Posted on May 20, 2015
1976 Cadillac Mirage Design Introduced Utility to Luxury
Most Cadillac aficionados are unacquainted with the rarest of Cadillac designs, the Cadillac Mirage. That is because this sinister-looking utility-coupe only had 204 ever built. The 1976 Cadillac Mirage design, a Gene Winfield inspiration, is based on the sprawling lines of the popular Coupe DeVille.
The Cadillac Mirage ended up as a utility land yacht with a luxury pedigree. What resembled an upscale Chevy El Camino was entirely Cadillac in its luxury driving experience. Because of the gas crisis in the 1970s, the Mirage’s huge 8.2-liter engine produced plenty of torque to get up and go, but only 200hp to conserve fuel once underway.
The 204-of-a-kind car provided for plenty of pickup truck capabilities with its queen-sized truck bed, while including features like a door for golf clubs to rest behind the passenger seat.
Although the Cadillac Mirage never saw its share of mainstream success, its plush features and utility appeal helped launch the luxury SUV genre of our Cadillac SUVs and Escalade trucks at DeVoe Cadillac.