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1981 Cadillac Seville Specifications

    • The Cadillac Seville began as a body style for the Eldorado.Jupiterimages/ Images

      The Cadillac Seville was introduced in 1956 as the hard-top model of the Eldorado. Produced as a limited specialty model in the 1950s and 1960s, it was second in Cadillac's lineup after the top-of-the-line Eldorado. In 1975 the Seville was reintroduced as a regular production vehicle, meant to be a smaller-sized, top-of-the-line vehicle. After the body was redesigned in 1980, the following several years brought few changes. Among the updates that the 1981 Cadillac Seville received were new memory seats and several exterior additions.

    Engine and Drive Train

    • The 1981 Cadillac Seville was the only car at that time available with a standard V8 diesel engine. This was a 5.7-liter, diesel V8 with 105 horsepower and 200 foot-pounds of torque. This powerplant had a 4.06-inch bore, a 3.39-inch stroke and a compression ratio of 22.5:1. Of the two optional engines, one included a 4.1-liter gasoline V6 with 125 horsepower and 210 foot-pounds of torque. This model featured a 3.97-inch bore, a 3.40-inch stroke and an 8:1 compression ratio. The other option was a 6.0-liter gasoline V8 with 140 horsepower and 265 foot-pounds of torque. The gas-powered V8 had a 3.80-inch bore, a 4.06-inch stroke and an 8.2:1 compression ratio. A Turbo Hydra-matic column shift transmission was available in a three-speed or four-speed automatic. The Seville had power-assisted steering and four-wheel disc brakes.


    • New on the 1981 Seville body were optional restyled wire wheel covers, an air dam below the front bumper and standard full-length accent moldings. Soft-Ray tinted glass was included, and an optional Astro-roof was available. Displayed on the hood of the Seville, over its vertical-style grille, was the Cadillac burnished wreath and crest ornament. The car came equipped with puncture-sealing, low-rolling resistance P205/75R15 tires. The wheelbase of the Seville measured 114 inches in length. The car's overall length was 204.8 inches, its width measured 71.5 inches and the height topped out at 54.3 inches. The overall weight of the 1981 Seville was 3,688 lbs. for the gas V6 and 4,028 lbs. for the diesel V8.


    • Since it was considered a luxury car, the 1981 Seville had many interior features. Standard equipment on the car included cruise control, power windows and door locks, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors, a lit entry system and deep-pile Tiffany carpeting. Optional equipment included a rear defogger, power seats, a memory system for the driver's seat, a mirror thermometer, a leather-topped console, a leather-covered steering wheel and Tampico carpeting.

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