Today’s classic Cadillac is owned by Bryan Wood of Chicagoland, and a fellow member of The American Brougham Society. No, not the group with the guy with the VW with the standup hood ornament, the one run by “That Hartford Guy” who owns a 1961 Cadillac Sedan de Ville and 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe. Which reminds me, I should write his cars up too. Well! Some other time. Today, let’s keep the digressions to a minimum, haha.
I know I’ve written up at least a couple of Broughams on these digital pages, but what can I say? I love these cars. When I was 10-11 I dreamed of owning one of these cars, not a 911 or Testarossa. I’ve always dearly loved giant Cadillacs, Lincolns and Chrysler New Yorkers. They’re so sumptuous, so chromed out. I just love seeing them.
So here we go again. As previously mentioned, today’s car is owned by Bryan Wood. He told me a little about the car, as follows below:
“We bought the car 9 years ago from the original owners estate. It had 36,000 miles on it then. It has 44,800 on it now. Is 95 percent original. Wintered in Florida. Has won awards locally, at West of the Lake Chapter shows in Chicagoland, and awards the last 2 years at the Cadillac Fall Festival. Delivered new at Heritage Cadillac in Lombard.”
This car also has the optional 5.7 liter V8, with 185 horsepower. Now, that may sound a little low with today’s 300+ hp Impalas, but you have to factor in that old time classic V8 torque. No lunchbox-sized 2.0 liter turbo mills on these. No way! This car was delivered to its original owner by Heritage Cadillac on December 27th, 1989. Total price? $32,500.
Not a bad deal for such an imposing luxury car. Let’s face it, this was no Lumina or Taurus! Finished in Cotillion White over Antelope leather interior, it cuts a striking figure in Chicago traffic, with all the me-too silver silvermist CR-Vs, Rogues and Altimas.
Color and trim was more plentiful than in The Year Of Our Lord 2019 as well. No jade green, sadly, but lovely blue and red hues, and Brownstone was rather compelling too.
And how could you not love the red and navy interior color choices? I’ve always been fond of U.S. domestic-lux sedans in navy, dark green and burgundy.
Classy colors for classy cars. Oh, and special thanks to my buddy Jayson Coombes for meticulously scanning his original Cadillac color charts for me!
Best of all, it’s a Cadillac. Classic styling, classic comfort and that good old V8 feeling. What’s not to like? I want one. Just need to get that three car garage…