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 1 owner and 1 driver example of a car
that the 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
1989. Only used to convey 2 people, 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 faded to silver wreathed, cloisonne 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 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 wheel covers they are also not to be out
done. Finally, some tasteful black pin striping makes its way
throughout the edges and panels of this wonderful piece of Detroit
iron. Overall the paint presents well with some minor chips,
staining and a few cracks and missing pieces of the filler panels,
but the body remains rust free.
Just as luxurious as the exterior, we see plenty of white padded
vinyl wood applique, chromed panels and black 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 white leather covered wide buckets are up front and
there is a fold down white 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 black carpeting. Upfront a nicely curved U shape
is reserved for the dash, and it has wood applique within the black
padded surroundings. It's 1989 and all the creature comforts are
controlled by push buttons and even some blue LCD readouts are
within. More wood applique for the passenger glove box and above
all this finery is a heavily sagged and stained white felted
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 a well cared for car. All surfaces are clean save for some road
splatter over sparse surface rust and solid body on framing all
covered in black undercoating. 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
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 square and
rectangle design land yacht. I'm on my way of making it...big time!
5-4 Door Sedan
Y-305ci V8 4bbl
R-Arlington, TX Assy Plant
719680-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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