To mark the 120th Anniversary of the Cadillac brand, the Detroit-based automaker today announced the expansion of its Collector’s Series with the introduction of the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition.
The special anniversary edition is limited to 120 cars, each uniquely numbered with a year in Cadillac’s history. Car 1902, the first in the new Collector’s Series, represents the founding year of Cadillac.
To drive more awareness, the opportunity to own the first Cadillac 120th Anniversary Edition recently raised $250,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. Cadillac donated the full hammer price to the SAE Foundation, which boosts access to world-class STEM experiences for students around the world. As they do with all charity sales, Barrett-Jackson waived all fees and commissions for the auction of Car 1902.
“Everyone at Cadillac is thrilled with this auction result. We proudly support the SAE Foundation and are grateful to Barrett-Jackson for providing this opportunity,” says Rory Harvey, vice president of Global Cadillac. “We will help create a new sustainability focused challenge for high-school students across the country, as well as provide hands-on immersive STEM learning for students in under-resourced communities.”
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition celebrates Cadillac’s 120-year heritage as a luxury brand, with exclusive features that make each vehicle a one-of-one creation:
- VIN serialization of commemorative year between 1902-2022
- Unique sill plate with the Cadillac Crest design from commemorative year
- B-pillar builders’ plate with graphic and commemorative year
- Shifter medallion (for cars equipped with manual transmission) with 120th anniversary commemoration
- Steering wheel plate with commemorative year
- Certificate of authenticity
- Spring Mountain V-Performance Academy driving experience
“The second edition of the Collector’s Series celebrates storytelling and craftsmanship for the discerning individual,” says Brandon Vivian, executive chief engineer at Cadillac. “The 120th Anniversary of Cadillac is represented by unique content celebrating each individual year in the 120 years of Cadillac innovation.”
Henry Leland founded Cadillac in 1902 from the remnants of Henry Ford’s second automotive company, which failed to gain traction.
Leland, a gifted machinist and inventor, helped revolutionize the auto industry to establish the brand as the Standard of the World. Through the decades, Cadillac defined new standards in design, technological innovation, and quality to cement its status as an American luxury icon.
The CT5-V Blackwing is the most powerful and fastest Cadillac production model in history — with a top track speed of more than 200 mph — while the CT4-V Blackwing is the most powerful and fastest-ever Cadillac subcompact.
Under their hoods, the CT5-V Blackwing uses an upgraded and hand-assembled 6.2L supercharged V-8 rated at 668 horsepower (498 kW) and 659 lb-ft of torque (893 Nm), while an evolution of the Cadillac 3.6L Twin-Turbo V-6 drives the CT4-V Blackwing, rated at 472 hp (352 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (603 Nm).
Every V-Series Blackwing offers a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an available 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Both models also feature advanced, extensively track- and road-tested high-performance braking systems.
The CT5-V Blackwing features the largest factory-installed brakes in Cadillac history, along with an available lightweight carbon-ceramic brake package that offers weight savings, durability, and heat management.