There was a time that if I was asked what type of car I would never consider owning, I would answer Cadillac. Cadillacs seemed so damn old. So damn boring. They tried to appeal younger, but failed with the horrific Catera.
Then they decided looks meant something. Remember the second Matrix movie? We may be used to the “Art & Science” design queues of the Cadillac now, but back then the CTS looked like nothing else. And it kept getting better and better. The second generation CTS advanced the look even more, and then they introduced the Wagon and Coupe. All three looked like no other car, and were the purveyors of hope that not all cars were getting treacherously boring. I would have never thunk it, but I was sold.
The third generation of the CTS is now out, and V and Coupe versions are coming, but the Wagon’s days are apparently over. That is a serious bummer, but it means the Wagon becomes an INSTANT classic. You can see the day years down the line when a Japanese custom house dedicates itself solely to the CTS Wagon and you will see a line of them driven by SoCal hipsters racing down the 415 to the next big car show.
As much as I would love to buy a CTS-V Wagon right now and stow it away for later, and then put a first generation V Coupe next to it, it won’t happen. So at least we have the Matchbox models. They may not be the V versions, but they are both fantastic castings. The Wagon has sadly proven to be a bit of a pegwarmer, but there is not denying how nice it is. It may end up being that model that everyone regrets not picking up when it was easy.
The Coupe? Sadly underused. It was introduced in 2011 in silver, appeared in a 2011 10-pack in black (a must-have if you don’t have it), and then vanished. We at Lamley scratched that itch in 2012 when we won a Mattel-donated Coupe preproduction model at auction at the Gathering Convention, but that was that.
Until now. The CTS Coupe is back in the 2014 Mainline, and it looks super in burgundy. It took awhile, but it is nice to see it back. And we hope this is the first of a few new versions in the coming years.
So here is the latest version, together with the previous versions. And for kicks, the Wagon as well…
(Find the Matchbox CTS in ebay…)
Matchbox Cadillac CTS Coupe (2014 Mainline):
The Coupe Family:
The Wagon Family:
And the two models together: