2004 XLR Neiman Marcus Edition
Remember one of Cadillac’s first moves aimed at shaking off its reputation for being over 60 club’s brand? Rather bold and inspiring XLR roadster. Sports car that was unlike anything classic Cadillac brand had produced until then. Then there was the XLR-V high performance edition of the car available for 2008 and 2009 model years. But that all pales in comparison with special XLR Neiman Marcus Edition unveiled upon sport car’s introduction.
Neiman Marcus needed their own special edition vehicle for their 2003 Christmas catalog and Cadillac answered the call. They built only 101 of these Ultra Violet convertibles. Neiman Marcus XLR’s could have been ordered exclusively through these Christmas catalogs. Reason you never got the chance to buy one – apart from their high $85,000 price tag – was the fact they were sold out within 14 minutes.
C6 Corvette-based sports car was motivated by 320-horsepower 4.6L Northstar V8 engine. Much less than 443 ponies produced by supercharged XLR-V version of the car, but that was way before the V made its debut in the first place. In the end, Cadillac sold a total of 15,460 units. Much less than planned 5,000 to 7,000 units a year. Cadillac XLR never caught on, which is a result most people actually expected out of it. At least it gave us one of the rarest and most obscure Cadillacs ever made.