manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1986 until
1993, with roughly 21,000 units built over a seven-year
OriginallydesignedtocompetewiththeMercedes-BenzSLandJaguarXJS,the Allantéfeatured a slightly modified variant of the 4.1 liter V8 used across Cadillac's model line.TheAllantéisnotedforanunusualproductionarrangement,wherecompletedbodies— designedandmanufacturedinItalybyPininfarina—wereshipped4,600mi(7,400km)from ItalyinspeciallyequippedBoeing747s,56atatime,toCadillac'sDetroit/Hamtramck Assembly plant where they were mated with domestically manufactured chassis and engine assemblies.
The 1987 Allanté featured a removable aluminum hardtop, the industry's first power retractable
AM/FM/Cellular Telephone antenna and a multi-port fuel injected variant of GM's aluminum 4.1
L (250 cu in) HT-Cadillac 4100 V8, along with roller valve lifters, high-flow cylinder heads, and a
tuned intake manifold. The roadster featured an independent strut-based suspension system
front and rear, Bosch ABS III four-wheel disc brakes and a complex lamp-out module that
substituted a burned-out bulb in the exterior lighting system with an adjacent lamp until
correction of the problem. The Delco-GM/Bose Symphony Sound System – a $905 option on other
Cadillacs – was standard on Allanté. The only option was a cellular telephone, installed in a
lockable center console.
For1988,theAllantéfeaturedrevisedfrontseatheadrests,andapowerdecklidpulldownas standardequipment. Analoginstruments,inplaceofthestandarddigitaldashcluster,werealso nowavailableasano-chargeoption.Thebasepricewasraisedto$56,533,withthecellular telephone still being the only extra-cost option.
In1989,thepriceroseto$57,183.Allanté'sengine,thenew212.0in(5,385mm)4.5LV8, produced200horsepower,andwith270lb·ft(366N·m),itprovidedthemosttorquefromany front-wheel-driveautomobileintheworld.Unlockingthetrunkalsounlockedthesidedoors– similartoMercedes-BenzandBMW.Asatheft-deterrent,AllantéaddedGM'sPassKey(Personal AutomotiveSecuritySystem),utilizingaresistorpelletwithintheignitionkeythathasthe abilitytorenderthefuelsystemandstarterinoperativeifanincorrectignitionkeyisused. Allantéalsoreceivedanewspeed-sensitivedampersystemcalledSpeedDependentDamping Control,orSD²C.Thissystemfirmedupthesuspensionat25mph(40km/h)andagainat60 mph(97km/h).Thefirmestsettingwasalsousedwhenstartingfromastandstilluntil5mph (8.0 km/h). Another change was a variable-assist steering system.
Engine4.5 litres8 cylindersPower200 HPLenght4,5 mWidht1,8 mThe collections Allante has been driven only ~34 000 kilometres. BK-Group is the first owner of this unique piece. It has also the original optional hard top roof.
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