• Jan 23rd 2010 at 4:29PM
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First Production 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery

For the last few years Barrett-Jackson has become the place to sell "production firsts" like the Dodge Challenger, Corvette ZR1, and Shelby GT500 KR to name a few. For 2010, it seems we've run out of new muscle cars to auction off, but Cadillac decided to take advantage of a captive and wealthy audience to unload the very first production 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe. We'd probably be more interested if it was a CTS-V Coupe, as we don't see a run-of-the-mill two-door CTS becoming a collectible, regardless of when it was produced.

Still, we can't fault Cadillac too much for bringing the first CTS Coupe to Barrett-Jackson, since all of the winning bid minus the cost of the car will be donated to the College for Creative Studies. The top bidder doesn't get this exact car, but instead gets to special-order his or her own CTS Coupe with the choice of color, engine, transmission, trim, and any options. So what's it worth? The car sold yesterday for a respectable price of $95,700 including buyers commission.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


Introducing the 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe. At first glance, the shape of the CTS Coupe is refreshingly simple, yet amplified with intricately carved details. Distinctive Cadillac signature cues combine with hand-sculpted forms, artfully articulating road confidence. The CTS Coupe is equipped with a standard 3.6L 304hp V6 engine, which includes a sophisticated direct injection system that provides the appealing balance of power and fuel efficiency, while importantly reducing emissions. A Nurburgring-tuned chassis, featuring premium components, ensures agile handling and precise control. With available features like an integrated Bose 5.1 surround sound system, a 40GB hard drive for storing music, and a state of the art 18-inch touch-screen navigation system, you can stay full connected while en route. Invitingly progressive, the interior of the CTS Coupe surrounds the driver with refinement and sport coupe luxury, featuring paddle shift controls, performance seating, and push-button door release. Premium materials like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, French-stitching and available Sapele wood complete the experience. Be the first to own this exclusive collector's car. The winning bidder can select and order the first-ever regular production CTS Coupe, including color, engine, transmission, trim and factory-installed equipment. One hundred percent of the winning bid, less the fair market value of the vehicle, will benefit the College for Creative Studies and is therefore tax deductible.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, this is a little art school rivalry thingy, but poo on that! CCS got all the money? What for? Down here in CIA (the Cleveland Institute of Art; where I attend for [hopefully] Auto Design), we could for real use that dough. Just representin'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't find it extremely attractive, Especially not when positioned next to the Sport-Wagon, But I suppose it either has its place and its fans or will soon find both.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Front and profile are great, but rear end is a disaster
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why? looks very good to me, front and real, profile is slick.

        But more important... it looks like nothing else on the road.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nicholi "Be smart, invest in GM's IPO."

        Hmmm, buying stock in a 40%+ UAW owned franchise? No thanks.

        Oh, wait - their bond holder is the endless deep pockets of a Congress that will never let them fail? Like Fanny and Freddy, they can just burn, lose, misplace, and steal dollars forever with no ramifications? Count me in!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously one of the ugliest vehicles ever produced.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Beauty is subjective, I happen to think, that while this is not the Converj, it is not as terrible as some of you say it is.

        I hear the same thing about the SRX, that it is an epic failure, and no one in their right mind would buy this tarted up Equinox. Well GM seems to be having the last laugh, last month they actually sold 800 more SRXs than CTSs.

        December 2009 Sales numbers.

        CTS ---------4,180
        SRX ---------4,986

        Cadillac sold more SRXs than BMW Sold X3s, X5s and X6s combined.


        I think GM is doing an excellent job on reviving Cadillac. CTS is closing in on the 5 Series for total annual sales.

        5 Series ------40,109
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm....isn't that headline sort of stating the obvious?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The winner also got the take delivery at the GM design center which GM clames has never been done before, and hang out with J Leno for the day in his shop.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see how people can be so harsh with Acura while Cadilac continues to make these monstrosities.

      It's so BIG and clumsy in it's design it's mind boggling Caddy continues with the "created with a ruler and chisel" philosophy. Looks like a drawing, post-sketch, where the illustrator was too lazy to clean up some of his first lines.

      The sheer size of the grille and headlights looks like it should be in a large van SUV or semi. The entire rear of the car is simply inexcusable. I swear if I have one of these in front of me I'll let another car pass in front just so my eyes won't be constantly harassed by such jagged edges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's simple: Acura and it's associated grille are uglier than the devil's face.

        Cadillac is for the most part not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The modern Eldorado?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I get the marketing strategy from GM, but I don't get the reasoning behind buying a run of the mill production car that I can get at my local (insert franchise name here) dealer. I mean sure, you might have to wait a few more weeks, but is it that important or is your d*ck that small that you have to tell everyone that you spent 150% of sticker to get the first one off the assembly line?
        • 5 Years Ago
        MM1: Look at it this way. Do you sometimes see 195*s or 197*s cars with insanely low original miles that fetch obscene prices at auctions? This is how that happens, this guy might drive this car for a couple of months then shrink wrap it.

        Sometime back, Reggie Jackson had a late 70s Mercedes 450SL that 15 years later had 18 original miles on the odometer. Not sure where that car is today, because he lost several cars in his collection to a garage fire.

        On a normal scale of economy, this makes no sense. However, these super wealthy folks didn't all inherit their money, and are not as stupid as we, the common folk would like to think they are.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks to me as though this car will have the same issues as the Camaro. Sure, it looks nice, but you and your passengers can't see outta the dang thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      one word, simply F-ng sexiii (atleast in my eyes!!!!!!!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoever bought it is a traitor to the country for supporting Marxist/Fascist GM. Think of the taxpayers who were robbed for this sham of a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i nominate this for the dumbest comment award.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yikes. I never realized how busy the front fascia is on this thing. Take away a few of the unnecessary lines (i.e. the extra creases on the wind splitters on the bottom of the front bumper) and we would have a winner.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's one of those that looks better in person than photos. There is a lot going on in the front though. There are a lot of lines and I always get caught up staring at the "table" the headlights sit on.
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