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Pearl White Metallic | Cabriolet | 4 Speed Automatic | 4.5 litre V8 | 43,985 miles |
In its heyday, Cadillac was branded the ‘Standard of the World’ in automotive engineering, luxury, design and performance. You knew someone had made it if they arrived in a Cadillac.
An ever evolving chameleon when it came to image, from the Series 62 convertibles and hand crafted, limited-edition Eldorado Broughams of the 1950’s, Cadillac totally re-invented itself in the 1980’s launching its new halo car, the Allanté in 1987.
Styled, painted, constructed and trimmed by none-other than Pininfarina in Turin, Italy the completed bodies were shipped 56 units at a time via specially re-designed Boeing 747’s to Detroit for final assembly.
Once landed in the States, the cars were loaded off the 747 with a Boeing designed hoist and then loaded into GM Cadillac Allanté branded transporters for delivery to Detroit.
The marketing and production costs must have been huge, something we’d never see today but the final product carried an unrivalled European-style attention to detail with a very exclusive ownership base.
Like something out of an 80’s Cop sit-com, the Allanté proved popular in Hollywood. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) drove a silver Allanté in the later years of the hit TV show Dallas, Sylvester Stallone drove one in Tango and Cash, and an Allanté was driven by Joe Pesci in a Lethal Weapon film.
Travelling just 44,000 miles, offered here is an early Cadillac Allanté manufactured in November of 1987, the first year of production in exemplary and refreshingly-well preserved original condition.
Arriving on Australian shores as a personal import in 2007, presented in factory Pearl White with matching hard-top over Burgundy trim all tell-tale signs point to a meticulous ownership history.
The two seat arrangement interior is swathed in butter soft leather from the dash, bucket seats, steering wheel and even the gear shifter and is kitted out with dials, buttons and switches like the starship enterprise. Everything still carries its factory matte finish so rarely seen and it’s all totally original.
One feature that never loses its novelty is the electronic dash, it comes to life on start-up and must have seemed out of this world in 1987- the quality and clarity is still better than a lot of contemporaries on the road today *cough Range Rover cough*.
The body still retains its lightweight aluminium panels with a skin tight fit, the red pinstripe that traces around the outside, brightwork and badges are all in mint condition all neatly finished by the unblemished chrome alloys.
Accompanied by its leather-bound owner’s manual, modern service invoicing and import documentation this rare and exceptionally well maintained time warp Allanté would suit the most meticulous collector.
A standout sports luxury classic that hails from an era of outrageous indulgence never to be repeated, the Cadillac Allanté is truly something special.
In time-warp condition, driving this Allante is an event in and of itself. A unique opportunity to own a landmark car within the history of one of America’s greatest automakers this obscure curiosity is one for the savvy collector.