2002 Cadillac Seville SLS
The name of "Cadillac's first small car" was selected over a
revival of LaSalle or the GM design staff's preference, LaScala,
primarily because, as noted by GM Marketing Director Gordon
Horsburgh, "It had no negatives". The initial suggestion was
"Leland" in honor of one of the make's founders but it was rejected
because most buyers wouldn't understand the reference and Henry
Leland had also founded rival Lincoln. Hundreds of suggestions were
considered after extensive research, LaSalle was the top pick with
St. Moritz a distant second, trailed further by Seville. A troubled
past, (Lasalle), and difficult pronunciation, (St.Moritz), led to
selection of the Seville nameplate.
Seville is the name of a Spanish province and its capital, renowned
for its history and treasures of art and architecture. Cadillac had
first used the nameplate for a two-door hardtop version of the 1956
Eldorado. 1960 was the last model year for the Eldorado Seville,
returning in 1967 under a different name. Seen in our Hallowed
Halls of Classic Auto Mall we have a 2002 Seville SLS that has been
used by our consignor, the second owner, as a show car. Faithfully
maintained and wIth all the trappings associated with a Caddy,
conveniences abound and luxury is paramount in the materials that
go into this car. It's time to experience life the way the other
Very nice laser straight steel panels come together to form the
pointed square design exterior of this luxury automobile. This
design shows hints of things to come with the diamond edge styling
just around the corner and we can see Cadillac has aerodynamics in
mind as slipstream panels and angles are incorporated into the
design. These are all bathed in Crimson Pearl paint which shows
very nicely but does have some rust bubbling through the paint on
both rear quarter panels as well as scrapes and chip offs in
various areas. This beautiful body design is highlighted by a mid
beltline thin trim rail which doubles as a rub guard. A clean egg
crate style grille is up front and is flanked on either side by
aerodynamic rectangular headlights which are crystal clear. Dual
exhaust tips, in oval chrome exhaust tips hang below the bumper and
wrap around tail lights that stretch across the entire rear panel.
Chrome is kept to a minimum and only used for the traditional
Cadillac crest, the grille surround and highlighting around the
side glass. 16 inch multi-spoke chrome wheels are on all 4 corners
and are wrapped in deeply treaded 235/60R16 radials from the 32nd
week of 2021 . A shout out to the very clean trunk with its gray
felted liner, cargo net, and pass-through rear seat.
Bone would be your contrasting interior color, and it is in the
form of luxurious leather covered wide dual front bucket seats with
a padded center armrest topped console in between, and a couch-like
rear bench. Both driver and passenger seats are power, and wide
side bolsters tend to grab you when you sit down. Moving up the
console we see walnut burl surrounding the leather topped automatic
shifter as well as rocker switches for the front seat heaters.
Continuing up to the cascading design dash we see digital climate
controls along with the factory AM/FM/Cassette and CD player. Just
above, a wide strip of walnut burl graces the dash and accentuates
the Bone padding nicely. In front of the driver is a black faced
cluster with the full gamut of analog gauges and a LCD odometer. A
thick rimmed leather wrapped wheel fronts the dash and all is
excellent. Lightly soiled carpeted mats protect the well cared for
Bone carpeting that floods the floors. A clean tight cloth
headliner frames the roof above. Not to be forgotten are the Shale
leather and plastic door panels with a touch more of burl as well
as power window, lock, and mirror controls.
Within a well preserved and slightly patina engine bay is the up to
date on scheduled maintenance 4.6 Liter Northstar V8 power plant.
This mill is capable of making 275hp with the help of EFI and sends
power to the front tires is a 4T80E 4-speed automatic with a 3.11
final drive axle.
Slipping underneath, we notice a solid frame, floor pans and
rockers environment with just a touch of some surface rust. Floor
pans still have some of the factory overspray of the exterior red
on them. Since the car is front wheel drive, there is a lack of a
drive shaft making its way rearward. Independent Macpherson strut
suspension for the front, and the rear is an independent coil
spring design. Power disc brakes are all around with new rear
brakes and single to dual mufflered and outlet exhaust is seen to
complete our tour below.
Being a well kept car one would expect this car to start right up,
and it did. We would also expect everything to work, and it did
save for the passenger's mirror, which has a new motor but is not
connected. It ran beautifully, provided a smooth ride, and had good
acceleration and cruising. Only one thing it did not do, and that
is disappoint on the luxury end and I even got my giggles in when
my crack decoder and partner in crime got stuck due to the
passengers front seat beltbeing slow to release and retract.
Nicely cared for but still showing some age and a plethora of
conveniences and we are skating with the haves, and if I power the
windows closed, and crank up the sound system, it's very easy to
forget about the have nots.
5-4 Door Sedan
4-Manual Belts, Front & Side Airbags
Y-4.6 Liter Northstar V8
O-Lansing, MI Assy Plant
241262-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.