I love huge American land yachts, and I think this car is a wonderful time capsule from the 1980s:
That’s the epitome of 1980s American luxury: metallic light brown, long lines of chrome, padded vinyl roof, whitewall tires. It’s a weird combination of very clean, simple lines – but wildly over-jeweled. It’s like movie starlet wearing a simple dress, but … jewelry on her wrists, fingers, ankles, ears, and neck.
When you open the doors, the kitsch luxury continues with acres of thickly padded brown leather:
It’s just a nice, chill, quiet, 1970s place to be. It’s like your favorite dark old steak restaurant. You know it’s nowhere near as good as the new place, but… you’ve got memories together.
This ain’t a hot rod. The Cadillac HT4100 engine was an infamously bad design that produced less than 150 horsepower. That’s not nearly enough to motivate this two-ton monster that’s actually longer than a modern Cadillac Escalade.
These 80s luxury cars are surprisingly affordable – you can pick ’em up for $10k-$15k, even in good condition like this. It’s only got 15,000 miles on it! These are never going to be rare or investor-quality though because so many of ’em were made, and so many were sold to retirees who took good care of ’em.
They’re just nice, fun, chill time capsules, and I look forward to taking it to dinner on the Strip.