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Offline 2danreed

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Help Identifying A 1990 Cadillac
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:03:54 AM »
A friend of mine just bought a low mileage (47,000), original 1990 Cadillac he says is called a "Statesman". He thinks it has an unusual vinyl top - it extends down around the windows - I attached a photo of the car.  The original window sticker was found under the seat and this was a $31,000 car new. Is this an unusual model??  $31,000 sounds like a lot in 1990 dollars.

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Offline 936CD69

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Re: Help Identifying A 1990 Cadillac
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2014, 10:39:50 AM »
It's a basic 90 Sedan deVille with a dealer installed aftermarket top. Cadillac used a similar top on the 87-88 Sixty Special, but not on the 89-93 deVille. $31k sounds about right, my 93 stickered for $35, 500.


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Offline 76eldo

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Re: Help Identifying A 1990 Cadillac
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2014, 10:44:03 AM »
Hard to tell on my phone but if the lower body trim is stainless, that's unusual too. I had a 1990 Sedan DeVille and the lower body was grey plastic.

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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: Help Identifying A 1990 Cadillac
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2014, 12:24:07 PM »
Yes, the lower panels have aftermarket stick-on chrome appliques which coincides with the aftermarket vinyl roof.

These aftermarket add on enhancements were most commonly done at the dealership which helped enhance profit margins: Dealer cost of aftermarket top was typically less than half that of genuine factory issue and about 20% the quality & durability. For that reason, the factory frowned upon the practice but there was little it could do.

It should also be noted that genuine factory vinyl roof on 1989 - 1993 Sedan deVille (standard on Fleetwood/ '93 Sixty Special) featured electroluminescent Cadillac crest at base of sail panel which illuminated with park lamps/headlamps.

Aftermarket roofs usually have just normal chrome crest that does not illuminate and some even have no crest at all.     
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Offline Big Apple Caddy

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Re: Help Identifying A 1990 Cadillac
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2014, 10:02:55 AM »
As others have stated, this "Statesman" package was aftermarket.  Where was it sold new?  Back then, "Cadillac Tri-Statesmen" was a dealer marketing association group in NY, NJ, CT.   Sometimes dealer groups create special edition models/packages for member dealers to sell.

$31K is a pretty normal sticker price for a 1990 Sedan DeVille.  Cadillacs, and cars in general, were more expensive in the 1990s.  The base price of a 1990 Cadillac Seville STS was about $37K which is the equivalent of $67K in current dollars.


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