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2005 Cadillac XLR Roadster Ready for one of the lesser-known Cadillac facts? Al Capones bulletproof 1928 Cadillac sedan became the first bulletproof Presidential vehicle for Franklin D. Roosevelt on the evening of the Pearl Harbor bombing. It had been impounded by the government when Capone was sentenced to Alcatraz prison, and the Secret Service decided to use it for the President. This garage kept, rarely in rain car has been lovingly cared for by its consignor and prior owner, but I digress: in actuality it passed the last inspection with flying colors needing nothing. A mere 27,105 miles are clocked on the odometer, and most of that was put on driving back and forth to Florida. Some snazzy options and a fold away hardtop this gem presents very nicely. Exterior Continuing in the aggressively straight and pointy design language, and the nonsensical three letter naming scheme (that totally wasnt a mimic of what the German and Japanese luxury manufacturers were doing) the XLR looks like a pure blooded Caddy. It also loosely picks up some design cues from the Corvette, which it was built right next to, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This car has hydro-formed perimeter frame construction and composite bodywork, this example is bathed in Black paint and has a matching retractable hardtop that folds down to form a convertible. From the headlights to the taillights this car utilizes the gem cut theory of design with plenty of sharp angles and flat surfaces. Panels are all straight, and paint remains nicely preserved. Interior In typical Cadillac style, no expenses were spared on the conveniences end. Bulgari designed instruments sit within a field of Eucalyptus wood accents. A touch screen navigation is installed, premium Bose sound system, and power windows, power memory seats, steering wheel radio, voice command controls, and a sport mode with driver shift controls. The large luxurious parchment colored leather covered seats in bucket form are fitted into the passenger compartment. The drivers seat shows some wear with folds in it. These seats also have built in speakers. All this in beige with the wood accents, and some black vinyl to finish it off. Drivetrain The 4.6 Liter Northstar V8 which is original to this car puts out 320 HP. It is electronically fuel injected and has a 5-speed 5L50E automatic transmission on the back of it. 2.93 are the rear gears. Undercarriage Simply beautifully preserved with all shiny parts and workings, and very little sign of use during rainy weather. 4-wheel independent suspension. and power disc brakes all around provide the ride and stopping. Drive-Ability As expected this car starts right up and rides very nicely. It has lots of surprising power, and corners well. It has a comfortable interior and the convenience buttons will keep you occupied for a long ride, let alone the touch screen navi. A well cared for example, well maintained, garaged, and all working example of Cadillacs venture (all be it lightly) into the luxury sports car market with its straight and pointy gem cut design. The retractable hardtop is a real convenience as well. A low mileage nice car. Lets call it a real gem?! VIN DECODE 1G6YV34A755601072 1-USA G-General Motors 6-Cadillac YV-XLR 3-2 Door Convertible 4-Manual Belts, Front & Sides Airbags A-4.6L 320hp Northstar V8 7-Check Digit 5-2005 5-Bowling Green, KY Assy Plant 601072-Sequential Unit Number
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