1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsFinding a Malaise Era Cadillac in a self-service wrecking yard is interesting, especially when it has Cadillac’s not-so-successful first attempt at a cylinder-deactivation engine. Those cars don’t make me sad, though.

A nicely customized show-car Cadillac with metalflake paint and pro-applied airbrush work in a junkyard — that makes me sad, even if it did suffer from the wretched V8-6-4 engine. I found this once-glorious Cad in a Denver-area yard last summer.

A car like this needs a name, of course. Meet Big Sexxy!

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH side view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsSorry about the beschmutzified images; I had touched the camera lens with greasy fingers after removing an Integra shifter. Don’t try that at home.

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, custom paint detail - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsBig Sexxy is covered with quality airbrush work. If I had to guess, I’d say this car was customized during the 1980s, then entered a long-term downward spiral.

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, V8-6-4 engine - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsUnder the hood, the V8-6-4 engine. GM never could get this engine to work correctly, and most owners simply unplugged the connectors for the valve de-actuators (located on the valve covers).

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, interior - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe interior has been gutted pretty thoroughly, so we can’t tell how much tuck-n-roll used to be there.

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, landau roof - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsRest in peace, Big Sexxy.





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