Palm Beach is a car auction for the people. And by people, we mean folks of relatively average means who pine for 1985 Lincoln Town Cars and 1967 Oldsmobile Toronados over million-dollar Mercedes Gullwings. It starts this Friday in sunny Florida, and like always, auction house Barrett-Jackson will be headlining a few brand-new cars for charity.
One of those cars is the first production 2016 Cadillac CT6, the wreathless crest’s answer to the Hyundai Equus that’s been on sale for years. We checked out the car at Cadillac’s party last month at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Overall, the CT6 follows a very Audi-like demeanor — fitting, given the new Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen came from the four-ringed brand — in that it’s essentially a larger version of every other car below it. The CT6 is an enlarged CTS, with the smaller ATS aping that car’s crisp, smooth lines. This type of model assimilation has worked well for Audi, and the CT6 certainly looks like it has all the duds to compete with the upper-crust Germans. There’s cigarette lighters and ashtrays in the back seats, because European and Chinese buyers have not gotten the memo that smoking kills.
Ironically, the winning no-reserve bid will fund a cancer hospital in Detroit, the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
Cadillac hasn’t announced pricing and won’t sell the CT6 until this fall at the earliest, so aside from press cars given to journalists, the buyer will be rolling in something truly exclusive for several months. We’d bet a few do-gooders in Palm Beach will bring this car in excess of $200,000, or likely triple its actual starting price. There’s also the 2015 COPO Camaro drag racer being auctioned for charity if a stretch Caddy isn’t to taste.