Finding an affordable, American-made performance sedan with a V8 engine and manual transmission isn’t exactly easy, but thanks to the rate of depreciation among first-generation Cadillac CTS-Vs, it can certainly be done. While three-pedaled examples of the Chevrolet SS continue to sell for not-so-far-below MSRP due to their scarcity and desirability, the first-gen CTS-V continues to boggle the mind with its criminally-low value on the used market.
Recently, Matt Farah of The Smoking Tire reviewed a privately-owned CTS-V manual for TST‘s “One Take” series – one that hasn’t been modified since new. The current owner purchased the car for a sound $10,000 from a private party, which isn’t too bad at all for a 400-horsepower luxury performance machine, new differential mounts and LS6 motor mounts included. To put that price tag in perspective, the Cadillac CTS-V cost about $50,000 when it was brand-new back in 2004.
Click play to hear what Matt Farah has to say about whipping the Cadillac through the canyons, and do try and resist the urge to immediately go out and buy one.