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05-23-13, 10:40 AM
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We try very, very hard to keep snark away from creations like the one you see here. After all, someone poured plenty of enthusiasm, time and money into turning a 2008 Cadillac XLR (http://www.autoblog.com/tag/cadillac+xlr/) into a modern interpretation of the new-old cars typically done by cottage builders like Excalibur (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excalibur_(automobile)) and Clénet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cl%C3%A9net_Coachworks). Even so, it's hard not to wince when you set an eye on this machine. With its wheelbase stretched to accommodate the extra bodywork, goofy sidewalls and upkicked nose (examine it in profile, it looks slightly bent in the middle), this "neoclassic" takes whatever was loveable about the Cadillac (http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/) underneath and buries it in a tacky grave.

Miraculously, the engine bay has been left unmolested, which means the retractable hardtop convertible still features a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine good for 320 horsepower. If only that were enough to outrun its shame. If, for some reason, you feel like taking this thing home, Harry Kaufmann Motorcars of Milwaukee says it can be yours for a paltry $74,998. We wish were joking. Check it out here (http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail.jsp?tracktype=usedcc&csDlId=&csDgId=&listingId=108311210&listingRecNum=0&criteria=sf1Dir%3DDESC%26mkId%3D20052%26stkTyp%3DU %26rd%3D100%26crSrtFlds%3DstkTypId-feedSegId-mdId-mkId%26zc%3D60053%26rn%3D0%26PMmt%3D1-0-0%26stkTypId%3D28881%26sf2Dir%3DASC%26sf1Nm%3Dpric e%26sf2Nm%3Dmiles%26isDealerGrouping%3Dfalse%26rpp %3D50%26feedSegId%3D28705&aff=national&listType=1).Online Find Of The Day: 2008 Cadillac XLR picks up where Excalibur left off (http://www.autoblog.com/2013/05/23/online-find-of-the-day-2008-cadillac-xlr-picks-up-where-excalib/) originally appeared on Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com) on Thu, 23 May 2013 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds (http://www.cadillacforums.com/rss-term-of-use/).
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