This is one of those cars—one of an alleged five built in total—and it has made its way onto eBay. Fans of four-wheeled oddity, here’s your next ride.
First, the specs. This Cadillac Eldorado, known as a Mosler TwinStar, features a stock 275 horsepower V8 up front, courtesy of the original Eldorado donor vehicle, while at the rear it packs a 300 horsepower variant from the sportier ETC. Both come paired with separate automatic transmissions, and have had their throttles synchronized.
Of its own accord, that’s simply odd. But according to a period write-up in Car and Driver, the separate drivetrains also sport different shift points and gear ratios. The result, apart from all-wheel drive, is a car that pulls hard constantly due to its various shifts. Inside, the coupe features two tachometers to monitor those sovereign engines—imagine watching those dials dance independently.
So is it fast? C&D tests revealed a car that was remarkably well balanced on track and could put down a zero to 60 mph time of just five seconds. The quarter mile? That disappeared in a brisk 13.4 ticks at 108 mph. Then again, you’d expect a car with 575 horsepower and 9.2-liters of displacement to be quick.
That said, the TwinStar Cadillac isn’t what you’d call light, or for that matter, shapely. C&D notes these cars tipped the scales at a hefty 4,780 pounds. The extreme long wheelbase look hasn’t aged very well, either. Original cost in the year 2000? About $30,000 plus the donor car.
Hate it or love it, it’s indeed a very unique vehicle, and interestingly this one has a touch of celebrity provenance too. According to the listing, the Cadillac was previously owned by “The Big Man” and saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Clarence Clemons.
Auction results show the Mosler TwinStar sold earlier this year at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale event for $45,000. Today, bidding on eBay hovers around the $5,500 mark, reserve unmet.