Cadillac CimarroMoels & Historyn 1982

After decades of success in manufacturing large luxury cars, Cadillac turned to a small luxury car in an attempt to rival BMW, Audi, Volvo, Saab, small Mercedes, and similar high-class imports. Cimarron came with a standard 112 cu. in. (1.8-liter) four-cylinder engine and four-speed overdrive manual shift with floor lever. Three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic was available. This was Cadillac’s first four-cylinder engine since 1914, and the first manual shift since 1953. Most Cadillac buyers had never driven one without Hydra-matic in some form. Cimarron was billed as “a new kind of Cadillac for a new kind of Cadillac owner.”

The company first seemed a bit uncomfortable with its new addition, initially branding it Cimarron by Cadillac rather than a straight-out Caddy. Bodies carried a Cadillac emblem in the grille center, and on taillamps, but no script identification.

Five people fit into the car’s body-contoured leather seats with lumbar support, feet touching deep-pile Trianon carpeting. Even the trunk was carpeted. Dashes displayed a tachometer, oil pressure gauge, and voltmeter. Nine hand-buffed body colors were offered, including four exclusive metallics (Superior Blue, Autumn Amber, Garnet, and Columbian Brown). Cimarron rode an exclusive Cadillac-tuned touring suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a semi-independent rear, plus front/rear stabilizer bars. Aircraft-type aluminum alloy wheels held match-mounted steel-belted radial tires.

Sharing the same J-body as Chevrolet’s Cavalier and the similarly derivative Pontiac J2000, Cimarron didn’t quite manage a truly separate identity but offered a long list of standard features. Luxuries on every subcompact four-door sedan included

  • air conditioning
  • twin power mirrors
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • power rack-and-pinion steering
  • AM/FM stereo radio

All this came at a cost, though: over $12,000 base price, which was far higher than its GM relatives, closer to the level of Eurosport sedans. Cimarron’s front end carried a finely-meshed crosshatch horizontal chrome grille and quad rectangular tungsten-halogen headlamps. At the rear were horizontal taillamps. Four of the nine Cadillac body colors were intended solely for Cimarron, as were two of the five interior choices. Wheels displayed small slots, and the full-width back seat could hold three passengers. The initially short option list included a Vista Vent roof and vacuum-type cruise control.


All Cadillacs again had a 17-symbol Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), stamped on a metal tag attached to the upper left surface of the cowl. visible through the windshield. Coding was similar to 1981. Model year code changed to “C” for 1982. Code “G” (Cimarron) was added to car line series. Engine coding was as follows: “G” L4-112 2-bbl. Code “C” for an assembly plant in South Gate, California was added.

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
6J G69 4-dr Sedan 5 Pass. $12,181 2524 lb 25,968




Type Inline. OHV. Four-cylinder. Cast iron block and head
Displacement 112 cu. in. (1.8 liters)
Bore & stroke 3.50 x 2.91 in.
Compression ratio 9.0:1
Brake horsepower 88 at 5100 R.P.M.
Torque 100 lbs.-ft. at 2800 R.P.M.
Main bearings Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic
Carburetor 2-bbl.
VIN Code G




Wheelbase 101.2 in.
Overall length 173.0 in.
Height 52.0 in.
Width 66.3 in. max.
Front Tread 55.4 in.
Rear Tread 55.2 in.
Standard Tires P195/70R13 SBR




Standard Transmission Four-speed, floor shift manual transmission
Manual gear ratios (1st) 3.53:1; (2nd) 1.95:1; (3rd) 1.24:1; (4th) 0.81:1; (Rev) 3.42:1
Optional Transmission Turbo Hydra-matic (THM125C) w/floor selector
Automatic gear ratios (1st) 2.84:1; (2nd) 1.60:1; (3rd) 1.00:1; (Rev) 2.07:1
Standard final drive ratio 3.65:1 except w/auto. 3.18:1
Steering rack and pinion
Front suspension MacPherson struts, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension semi-independent trailing arm, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Brakes front disc, rear drum
Fuel tank 14.0 gal.


  • California emission equipment: ($46)
  • Engine block heater: ($17)
  • Heavy-duty battery: ($22)
  • H.D. radiator: ($37)
  • Three-speed auto. transmission: ($370)


  • Vista Vent w/rear tilt ($261)
  • Cruise control, vacuum-type ($145-$155)
  • Power windows ($216)
  • Power door locks ($142)
  • Power trunk release ($29)
  • Tilt steering ($88)
  • Six-way power driver’s seat ($183)
  • Six-way power both seats ($366)
  • Twin lighted vanity mirrors ($92)
  • AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette ($153)
  • AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette and CB ($560)
  • Delete radio ($151 credit)
  • Door edge guards ($22)
  • License frame ($12)
  • Decklid luggage rack ($98)
  • Carpeted rubber floor mats: front ($38); rear ($22)
  • Trunk mat ($18)
  • Whitewall tires ($55)