#lamleydaily – June 29, 2017
Model: Matchbox Cadillac CTS Wagon
Line: 2011 Basic (VIP Segment)
Where to get it: Cadillac CTS Wagon on eBay
Why it’s in the collection: Honestly the Cadillac CTS Wagon is a Top 10 cool wagon. And I am not talking about toy wagons. Cadillac decided to play with their very popular CTS Sedan, creating both a Coupe and Wagon. Both worked, but the Wagon especially so. It just seemed that those design cues on the CTS worked so well for the Wagon silhouette. Thankfully Matchbox made replicas of both the Wagon and the Coupe. I would have preferred CTS-V versions, but I am happy with the stock as well.
Sadly the CTS Wagon was a bit of a pegwarmer at the time it was released. I don’t know if that will be the case today, especially with wagons becoming more and more popular among the collector set. This particular orange version, with orange rims, got a lot of grief from collectors. It probably wasn’t totally its fault. Midway through 2011 Matchbox changed direction, trying to skew younger with brighter colors and designs. All of a sudden later batches of Matchbox looked far less realistic then models released even months before. This direction let to the cartoonish creations of 2012 through 2014, which turned off a ton of collectors and really created the “Matchbox has lost its way” narrative. This orange Caddy fell right in the middle of the transition, and its bright, definitely-not-stock look frustrated collectors.
The new direction frustrated me too, but I have loved this orangesicle since the day it was released. It it bright, but honestly quite good-looking. I could see this being a very popular version if it were released today. It just represented too much when it was actually released.
There have been some nice releases of the CTS Wagon, namely the two 5-pack models in white and blue. But this one stands out. I’d drive it.