build and market the car.
The Pick of the Day is a 2004 Cadillac XLR advertised by a dealer in Wichita Falls, Texas, on ClassicCars.com.
The overwhelming positivity for the design of the two-seat roadster Evoq concept, and the public’s appetite for sporty roadsters, convinced Cadillac to throw its hat in the ring with a luxurious and powerful car that would be compared to the Corvette. As a matter of fact, the car would be built on the same assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The XLR was produced from 2003-2009 for a total of 15,460, although new-car sales continued into 2011 for 2009-titled cars as sales projections were never met, which makes this car relatively rare. By comparison (and perhaps a stretch), the same could be said for Plymouth Superbirds, which failed to meet projections – only to become seven-figure, cherished collectibles.
The Corvette and the XLR would both have the all-new hydro-formed perimeter frame and composite bodywork construction. The similarities are clear, but these certainly are very different cars. This Xenon Blue on black interior looks and feels like a Cadillac. The bold, rigid lines were as recognizable on the XLR as on the CTS Sedan, whereas the Corvette of the day had much more rounded edges.
The XLR was the first two-door convertible Cadillac produced since the Allante, a future classic in its own right. Like its predecessor, the XLR would be powered by a 4.6-liter NorthStar V8 making 320 horsepower and featured a retractable hard-top and heads-up display. The comfortable interior sported Bulgari-designed analog instruments, engulfing the occupants in luxury and style.
Other pioneering features for Cadillac were adaptive suspension, radar-adaptive cruise control and a touchscreen radio/navigation head unit. The 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution gave the XLR superior handing, which made it fun to drive.
The dealer says there are 109,441 miles on the odometer and is asking $14,900 – a far cry from the nearly $80,000 price tag when new.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.