The Cadillac CTS-V is a sure-fire way to get attention from collectors of modern American cars. They’re generally rare, but the most desirable version of them all is the 2nd-generation CTS-V Wagon with a 6-speed manual because they just don’t build them like that anymore.
For the 2011 model year, Cadillac introduced a manual-equipped CTS-V. Specifically, they offered the famous 6-speed from Tremec as an alternative to the auto, and everybody knows that’s one of the best manuals ever, especially when monster V8s are concerned.
the CTS-V Wagon was in production until 2014 and came with a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 making 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque, feeding the rear wheels. You could argue this is one of the most interesting engines ever fitted to a wagon, right up there with the V10 in the E61 BMW M5 Touring.
Performance wagons like the Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E63 offer a unique combination of power and practicality. They’re not the most popular vehicles, though, and it’s interesting how Cadillac competed with them at one point. The CTS-V had better brakes, suspension and steering; it sounded like a Corvette and lit up its tires the same way too.
Rare color, low miles
Only 514 manual CTS-V Wagons were ever made, between 2011 and 2014. They are constantly being flipped for big money, especially on BAT, where they love a good wagon, but we found one for direct sale that’s worth almost double the market average.
Vanguard Motors wants $109,900 for this 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon. It’s slightly below the all-time record price, which was about $121k for a Hennessey-modified example. Rarity is a big reason why this old Cadillac is worth so much.
Of the 514 manual V Wagons made, only 132 were produced for 2013. And only 13 were produced in this color, Opulent Blue. Most of the ones you see for sale are White Diamond or one of the gray colors. In addition, the blue wagon has done only 9,790 miles since new, is a 1-owner car, comes with full history, and is the perfect color for the interior: black. Something tells will be bought by a collector and never driven again because it’s just to nice and rare.
Interestingly, Jay Leno thinks the CTS-V Coupe is cooler than the wagon. You should check out his review if you’re considering a slightly cheaper 2-door Cadillac with the same beast of an engine.