The last of the true American rear-wheel-drive land cruisers, this
1986 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham provides a ride like nothing
you've ever driven before. If you're already a fan, I don't have to
tell you about the almost unbelievable feeling of isolation inside,
and if you're looking for your first hobby car, this might be a
great choice because there will never be anything like it
Driven around 2200 miles per year, this Cadillac definitely doesn't look its age. Sparkling Diamond Blue paint with a matching padded vinyl roof were great choices for a car in the warm, sunny south like this one, and it still looks impressive today. The long bodywork stretches nearly 19 feet, and it was the longest car in production in 1989, just in case size matters. Clearly someone has been taking good care of it, because all four doors fit well (they used extra seals on the Brougham to ensure silence inside), the paint has a nice shine (it was repainted last year), and the chrome shows only minor signs of age. There are no winters in this car's history, so rust is a non-issue, and despite the fact that the design dates back to the late-70s, it has aged quite gracefully and still looks great today. The padded roof shows almost no discoloration, no tears, and definitely no rust underneath, which is a frequent issue with cars like this from up north.
Cadillac's top-of-the-line looks the part with a sumptuous blue leather interior. The seats are still supportive and supple, the perfect place to eat up hundreds of miles in relaxed comfort. Every available power accessory was standard equipment, including dual power seats, power windows, power locks, cruise control, a tilt wheel, and automatic climate control. The navy blue carpets and dash look great with the matching dark blue leather, offering a somewhat nautical feel which seems appropriate in this vintage land yacht. The back seat offers accommodations that you might only find in a limousine these days, with stretch-out legroom that could probably qualify for its own zip code. The original AM/FM/cassette stereo sounds great in the hushed cabin, and the massive trunk includes its original mats, spare, and jack assembly.
The engine is a 5.0L V8, not from Cadillac but Oldsmobile. Reliable, unobtrusive, torquey, and smooth, it's the ideal powerplant for a luxury cruiser like this. No, it won't win you any drag races, but it loafs along at 75 MPH without a single vibration or sound intruding into the cabin, and you just know this car was designed for guys in Texas who like to haul across the desert at 100 MPH. It's nicely maintained, and thanks to its low mileage, just getting broken in, as these cars are known to run for more than 150,000 miles without needing much more than oil changes. A 4-speed automatic transmission helps with the luxury mission with smooth shifts, and the suspension rides like a cloud regardless of the load, thanks to an automatic leveling system. 15-inch wheels with stock wire wheelcovers have been shod with 225/75/15 Goodyear whitewall radials.
Cars like this not only represent a ton of sheetmetal for the money, where else are you going to get a full-sized, V8-powered Cadillac for the price of a 10-year-old Honda? Call today!
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