October 20, 2011
Cadillac Allantes were built from 1987 to 1993. The powerful Northstar engine, once named one of the 10 best engines in the world by Wards, was only placed in the car the last year of production. It had nearly 300 hp and nearly 300 foot pounds of torque with 32 valves and burned premium fuel. Earlier models had a 200 hp engine and different suspension, making it a better car for city driving on bad city streets, while the 93 utilized a smart suspension that reacted to every bump independently at each wheel. Both versions are dreamy on the highway while economy is probably average at around 22 to 24 highway using premium fuel. Very few parts are available from Cadillac new anymore, but three devoted individuals in California, Florida and New Jersey have most parts used in case you need something.
I have owned three of these! A 91, and two different 93's. I prefer the 93 for it's stunning performance off the line. All have traction control and on-board diagnostics, way ahead of it's time back then. You don't need to have someone read a code on these cars, just read it yourself on the dash.
Bose radios in the early models do have some issues with the speakers, while the 93 does not. Cadillac replaced the Bose with their own system and it sounds really great.
I would recommend these cars to anyone looking for a stunning toy car. Cadillac cars have never been known as truly very reliable in ratings from Consumer Reports, but very few cars are. So expect you will have to pay to have some parts replaced from time to time, but the rewards are well worth it in my opinion. If you like to get your hands dirty and do your own work, get a service manual. This is not your father's Cadillac and a lot of new technology that's in this car could stop you cold without the book.
This was the most expensive Cadillac ever built at this time. Average prices were just below and then above $60,000 in the last year of production, 1993. In May of '92, the Cadillac Allante was the Indy Pace Car. All these Allantes were built in the highest and longest assembly line in the world. Designed in Italy by PininFarina of Farrari fame, parts were shipped to Italy from around the globe including Michigan by 747 Boeing aircraft, the bodies assembled in Italy and then flown back to Michigan on those same 747 aircraft for chassis assembly. Their styling is timeless and since so few were made over the years, a lot of people think they are new Cadillac models.
I love mine, but maybe that's just me. I do most of the little projects on the car myself and recently took it on a 3,000 mile road trip.