This is NOT a convertible

This is NOT a convertible
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Back in the late 1970’s, the Cadillac Seville was introduced as a downsized model for America’s most famous luxury brand. This one is a third generation Seville, from 1991.

In the late 1960’s and early ‘70’s, the Fleetwoods and Eldorado’s and the like got bigger and bigger, but when American customers chose to buy European premium brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Cadillac needed an answer.

The Seville was that answer. It was smaller than any other Cadillac, but it was luxurious as only a Caddy can be.

The first generation of the Seville was in production from 1975 to 1979, the second one from 1980 to 1985.
This white one is a third generation Seville STS from 1991.

What’s so special about this car, is that it has a faux convertible top. ‘Faux’ is French for ‘fake’.

During the 1920’s, the ‘faux cabriolet’ was introduced on cars in Europe. With some canvas glued to the steel roof, a car was made to look like a convertible with the top up. The owner got the great looks of a convertible, but the comfort of an all-steel roof.

Later on, this ‘faux cabriolet’ evolved in the vinyl top that was so popular in the 1970’s.

In the late ‘80’s, American premium brands re-invented the faux convertible top, by creating the shape of the bars of a real convertible top in the plastic roofcover. This faux cabriolet-look was used on cars like the Lincoln Versailles and the Cadillac Seville.

This Seville STS is from 1991 and has run only 48,658 miles. It is part of the Collector Car Auction in Fort Lauderdale, Texas, in the coming weekend.