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Pick of the Day: 2006 Cadillac XLR-V

Cadillac roadster with 7,871 miles


Many people think of Cadillac as a brand affiliated with four-door sedans offering pillowtop bench seats, heavily cushioned suspensions, and a plush interstate driving demeanor. But one car turned that stereotype in the opposite direction when it was launched 18 years ago.

The Pick of the Day is a 2006 Cadillac XLR-V roadster listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in San Jose, California. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Rare 2006 Cadillac XLR-V in private collection for 14 years,” the listing begins. “Only 399 made in Raven Black with Black interior for 2006 and only 2,188 total XLR-Vs produced in a four-year production run.”

Perhaps the most compelling feature of this roadster is its odometer reading, which shows only 7,871 miles.

The XLR first came to market in 2004 as a two-seat roadster with a retractable hardtop. While it was built on the same assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky as the Corvette and shared the same Y-body hydroformed perimeter frame, the XLR did not get a Corvette motor. Instead, it featured Cadillac’s 4.6-liter Northstar V8. A high-performance variant dubbed the XLR-V was later offered with a 4.4-liter supercharged V8 that cranked out 443 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission for the XLR-V was a six-speed automatic.

Equally important as the engine in any performance car’s pedigree are its suspension and braking elements. The XLR-V uses Magnetic Ride Control for max stability and braking comes via four-wheel disc brakes with cross-drilled rotors. And where the XLR-V excels over its Corvette sibling is in delivering creature comforts: despite being a performance car at heart, its cabin offers a nine-speaker Bose audio system, touch-screen navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, and leather seating.

All those amenities come with a price, and the XLR carried a hefty tag when it was new, coming in at around $100,000.

2006 Cadillac XLR-V

This Raven Black XLR-V has accrued on average fewer than 500 miles per year for 18 years, having been garage-kept long-term. According to the photos in the listing, it looks the part. “In mint condition. Never in the rain or inclement weather. Never left outdoors, stored in garage at all times,” the seller states. “The leather inside this car still smells like brand new.”

The seller is asking $67,950 for this showroom-fresh XLR-V.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.


  1. Mr. Hugie- you should gently suggest to Mr.Reid that this Caddy is vastly superior in every metric to that white XJS he wants. A former boss had one in silver, a ripping good car he’d let you drive if you scored high enough on your performance reviews. He used to take us out on his big Mariah express cruiser, too. Sigh. Where have all the good bosses gone?

  2. Can someone please explain why someone would shell out 100K for a car like this that is said to be so good, then drive it just 7000 miles in 16 years? Then expect someone to take it off their hands for $68K plus another $7k in taxes?

  3. It can’t be explained! 68K for this car when in 16 years so many more advancements with updated technology plus better quality& drivability you’d be a fool to even consider purchasing this vehicle.


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