Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1989 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
When people say "they don't make 'em like this anymore," they're referring to cars like the Brougham, which is a huge, rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame, old-school sedan. The seats are not designed to offer regenerative properties for your back, or whatever modern seats claim to do. They're designed to feel like pillows that you sink into when you sit down. The Brougham looks like the car you'd see in mobster movies set in the 1980s, which, of course, is because this is what all the 1980's mobsters drove. Mostly, it's just fun to drive down the street to our CAM test track, and pretend I was a 1980s industrial tycoon, who walked into the Cadillac dealership and ordered "the best one ya got."
For consignment, an excellent 3 owner example of a car that the first owner walked into the dealership in 1989 and said "gimme the best one you got". Whether you were a lottery winner, a business tycoon, a mobster or just a retiree who felt like it was owned to them, this truly was the best Cadillac had to offer in 1988. Low miles clocked on her, weighing in at 24,949 miles, nice paint, an abundance of chrome, and interior space with all the conveniences of the day. Now taking up some serious space in our hallowed halls.
The gold wreathed, cloisonn center crowned badge leads the way on top of the v style egg crate chromed grille which is flanked by some serious spare and rectangle design in the form of dual headlights. Just below the horizontal turn signals with a winged crown crest adhered to them, wrap around the front quarters, where they have some running lights just above them. Below all this late 80's menagerie is a clean chromed bumper with some rubber strips inserted. A large stainless rocker covering takes over up front of the wheel well and works its way to the rear of the car. This is a 4-door luxury sedan and for the gaps of this we note they are all well minded. On the roof is a retractable sunroof, and it's in the middle of a padded vinyl top in white just like the rest of the exterior. The three bedroom size trunk lid is framed on either side by vertical big bezeled taillights and more caddy crests in their centers. A shiny rear bumper is below, and I can see no problems visually with this rear framer. Gold leafed crown crests are peppering the exterior throughout the car, and for the chromed wire wheels they are also not to be out done. Finally, some tasteful red pin striping makes its way throughout the edges and panels of this wonderful piece of Detroit iron.
Just as luxurious as the exterior, we see plenty of padded vinyl wood appliqu, chromed panels and red carpeting covering the door's insides. The customary power toggles are on the armrest as the chromed door actuator and a courtesy light. Inside pillow-like red leather covered wide buckets are up front and there is a fold down red armrest in the center. These have aged gracefully and have a few folds in the leather thrown in for that character. In back a spacious rear bench has access to big pouches for storage and plenty of legroom covered entirely with well preserved, clean red carpeting. Upfront a nicely curved U shape is reserved for the dash, and it has wood appliqu within red padded surroundings. It's 1989 and all the creature comforts are controlled by push buttons and even some blue LED readouts are within. More wood appliqu for the passenger glove box and above all this finery is a tight red felted broadcloth headliner framing the sunroof.
Under the hood within a gaggle of hoses, wires and bolt ons, comfortably sits a 305ci V8 topped with a single 4-barrel carburetor, and a 200R4 4-speed automatic on back, Final drive is a 10-bolt 2.93 gas saving, (as if you care), rear axle.
Up on the lift and it can be proven from the appearance that this is truly a low mileage car. All surfaces are clean save for some road splatter over sparse surface rust and solid body on framing. Independent coil springs up front and 4 link with coil springs for the back provide the cushy rode, and power disc fronts and power drums backs provide the stopping.
I donned my wood feather accented fedora and slipped inside this late 80s luxury liner. I fired it up and after coming to life, drove to the test track where it performed just wonderfully. No issues with any power options and a very clean ride.
These cars dripped status back in the day and success was measured by the inch. There is plenty of success oozing from this low mileage square and rectangle design land yacht. I'm on my way of making it...big time! Flossy. Flossy.
5-4 Door Sedan
Y-305ci V8 4bbl
R-Arlington, TX Assy Plant
702660-Sequential Unit Number
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