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 |  Apr 06 2009, 4:50 PM

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Looking for a real piece of American automotive history? Sure, you could saunter down to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Fla. this weekend and bid on a classic Corvette that speaks to all that General Motors once was, or… you could bid on a vehicle that was made just last year and is one of the greatest products to ever roll off a GM assembly line.

Yup, a Cadillac CTS-V.

Wait… not “a” CTS-V, but “the” CTS-V; the very car that John Heinricy piloted around the Nürburgring to a record-setting 7:59 lap time. With a 556hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8, this all-American sedan trounced its German competitors (the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63) in their native land.

Oh, and like any great American car, it knows how to hustle in a straight line with a 3.9 second 0-60 mph time.

See our review of the CTS-V here:

2009 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive

GALLERY: 2009 Cadillac CTS-V

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[Source: Barrett-Jackson]