Cimarron Cadillac History 1983

Cimarron Cadillac Moels & History 1983

Anew fuel-injected 2.0-liter engine with five-speed gearbox promised better starting and gas mileage for Cadillac’s smallest car. A new front end placed standard tungsten-halogen foglamps alongside the license plate, while a lower valance panel helped to separate Cimarron from its related (and much cheaper) J-body relatives. The grille had a finer mesh pattern than before, made up of thin vertical bars all the way across, divided into three sections by two subdued horizontal bars. Quad rectangular headlamps and amber parking/signal lamps were inset below the bumper rub strips. The hood medallion was new, and new aluminum alloy wheels contained bigger slots. Performance got a boost from the increased displacement and higher compression, along with the bigger engine’s “swirl” intake ports and revised camshaft. That extra gear in the transmission didn’t hurt either — especially since it delivered a higher first-gear ratio for quicker takeoffs, plus closer ratios overall for smoother shift transitions. Ratios in the optional three-speed automatic changed too. Cimarron’s ample standard equipment list included:

  • air conditioning
  • tinted glass
  • P195/70R13 steel-belted radial tires on aluminum alloy wheels
  • controlled-cycle wipers
  • lighter
  • digital clock
  • electric rear and side window defroster
  • tungsten-halogen high-beam headlamps
  • leather reclining bucket seats with lumbar support and adjustable headrests
  • an AM/FM stereo radio with extended-range speakers

The dash held gauges for temp, oil pressure, voltage trip odometer and tachometer. Bumpers contained guards, end caps, and rub strips. Cimarrons had power rack-and-pinion steering with a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Drivers enjoyed dual electric remote mirrors, while the front passenger had a visor vanity mirror. In the trunk: a compact spare tire. Cimarron came in ten colors, accented by dual color painted stripes. Three were Cimarron exclusives: Antique Saddle, Midnight Sand Gray, and Garnet. Prices began at $12,215 this year.


Model Series Number Body/Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Cimarron (Four) 6J G69 4-dr Sedan 5 $12,215 2639 lb 19,194


Type Inline. OHV. Four-cylinder
Block & Head Cast iron block and head
Displacement 121 cu. in. (2.0 liters)
Bore & stroke 3.50 x 3.15 in.
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Brake horsepower 88 at 4000 R.P.M.
Torque 110 lbs.-ft. at 2400 R.P.M.
Main Bearings Five main bearings
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Fuel Delivery Throttle-body fuel injection
VIN Code P


Wheelbase 101.2 in.
Overall length 173.1 in.
Height 52.0 in.
Width 66.5 in.
Front Tread 55.4 in.
Rear Tread 55.2 in.
Standard Tires P195/70R13 SBR


Feature Standard Optional
Transmission Five-speed manual transmission three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic (THM125C)
Gear ratios (1st) 3.92:1; (2nd) 2.15:1; (3rd) 1.33:1; (4th) 0.92:1; (5th) 0.74:1; (Rev) 3.50:1 (1st) 2.84:1; (2nd) 1.80:1; (3rd) 1.00:1; (Rev) 2.07:1
Standard final drive ratio 3.83:1 3.181:1
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 13.6 gal.


California emission equipment $75
Engine block heater $18
Heavy-duty battery $25
H.D. radiator $40
Three-speed automatic trans. $320


Astroroof $915
Vista Vent with rear tilt $295
Cruise control, vacuum-type $170
Power windows $255
Power door locks $170
Power trunk release $40
Garage door opener $165
Garage door opener retainer $25
Tilt steering wheel $99
Six-way power driver’s seat $210
Six-way power both seats $420
Twilight Sentinel $79
Twin lighted vanity mirrors $95
AM/FM stereo radio with cassette $203
Delete radio $151 credit
Power antenna $55
Door edge guards $25
License frame $12
Decklid luggage rack $98
Carpeted front rubber floor mats $38
Carpeted rear rubber floor mats $22
Trunk mat $18
Whitewall tires $55