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Let me preface this with disclaimers.

This information was provided to me by the GM Heritage Center, whose assistance is greatly appreciated. I am not permitted to publicly post the chart I received, but I am allowed to report the numbers. These are, I was told, basically all that is available. A further breakdown is not available. Nor are there explanations for any of the curiosities. All commentary below is mine and not GM's.

For starters, the 2014 count is a bit of a surprise. We know a set of what I've always called "production" vins runs from 1G6RS1E41EU600001 to 1G6RP1E42EU602180 for a total of 2180 vehicles. And we know a small assortment of preproduction ELRs were built.

Well, GM says 2318 ELRs were built for 2014. That's 138 more than the "production" 2180. This is a puzzle, but one which I don't think I want to work on. The non-production vins are scattered among thousands of numbers assigned to other vehicles at Hamtramck, and searching them out simply isn't something I'm interested in doing.

Anyway, of the 2318 for 2014:

450 Silver
811 Black
540 Red
39 White (Saks Fifth Ave Edition)*
478 Gray

1251 Ebony interior
540 Kona
527 Cashmere

Of the 16 for 2015 (these were probably show cars; I don't know if any were sold):

4 Silver, 6 Black, 4 Red, 2 Gray
6 Ebony, 4 Kona, 6 Cashmere

Of the 523 for 2016:

60 Red
179 White
50 Silver
166 Black
68 Gray

253 Ebony, 141 Kona, 129 Cashmere

That's all I got, folks.

* There's one strangeness here. vin 1G6RL1E44EU600765 was advertised as being White Diamond, the color which was supposed to exclusive to the Saks edition. And at the time the dealer I asked about it insisted it was, in fact, white. I've established that it's NOT a Saks. I'm not ready to pay for a build sheet for it, but if someone knows someone who could pull a build sheet I'd really like to see what it says.
 

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Update: I now have confirmation that 00765 is both White Diamond and NOT a Saks Edition. That would likely make it a singularly unique vehicle. I guess it's fitting for a Unicorn to be white...

That reduces the number of Saks cars built to 38, of which no more than 4 are likely to have been ordered via the Saks catalog.
 

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Thanks for the statistics on the ELR production runs. There is still a discrepancy between the numbers you received compared with actual numbers sold to date.

The production you listed here:
2,318 (for 2014)
16 (for 2015)
523 (for 2016)

This totals up to 2,857 vehicles. Yet according to the GM Insider (http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/cadillac/elr/cadillac-elr-sales-numbers/) and other sales sites, 2,866 ELRs were sold in the US as of October 2016, and an additional 80 cars in Canada, for a total of 2,946 ELRs sold since December 2013. There still appears to be about 10 to 12 unsold 2014 and 2016 ELRs still available as new, which would bring the total sales to roughly 2,958. This is about 100 vehicles sold more than the information you received from GM. And some of the cars as you noted were pre-production, show cars and possibly test mules for the changes to the 2016 performance model, which may never have been sold to the public. So it's still all a bit of a mystery reconciling the production and sales numbers.

Perhaps some of the differences in the production VIN numbers might be the ones that were sold in Canada?

Regardless of all that, being the owner of a 2016 ELR Performance model in Crystal White Tricoat, it is truly a rare car since probably less than 50 were built. I've had mine for 6 months and absolutely love this car.
 

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Very interesting FloridaMatt - thank you for researching and posting this info for all of us

I have a 2014 - Gray - Kona - ACC - Luxury Package and understand only 76 of these were made.........
 

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Update: I now have confirmation that 00765 is both White Diamond and NOT a Saks Edition. That would likely make it a singularly unique vehicle. I guess it's fitting for a Unicorn to be white...

That reduces the number of Saks cars built to 38, of which no more than 4 are likely to have been ordered via the Saks catalog.
This information is confusing. Does this mean there was a 2016 ELR made in White Diamond (rather than the brighter, Crystal White, color)? The ELR Coupe looks fantastic in White Diamond and it would be neat to see a picture of this singular version. Thanks for sharing the info from your research!
 

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No, vin 1G6RL1E44EU600765 is a 2014. All 2016 white cars were Crystal White.

