San Antonio: Like “Bruce Springsteen” and “boss,” “Tim Duncan” and “fundamentals,” “Cadillac” and “cool” are two words that are the perfect fit for one another. Throughout its storied history, Cadillac has epitomized coolness time and time again with their cruisers.
These autos are often crafty, sometimes quirky, and always “cool,” and we at Cavender Cadillac in San Antonio thought it’d be fun to take a look back from time to time to cover some of Cadillac’s most remarkable vehicles of the past, simply as a reminder to us all that there’s nothing as cool as the old school.
Cheesy? Yes. True? You’d better believe it.
May we present to you the Cadillac Mirage in all its glory.
Where to begin with this quirky cool Cadillac? We could tell you all about its mind-boggling features like the Caddyshack-inspired golf bag door (ahh, the 70s) but the story behind the Mirage is what is most fascinating.
Essentially a pickup truck that started out as a 1976 Coupe Deville, Cadillac commissioned this from builder Gene Winfield, who took the Coupe Devilles, cut them and put a pickup bed in the back, and sold them at Cadillac dealerships. Sounds like a small operation, no?
Small indeed! On record, only 216 of these El Camino looking Cadillacs were produced. Under the hood is an 8.2L V8 that pumps out 400 pounds per foot of torque. It’s got some hop for a machine that weighs 4,500 pounds of pure American steel. Considering so few were made, it’s nearly impossible to come across a Cadillac Mirage to test drive, but we hear these things are remarkably silky smooth, even for a Cadillac. And you know that’s saying something.
The console is a bit dated with the 70s style dashboard, but sometimes 70s isn’t so bad. The drive feels like you’re sitting in an old school plush recliner. It’s really too bad that so few Cadillac Mirages were produced, because this car seems like it’d be a dream to drive.
A Cadillac with a truck bed is reason enough to give this model a “Cavender’s Cool Cadillac” seal of approval.
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