Back at the turn of the millennium, Cadillac was looking to reinvent itself with cool design and sporty, youthful cars. It also decided to go endurance racing. The car it created, the Northstar LMP was designed to take on Audi at all the endurance classics—Daytona, Sebring, and of course, Le Mans.
The first iteration of the Northstar LMP was based on a Riley & Scott Mk. IIIC chassis and was powered by a twin-turbo version of Cadillac's Northstar V-8. In the 2000 season, the Northstar LMP never managed a podium finish, leading Cadillac back to the drawing board. The company hired the designer of Mazda's 1991 Le Mans winner, the 787B, Nigel Stroud to revise the aero of the car for the 2001 season and develop a new car for 2002.
Stroud's reworked Northstar fared well in 2001, with good pace and strong reliability, but by that point, Audi and the R8 were pretty much unstoppable. The new Northstar was even better, with a few podium finishes towards the end of the 2002 American Le Mans Series season, but GM decided to pull Cadillac out of prototype endurance racing. The resources of the program were diverted to the successful Corvette Racing program.
It's a shame, because the Northstar LMP was a neat car with a killer engine. The Northstar also makes me nostalgic, because I had a 1:18-scale model of one.
To my surprise and delight, one of the 2001 Northstar LMPs just . Well, I should say it's a 2000 car. This is chassis #04, which is one of two 2000 Northstar LMPs upgraded to 2001-spec. It competed at Le Mans in 2000 and 2001, and got three fourth-place finishes in 2001 ALMS races.
The seller says it's equipped with a non-turbocharged Oldsmobile Aurora Indy engine—which the Northstar's twin-turbo V-8 was abased on—but the original motor is included with the sale. It's fully functional, and eligible for Daytona and Sebring classic events, in case you want to go claim the wins and podiums it never managed in period. A price isn't listed, but Northstar LMP #003 . It's a cool piece of American racing history that'd surely be a hit at your next track day.