Based both on the build numbers supplied by the Heritage Center, and the build numbers supplied to me earlier by Hamtramck in response to a request, only 39 ELRs were painted White Diamond Tricoat, paint code GBN. All 179 white 2016's are Crystal White, paint code G1W.

What makes 00765 unique is that White Diamond was advertised as being exclusive to the Saks Edition. 765 is not merely "not Saks" but is also a base model without the Luxury and ACC options which were included in the Saks package.

Personal Theory of how this happened: The Saks promotion was a massive dud. I believe that at most 4 Saks cars were ordered through the catalog. On 12/04/2013, GM advised dealers that they could order Saks cars for dealer stock. Vin 765 would likely have been the 4th dealer-ordered ELR, and I believe an order for it in white slipped through the cracks.
 

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I just got the build sheet this morning for my 2016 ELR and here are a few of the specs:

Color: G1W - Crystal White Tricot
Performance Package: Y43 - Performance Package * Sport Suspension System (FE3) * Performance Brakes (JQ5, BREMBO BRAKES) * Sport Steering Wheel * Performance Summer Tires (RE2) * Wheels, 20" Sport Alloy (RTH)
Interior: 4EQ - Trim Medium Cashmere/Very Light Cashmere and H6Q, Lt Cashmere w/Cashmere Accents
Package: Y40 - Luxury Package
 

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How can I get a build sheet for my car and/or find out when my 2014 car was built by the VIN number? Thanks!
 

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How can I get a build sheet for my car and/or find out when my 2014 car was built by the VIN number? Thanks!
If you want to the month and year of when your car was built, just open the drivers door and look at the gray sticker on the side of the door jam. I believe it's in the upper left corner of the sticker. The build sheet will only tell you the codes of packages and options.
 

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If you go to the Cadillac Main page, then the owners section, you can open an account with Cadillac. Once you are a registered owner on the site, you can use the on line chat help line to order a build sheet for your car. They will need your VIN, email address and a couple of other information items to verify you are the legitimate owner. Took me about 20 minutes to get them to email me the build sheet
 

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I just test drove a CPO 14, and the dealer provided build sheet. The option code "OAR - Identification Pre Production" caught my eye, as well as the Order Type: Employee-Used car. The VIN of this car is 1G6RL1E44EU141799, and from the Carfax it was registered to a fleet in December 2013. The odd vin got me thinking this must be a very early car...

Then I went looking on eBay, and found a junkyard in Mason Michigan with a bunch of ELRs being parted out... all in perfect shape with low miles. I collected the VINs from the door jam sticker pictures, and looked up the first registered dates on Vehicle History. All of these cars were entered as scrap on 5-12-2015:

1G6RR1E45EU122659 - 14, Silver, Registered Oct 2013
1G6RR1E41EU127518 - 14, Silver, Registered Oct 2013
1G6RN1E49EU133773 - 14, Gray, Registered Nov 2013
1G6RS1E48EU140903 - 14, Black (red interior), Registered Dec 2013
1G6RM1E47EU139722 - 14, Gray, Registered Dec 2013
1G6RS1E40EU139566 - 14, Gray, Registered Dec 2013
1G6RM1E48EU139874 - 14, Red, No Date
1G6RS1E49EU139890 - 14, Gray, No Date
1G6RR1E4XEU138520 - 14, Black, No date
1G6RM1E41EU133463 - 14, Silver, 100k mikes. No date
1G6RR1E48EU130562 - 14, Red, No Date
1G6RR1E47EU135610 - 14, Silver, No Date

How many of the pre-production cars got into the hands of private owners?

-J
 

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Pre-production cars usually get crushed or scrapped. They are usually cars driven by GM employees, executives, engineers, press vehicles, show cars, technician training, proving grounds test mules, etc. Most have be poked and prodded, disassembled/reassembled, and abused to the point that they can't really be sold. And they have wiring/components that don't match the published service manuals and can't easily be repaired in the future.
That being said, I kind of doubt this is pre-production car.
 

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Let me preface this with disclaimers.

This information was provided to me by the GM Heritage Center, whose assistance is greatly appreciated. I am not permitted to publicly post the chart I received, but I am allowed to report the numbers. These are, I was told, basically all that is available. A further breakdown is not available. Nor are there explanations for any of the curiosities. All commentary below is mine and not GM's.

