It’s a real pleasure to be able to present this car’s ashtray. It’s not that the ashtray is all that good it is more because…
…it’s a chance to see Cadillac’s attempt to get away from land-yachts and move in the direction of a more roadable car before it got out of hand and they forgot their values. The ashtray itself is just about alright. If you are driving then the gear-selector will be pulled rearwards and out of the way of the ashtray. If you are sitting in the car waiting and kippering yourself with cigar smoke then the relationship of the T-selector and tray is less satisfactory. As in the Citroen XM for RHD cars, you need to manoeuvre your wrist in a convoluted fashion to avoid the obstacle presented by the gear lever.
The steel tray is a bit unrefined too, don’t you think? It looks like exactly the same sort of simple stamping you’d find in a Chevrolet costing thousands less. What was needed here was a proper chrome-finished tray which not only looks nicer but is easier to clean. Another alternative was a very shiny black plastic tray that would have been less visually obtrusive if not quite to the standard of detail one expects from a car costing this much. Here’s a rather unsatisfactory photo of the interior.
For 1991 the car’s engine received an upgrade from 180 to 200-horsepower by means of enlarging the V8 from 4.5 to 4.9 litres. For comparison the 1992 BMW 3.0 V8 produced 218 hp. One wonders what Cadillac did with those other two litres. Speaking of missing volume, the rear seats don’t afford a whole lot of leg room considering the size. Volvo’s 740 easily beats the Caddie on legroom.
The STS managed to do some things quite well and is regarded as a fun-to-drive car. The self-selecting reviews at Edmunds think the car is good and, interestingly, more reliable than later Cadillacs. I had a close look at the HVAC controls and found this ergonomically disastrous collection of tiny buttons. Clearly it doesn’t take a touch pad to cause designers difficulties.
Here is the car in question, as photographed by the seller:
And this is how the car could have looked in another colour (image – Edmunds.com):