For those of you longing for a return of good old American luxury
cars, vehicles like this 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham are
probably the best you can hope for today. With just 89,222 believed
original miles, this is a very well-maintained original car that
definitely delivers that pillow-plush ride and super silent ride
that so many of us loved.
Very appealing Light Royal Blue paint doesn't hurt, either, and few
late-model cars are as recognizable as this long light blue sedan.
The chiseled lines and formal padded roof screamed "CADILLAC!" loud
and clear and nothing else on the roads (then and now) can measure
up to its awesome 18-foot length. That's original paint and there's
just no doubt that this car has low mileage, because it's in very
impressive condition for being 36 years old. The doors fit
beautifully and still need a good slam because of the extra-thick
seals that keep out noise. The tall rear bumpers and taillights
recall tailfins of the past, and the only real demerit on the
exterior of the car are some light scratches found upon closer
examination, which are common on these cars and could be
drastically improved with a professional cut-and-buff detail job. A
single pinstripe and fender-to-fender profile trim highlights the
car's length, and despite its luxury car look, the use of chrome is
fairly restrained. Well, it's restrained for a Cadillac, that is.
And I, for one, really love to see it with the padded roof (still
an expensive option in 1984), which adds a touch of sophistication
to his beautiful luxury 4-door.
The blue cloth interior is likewise all original and offers a
slightly darker contrast to the light blue paint outside. Aside
from some minor comfort marks on the driver's seat, it's remarkably
well-preserved with soft, tufted, pillow-top hides and nice carpets
that have obviously always been protected by floor mats all their
lives. The instrument panel wears some of GM's finest faux lumber
but the controls are pretty easy to figure out and use, from the
automatic climate control to the power windows to your left. Heck,
this one's so original, even the factory AM/FM/cassette "Symphony
Sound" stereo head unit's still in the dash and has a pleasing,
warm tone that feels luxurious to your ears, and the factory air
conditioning system is still blowing cold air int the cabin.
Options are plentiful as well, including power seats, locks, and
windows, along with cruise control and a comfortable original
steering wheel that's mounted atop a tilt column. There's huge
stretch out space in back that you just can't get in any car today
and the seating surfaces look virtually new. And yes, the trunk is
giant and is still wearing its original carpet and full-size spare
tire and jack set.
Cadillac's 4.1 liter V8 was used practically across the board in
most models, and if it's properly maintained like this one, it has
proven itself to be reliable, smooth, and torquey. The car's mass
doesn't seem to bother it and few cars can cruise the highways
better than this. It's obviously very nicely maintained with only
signs of service parts having been replaced in the past, so it runs
beautifully and doesn't complain about today's fuels. It starts
easily and idles so smoothly you'll have to check yourself before
hitting the starter for a second time, and combined with a 200-4R
4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, it actually gets decent
fuel economy, too (well, at least for a giant luxury car, that is).
The chassis is ultra-clean, indicative of a low-mile car that's
always been treated well, and the single exhaust system offers just
a muted hum to suggest life under the hood. Stylish wired hubcaps
and 215/75/15 Hankook whitewall radials complete the timeless
luxury car look.
If there's more sheetmetal for the money anywhere else, I'd be
shocked. Get some A-list transportation for the cost of some
imported clunker and take this classic Fleetwood Brougham home