The first generation Cadillac CTS-V might look a bit on a garish side, but it is pure American muscle, with the moves and speed of an E39 M5. It isn't the fastest sedan ever built, but it comes close and is available with a 6 speed manual gearbox. Find this 2005 Cadillac CTS-V here on eBay currently bidding for $8,700 reserve-not-met with $15,100 buy-it-now located in Gibbstown, NJ.
If you say to yourself -- man, 100k miles on that CTS-V, how much longer
will it last? Here is the answer: at least another 100k miles and then it will only drop a
few $k in price. This other CTS-V has 200k miles on the odometer and although its had considerably maintenance (transmission parts, wheel bearings, clutch cylinder, etc) in the 180k mile range, it seems to have survived the miles remarkably well.
The CTS-V was a standard Cadillac CTS sedan on steroids. The pedestrian
V6 was swapped for tire melting LS6 taken from the Corvette Z06, the
5.7 liter all-aluminum push-rod V8 putting out 400 horsepower and 400
ft-lbs of torque. Power is put through a six-speed manual transmission
(no sissy slushbox in the 1st gen CTS-V, so no need to sort through the
junk to find what you are looking for) and into a limited slip
differential in the rear. Performance is nothing short of fast - unless
the axles have been twisted into pretzel shapes -which these are
notorious for doing.
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