Back in 2010, we had to double-take when we saw the No. 7 2002 Cadillac Le Mans LMP1 on eBay where it went for over $350,000. Four years later, that same car is back on the market.
A little back story on the LMP1, the Cadillac racer was built for use in the American Le Mans series, and an attempt to return Cadillac to the 24 Hours of Le Mans which it first entered in 1950. The name was derived from the Northstar V8s that powered the car, though the motor is twin-turbocharged in this completely track capable machine. The racer also featured design elements of the, at the time, totally new Art & Science styling direction for the Cadillac brand.
Speaking of Northstar V8s, in this form the motor is pushing an incredible 650 hp at 4.0-liters in an extremely light body shell. A total of seven LMP1 racers were produced, and the racer made the podium multiple times with second and third place finishes in the American league. Ultimately, the program was cancelled by General Motors to focus resources on its Corvette Racing program.
The seller of this particular build has had the vehicle kept completely up to spec. The LMP1 has been certified race worthy by Wayne Taylor Racing, and a fresh Northstar V8 has been installed and is ready for duty. Besides the car itself, tons of other goodies are included with the purchase. Spare original decals make for an awesome nostalgia piece, and every piece of documentation and tuning software are all bundled and ready to exchange hands with the new owner. Oh, and the custom racing car and spoiler cover are also part of the deal, for when you have to tuck her in at the end of a few hot laps.
The bidding ended just $180,100, not enough to meet the reserve.