Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition Debuts and Minutes Later is Auctioned Off for $250,000
All proceeds will be donated to benefit STEM education
This year marks the 120th Anniversary of the Cadillac brand. To celebrate, Cadillac is proud to expand the Collector’s Series with the introduction of the 2023 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing 120th Anniversary Edition.
The 120th Anniversary Edition is limited to 120 cars, each uniquely numbered with a year in Cadillac’s history. Car 1902, the first in this new Collector’s Series, represents the founding year of Cadillac.
The opportunity to own the first 120th Anniversary Edition raised $250,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction. Cadillac donated the full hammer price to the SAE Foundation, whose goal is to increase 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,” said Rory Harvey, vice president, 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 an iconic 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,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “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, and his expertise in advanced machining revolutionized 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.
Bred to perform on and off the track
Leveraging the brand’s championship-winning racing heritage to create the most track-capable Cadillacs ever built, the V-Series Blackwing models represent the pinnacle of Cadillac performance, technology and craftsmanship.
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.