The Cadillac Allante was an attempt by Cadillac to restore its lead in the luxury automobile market. It was built between 1987 and 1993.Although and American automobile, the Allante was designed and the body produced in Italy.
From 1987 through 1988, the Allante was powered by a 4.1 L HT-4100 V8 engine with a four speed F-7 automatic transmission. The auto was priced at just over 54 thousand dollars when it was first introduced.
Several things were new for the 1989 model year including an increased price. A new engine was also introduced this year, the new 4.5 L V8. The theft deterrent system was upgraded as well. It included General Motors new PASS KEY system which renders the fuel system and starter inoperative if the wrong igition key is inserted.
The Allante was a luxury car that saw many new features introduced to the market. At this time cell phone were not in wide use as they are today and the inclusion of a fully intergrated cell phone was a popular option. Along with the cellphone Allante owners were given a 1-800 number to for customer services issues and concerns.
1992 saw another increase in price for the Allante and now there were two models to choose from. One was the convertible which sold for just over fifty eight thousand dollars and the hardtop asking prices was over sixty four thousand dollars.
The Allante had been given a front wheel drive which received heavy criticism. Generally speaking, most luxury cars are giving rear wheel drive because of overall ride performance.
Though in production for 7 years only 21,000 thousand models were built and sold. Sales were never what General Motors had hoped and given the expense of produce the automobiles body overseas and the transport to the United States for assembly, the Cadillac Allante last for far fewer years than was actually intended.