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.
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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.