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Introduced in 1988, the STS – short for Seville Touring Sedan – took pride of place as Cadillac’s mid-size performance car for drivers who appreciated its upscale presence and luxury but demanded all the virtues and performance of a true road car. Offering a North American alternative to BMW and Mercedes, the concept was further refined in 1992 when Cadillac split the Seville model line into the sportier STS and the luxury-oriented SLS (Seville Luxury Sedan) trim lines. A truly defining moment came the next year when the STS was first equipped with Cadillac’s Northstar System, including the powerful new L37 aluminium DOHC V-8 engine. Carefully developed and improved throughout its existence, the STS was Cadillac’s flagship sedan and retained immense prestige as one of the finest Cadillac models ever built. It was also Cadillac’s highest-priced sedan throughout its run, with the nameplate in use along two distinct generations until May 4, 2011 when STS production ended and the third-generation CTS took over its role in 2013 as a 2014 model.
The importance of the Northstar engine to Cadillac’s history cannot be overstated. First used to power the Allante convertible in 1992, it reclaimed Cadillac’s proud and longstanding V-8 heritage and reconfirmed the engineering prowess of GM’s top automotive division. As such, the Northstar was the first dual overhead cam, 32-valve, fuel-injected V-8 engine designed and built in the U.S. for the U.S. market. For 1995, all front-wheel drive Cadillacs utilized the Northstar System, which coordinated the landmark L37 engine with the transmission, steering, suspension and brakes. Cadillac was so confident of the quality and durability of the Northstar System that the powertrain (engine and transmission) only required a tune-up servicing every 100,000 miles. This was courtesy of a powertrain control module which allowed distributor-less ignition to keep the engine in peak tune for so long. Other advancements including an electronically- controlled four-speed automatic transmission linked to the engine with a viscous converter clutch for smooth operation, Road Sensing Suspension, Integrated Chassis Control, speed-sensitive steering, full-speed traction control, and ABS, all electronically coordinated for a smooth ride, sophisticated driving dynamics, and enhanced safety.
Truly “Creating a Higher Standard,” as Cadillac advertised, the Seville STS carried a premium-level presence with its big-car styling and efficient low-drag aerodynamics. Visuals were enhanced with top-quality monochromatic paint, a bright cross-hatch grille, and bright alloy wheels on speed-rate high-performance tires. A plethora of comfort and convenience items assured Cadillac’s longstanding reputation for luxury, albeit with a clear orientation to sportiness. Up front, Cadillac’s iconic crest left no doubt as to the car’s maker and dual exhaust outlets at the rear let the world know the STS was built to perform.
This 1995 Cadillac Seville STS is an outstanding find at Newport Beach for those who appreciate a truly outstanding driving machine benefiting from fastidious one-owner care and proper adult enjoyment for the past 18 years. As one of only a handful of examples factory-finished in extremely rare and handsome Sable Black over Cappuccino Cream leather, it carried a base price of nearly $46,000 – an already considerable sum for 1995 – plus $4,226 in extra-cost options including the Astroroof, chrome wheels, premium Delco-Bose audio system with AM/FM tuner, CD and cassette, heated windshield and front seats, and electronic compass. The original window sticker and books accompany this very well-presented 1995 Cadillac Seville STS at auction. Riding on new tires and equipped with a new battery, it stands ready to provide a great drive with 300-horsepower Northstar V-8 power available on command, exemplifying modern Cadillac at its finest.