It’s not often anymore that I’m stopped dead in my tracks by a curbside classic. I think I’ve grown callous after having contributed here for seven years and counting. Another GM A-body? Meh. A rusted Accord wagon? It’s been done, over and over. I can’t bring myself to photograph another K car derivative. But when I came across this fourth-generation Cadillac Seville, it did stop me, and hard.
I came of age in the Seville era. A buddy in middle school was from a well-to-do family, and they drove one of the originals. I know it was a distinctive, even groundbreaking design that set GM’s styling direction for a decade, but it didn’t excite me. I guess I wasn’t in the demographic.
That family swiftly upgraded to the second-gen Seville when it was introduced, and what a cartoon it was.
Then there was the third-gen Grand Somerset Seville Ciera. Woof. The Seville had lost its way.
I remember being deeply impressed with the fourth-gen Seville’s looks when it was new. Car and Driver liked the car, naming it one of the 1992 10 Best. When the Northstar V8 was introduced in 1993, it got good press. Had Cadillac got its mojo back?
Then the fifth generation came. As GM was wont to do back then, they evolved a great shape into something not nearly as great. Every exciting line and curve had been watered down and made anonymous. It doesn’t look bad, and it certainly looks better than the second and third generation Sevilles. But Cadillac smoothed all of the excitement out of the previous generation’s body.
The 1992-97 Cadillac Seville still looks great – its styling has aged well. Too bad the Northstar ended up having so many reliability issues. Here’s hoping the person who owns this one got the engine properly sorted.