For starters, the 2014 count is a bit of a surprise. We know a set of what I've always called "production" vins runs from 1G6RS1E41EU600001 to 1G6RP1E42EU602180 for a total of 2180 vehicles. And we know a small assortment of preproduction ELRs were built.

Well, GM says 2318 ELRs were built for 2014. That's 138 more than the "production" 2180. This is a puzzle, but one which I don't think I want to work on. The non-production vins are scattered among thousands of numbers assigned to other vehicles at Hamtramck, and searching them out simply isn't something I'm interested in doing.

Anyway, of the 2318 for 2014:

450 Silver
811 Black
540 Red
39 White (Saks Fifth Ave Edition)*
478 Gray

1251 Ebony interior
540 Kona
527 Cashmere

Of the 16 for 2015 (these were probably show cars; I don't know if any were sold):

4 Silver, 6 Black, 4 Red, 2 Gray
6 Ebony, 4 Kona, 6 Cashmere

Of the 523 for 2016:

60 Red
179 White
50 Silver
166 Black
68 Gray

253 Ebony, 141 Kona, 129 Cashmere

That's all I got, folks.

* There's one strangeness here. vin 1G6RL1E44EU600765 was advertised as being White Diamond, the color which was supposed to exclusive to the Saks edition. And at the time the dealer I asked about it insisted it was, in fact, white. I've established that it's NOT a Saks. I'm not ready to pay for a build sheet for it, but if someone knows someone who could pull a build sheet I'd really like to see what it says.
Let me preface this with disclaimers.

This information was provided to me by the GM Heritage Center, whose assistance is greatly appreciated. I am not permitted to publicly post the chart I received, but I am allowed to report the numbers. These are, I was told, basically all that is available. A further breakdown is not available. Nor are there explanations for any of the curiosities. All commentary below is mine and not GM's.

For starters, the 2014 count is a bit of a surprise. We know a set of what I've always called "production" vins runs from 1G6RS1E41EU600001 to 1G6RP1E42EU602180 for a total of 2180 vehicles. And we know a small assortment of preproduction ELRs were built.

Well, GM says 2318 ELRs were built for 2014. That's 138 more than the "production" 2180. This is a puzzle, but one which I don't think I want to work on. The non-production vins are scattered among thousands of numbers assigned to other vehicles at Hamtramck, and searching them out simply isn't something I'm interested in doing.

Anyway, of the 2318 for 2014:

450 Silver
811 Black
540 Red
39 White (Saks Fifth Ave Edition)*
478 Gray

1251 Ebony interior
540 Kona
527 Cashmere

Of the 16 for 2015 (these were probably show cars; I don't know if any were sold):

4 Silver, 6 Black, 4 Red, 2 Gray
6 Ebony, 4 Kona, 6 Cashmere

Of the 523 for 2016:

60 Red
179 White
50 Silver
166 Black
68 Gray

253 Ebony, 141 Kona, 129 Cashmere

That's all I got, folks.

* There's one strangeness here. vin 1G6RL1E44EU600765 was advertised as being White Diamond, the color which was supposed to exclusive to the Saks edition. And at the time the dealer I asked about it insisted it was, in fact, white. I've established that it's NOT a Saks. I'm not ready to pay for a build sheet for it, but if someone knows someone who could pull a build sheet I'd really like to see what it says.
Hey Matt...looking for this? Number 765...the legend is true...it does exist...and I bought it a few days ago...

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As a past GM employee, I drove many pre-production cars. Although every car program is different, most are just driven as normal transportation vehicles and sold to the public. Each vehicle is treated separately when it comes to sale or scrap. Before pre-production there is normally a pilot run. Those are the ones that are tested usually scrapped.
 

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So, thanks to your post here, Florida Matt, I did locate THE Unicorn of all Unicorns and was able to put the pieces all together to determine that this car is exactly as you said, the only one.
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I think I saw that car for sale and assumed it was a Saks.
They have come up for sale and don't command a premium.

As an owner of an extremely rare mint survivor Merkur XR4Ti, I have a thing for rare cars.
I just like the unseen car, whether it's valuable or not is irrelevant.
So of course, your car rulz, as do all ELRs. I love them all.
 
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