Neiman Marcus Special Edition Cadillac XLR: A Christmas catalog sensation

Cadillac XLR Nieman Marcus Edition (

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The limited-run luxury convertible that sold out in minutes

In 2004, Cadillac introduced the Cadillac XLR, a remarkable two-seat luxury sports retractable-hardtop convertible. Manufactured alongside the Chevrolet Corvette at the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant, the XLR shared the Corvette’s Y-platform, boasting a hydroformed perimeter frame and distinctive composite body panels. Crafted by renowned watchmaker Bulgari, its instruments exuded opulence. Equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, a head-up display, radar adaptive cruise control, HID headlights, and a rear-mounted transaxle, the XLR set itself apart. Unlike the Corvette, it featured a 4.6-liter Northstar engine under its hood, and its base price just exceeded $75,000.

Notably, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus commissioned a special edition of the XLR for their 2003 Christmas catalog, ordering a limited run of 101 units. These Neiman Marcus XLRs were exclusively available through the catalog, adorned with a unique Ultra Violet exterior finish, Shale leather interior, and eucalyptus wood trim. Each vehicle boasted an engraved sill plate denoting its individual production number. Astonishingly, these special XLRs sold out within fifteen minutes of the catalog’s release on October 15th, 2003, setting a record for Neiman Marcus’ fantasy gift vehicle sales.

Among these exclusive XLRs, the 2004 Cadillac XLR Neiman Marcus Edition, number 79 of 101, stands out. It showcases an Ultra Violet exterior, Shale leather interior, and eucalyptus wood trim on various components. Powered by a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 generating 320 horsepower, this luxury convertible features a 5L50 five-speed automatic transaxle. Its impressive equipment list includes a power-retractable hardtop, Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer, satellite radio, and a host of other premium features. This unique XLR is set to be auctioned by Mecum Auctions in Chattanooga, TN, on October 13th and 14th, offering car enthusiasts a rare opportunity to own a piece of automotive history.