Cimarron Cadillac History 1985

Cimarron Cadillac Moels & History 1985

Cadillac’s compact received a major revision for 1985 but went on sale a little later than usual. Production of the 1984 models was extended into autumn 1985, to take advantage of the existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, which were to grow more stringent for the coming year. An optional V-6 engine finally arrived for mid-year models, to deliver a much-needed performance boost. The new 173 cu. in. (2.8 liter) high-output V-6 with fuel injection was built by Chevrolet.

Cimarron sales continued sluggish, but style and performance alterations were made to try to draw some younger customers. The restyled body also was intended to give Cimarron more of a Cadillac look. Prices began just under $13,000, well under other Caddies but a good deal higher than Chevrolet’s Cavalier and the other J-bodied GM models.

Stabilizer bars grew longer this year, and front springs became stiffer. Outside, Cimarron’s front end grew by almost 5 inches. The new crosshatch grille reached out to black inner surfaces for headlamp bezels, which were positioned differently from before. Styled aluminum wheels were available for the first time, as an option.

Standard transmission was a five-speed manual gearbox, with three-speed automatic or four-speed manual optional. Standard equipment included

  • air conditioning
  • AM/FM stereo radio with power antenna
  • center armrests
  • overhead assist handles
  • power brakes and steering
  • bumper guards and rub strips
  • digital clock
  • power door locks
  • electric defoggers (rear and side window)
  • halogen headlamps and foglamps
  • tinted glass
  • electric remote mirrors

Inside were leather reclining bucket seats (driver’s side six-way power adjustable), a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, tachometer, power windows, and power trunk release. All that and more helped to justify Cimarron’s hefty price tag.

Cimarron D’Oro added fine-line gold accent stripes on beltline, hood center and rub strips; gold-accented grille and wheels; foglamp covers; lower bodyside accent moldings; saddle leather seats; plus gold-tinted hood ornament, steering wheel spokes and horn pad emblem. D’Oro bodies were either red or white, with plaques on front fender and dash.


Model Series Number Body/Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Cimarron (Four 6J G69 4-dr Sedan 5 P $12,662 (4-cyl) / 13,522 (6-cyl 2630 lb 19,890


Type Inline. OHV Four-cylinder 60-degree, overhead-valve V-6
Block and Head Cast iron block and head Cast iron block and head
Displacement 121 cu. in. (2.0 liters 173 cu. in. (2.8 liters
Bore & stroke 3.50 x 3.15 in. 3.50 x 2.99 in.
Compression ratio 9.3:1 8.9:1
Brake horsepower 88 at 4800 R.P.M. 125 at 4800 R.P.M.
Torque 110 lbs.-ft. at 2400 R.P.M. 155 lbs.-ft. at 3600 R.P.M.
Main bearings Five Four
Valve lifters Hydraulic Hydraulic
Fuel supply Throttle Body Injection Multi-port fuel injection


Wheelbase 101.2 in. (2571 mm
Overall length 177.9 in. (4518 mm
Height 52.0 in. (1321 mm
Width 65.04 in. (1652 mm
Front Tread 55.4 in. (1406 mm
Rear Tread 55.2 in. (1401 mm
Turning Diameter (wall-to-wall 38.8 ft (11.8 M
Turning Diameter (curb-to-curb 35.3 ft (10.8 M
Curb weight with standard engine 2538 lb (1151.4 kg
Standard Tires P195/70R13 SBR
Wheels Aluminum Alloy 13″ x 5.5″
Seating capacity 2 front/3 rear
Front headroom 38.2″ (971 mm
Rear headroom 37.6″ (954 mm
Front legroom 42.2″ (1072 mm
Rear legroom 34.3″ (871 mm
Front hip room 49.1″ (1247 mm
Rear hip room 49.0″ (1245 mm
Front shoulder room 53.1″ (1348 mm
Rear shoulder room 53.1″ (1349 mm


Feature Standard on 4-cyl Standard on 6-cyl Optional
Transmission Five-speed, floor shift manual Four-speed manual 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) 3.31:1: (2nd) 1.95:1; (3rd) 1.95:1: (4th) 0.90:1; (Rev) 3.42:1. (1st) 2.84:1; (2nd) 1.60:1; (3rd) 1.00:1; (Rev) 2.07:1
final drive ratio 3.83:1 3.65:1 3.18:1
Steering rack-and-pinion, 14:1
Front suspension Touring, with MacPherson struts
Rear suspension semi-independent, trailing arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Front Brakes disc, 9.724″ x 0.866″ (247 x 22 mm
Rear Brakes drum, 7.874″ x 1.771″ (200 x 45 mm
Fuel tank 13.6 US gal (11.3 Imp gal) (51.5 liters


173 cu. in. (2.8-liter) V-6 engine $560
California emission equipment $99
Engine block heater $20
Heavy-duty battery $26
Heavy Duty radiator $45
Four-speed manual trans. $75 credit
Three-speed automatic trans. $350
Delco/Bilstein suspension – required with V-6 $100


Cimarron D’Oro $975


Vista Vent with rear tilt $310
Digital instrument cluster $238
Garage door opener $165
Six-way power passenger seat $225
Twilight Sentinel $85
Twin lighted vanity mirrors $95
Seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with cassette $223
Delete radio $151 credit
Lower bodyside accent moldings $450
Door edge guards $25
License frame, rear $15
Decklid luggage rack $130
Cloth upholstery $100 credit
Carpeted front rubber floor mats $38
Carpeted rear rubber floor mats $22
Trunk mat $26
Aluminum wheels, 14 in. $40
P195/70RI3 SBR WSW tires $55
P205/60R14 SBR Eagle GT $94
P205/60R14 SBR OWL tires $171


The following lines appeared in the Cimarron brochure for 1985:

The Cadillac of smaller cars

Meet an agile, mobile, new-style Cadillac.
Cimarron … the Cadillac of smaller cars.

What does buying a smaller car that’s a Cadillac mean to you?
It means a heritage of quality.
Plus that certain sense of well-being you expect — and get — from a Cadillac.

When you look over the 1985 Cimarron, you’ll discover why we say
this is one smaller car that is a definite move up.

Cimarron. The Cadillac of smaller cars.

Best of all … it’s a Cadillac.

Commitment to Excellence

At General Motors, a lot of new thinking has gone into our products. New thinking aimed at completely satisfying you, the customer. Our designers and engineers are making history in aerodynamic design, computer aided technology, fuel efficiency and safety.

As further proof of our goal of totally satisfying you, at GM dealerships we are implementing a “Commitment to Excellence” Delivery Procedure.

The program includes a thorough new-vehicle inspection by both the service technician and the salesperson; a full tank of fuel; plus a follow-up survey based on your impression of the delivery process.

With a commitment like that, you’ve got a lot of excellent reasons to “Look at GM Today.” See your dealer for complete details.

Here is the fresh new look of the 1985 Cimarron. The front end says Cadillac in many special ways, and affords Cimarron a sleek new silhouette. Add the new available grooved lower-body accent molding, 14″ wheels and tires shown here (they’re standard on Cimarron D’Oro), and you create a stunningly new appearance. However, appearance isn’t all that’s new

Slip into and enjoy the redesigned body contoured front bucket seats with lateral and lumbar support in the new standard Sierra Grain leather seating areas, or choose the new Ripple cloth and Sierra Grain leather seating area combination, at no extra charge.

Cimarron — with comfort for five — is a move up.