A decade or so after Ford tried to swipe some US-market sales from European luxury marques by selling the German-builtFord Scorpio with Merkur badging
, General Motors opted to sell the German-built Opel Omega luxury sedanas a Cadillac
The Catera was a reasonably nimble rear-wheel-drive sedan with a 200-horse DOHC V6 engine, and its badge-engineered nature made it a much less costly gamble than, say,the Cadillac Allanté
, which had its bodies built in Italy and flown to Michigan for assembly.
Unfortunately, it had no manual transmission option, and Americans who remembered the miserable US-market Opels of the 1970s were put off by the Catera's Opelness. Its $29,995 list price was quite a bit cheaper than that of the (slightly less powerful) $39,800 BMW 528i and a bit less than the (slightly more powerful) $33,585 Acura 3.2 TL's cost, but the Catera didn't sell in large numbers.
This one made it to a respectable mileage figure, and the nice interior shows that it was well-cared-for during its 18 years on the road.VIDEO
The ads for the Catera featured a cartoon duck named Ziggy. Fast, fun, fiendishly flexible!VIDEO
By 2000, Cadillac had ditched the duck and was touting the Catera's value.Related Video:
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