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1989 Cadillac Allante

The Cadillac Allante was the inspired product of Italian-American co-production. This tradition had been established by Cadillac and Pininfarina many years before, dating back to the late 1950s with the limited-production Eldorado Brougham. Allante bodies were manufactured by Pininfarina near Turin, Italy and then air freighted (56 cars at a time) in specially equipped Boeing 747s the 4,600 miles to Cadillac's Detroit/Hamtramck Michigan plant for final assembly.

The Allante models were produced for just seven model years, spanning from 1987 through 1993. During that time, they were constantly refined and upgraded. Power was initially from Cadillac's 4.1-liter V8 mated to a front-wheel drivetrain including an automatic transmission.

The big news for the Cadillac Allante for 1989 was a larger 4.5-liter port fuel injection engine that saw an increase in power. The 90-degree, overhead valve, V8 engine with aluminum block produced 200 horsepower, an increase of 17-percent over the prior year's engine output. Zero to sixty improved from 9.5 to 8.3 seconds. Top speed also increased, from 125 to 135 mph.

The gold metallic exterior color was no longer available. Customers could select from seven different colors, including a new light blue metallic color. Inside, there were three color choices, including a new charcoal color. A new seat design was used which had a softer foam, and softer wrinkled leather trim. French seams were used for the wings and head restraints. The use of softer material continued for the instrument panel, doors, armrests and upper door trim. The carpeted floor mats were reversible and washable.

The central door unlocking was now available from the trunk. The express-down window feature for both the driver and passenger was now standard. Cadillac's VATS was also standard. A passkey personal automotive security system, utilizing a resistor pellet within the ignition key, would render the fuel system and starter inoperative in the event an incorrect ignition key was used. An engine oil life indicator was standard.

Cadillac made modifications to the Allante soft top, which helped reduce fabric wear. A self-folding fabric eliminated the need to walk around the vehicle while tucking in the fabric.

Mechanically, the Allante received a new speed-dependent suspension system which helped improve the vehicle driving characteristics. The system responded to the vehicle's speed, offering smoother or stiffer support. The speed-sensitive damper system firmed the Allante's suspension at 25 and 60 mph. The system also monitored braking and acceleration to reduce the rate of fore/aft movement. The bushing and cradle mounts were re-tuned to help improve the ride.

For 1989, the 2-door Convertible Allante sold for $57,180 - which was nearly double the cost of the next highest priced Cadillac. In total, Cadillac produced just 3,296 examples of the Allante in 1989.

by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015

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1989 Cadillac Allante vehicle information

Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1G6VR318XKU100266

This Cadillac Allante is a 1989 model, and one of just 3,296 produced for that year. Its 200 horsepower engine offered the highest of amount of power of any front-wheel drive automobile in the world. This example is complete with a hard top and stand....[continue reading]

1989 Cadillac Allante vehicle information

Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1G6UR318XKU10725

The Cadillac Allante, originally designed under the code name 'Callisto', was intended to restore the company to its position as a premium luxury automobile builder. The 4.1-liter V8 engine was shared with other Cadillacs across the line, but when sp....[continue reading]

Convertible by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 1G6VR318XKU100266 
Convertible by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 1G6UR318XKU10725 


In March of 1987, Cadillac introduced the limited production Cadillac Allanté. The famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, which had worked for many prestigious marques such as Ferrari and Rolls-Royce, was tasked to handle the coachwork. 747 aircraft were modified to carry the bodies from the Italian coachbuilder's location to Cadillac's facilities in the United States. German steel, Swiss alloy, and French exterior trim amplified the exotic nature of this vehicle.

The integrity of Allante was amplified by Cadillac by having each vehicle undergo a vigorous test-track evaluation followed by an inspection by two teams of technicians. Each team was required to sign-off on each Allanté using their own signature if the vehicle met the standards. A 7-year Limited Warranty was included with each vehicle.

With Cadillac luxury and European racing-heritage, the Allanté was the ultimate car. Bosch III Anti-Lock Braking System providing excellent stopping power while the 8-cylinder engine with Sequential-Port Fuel Injection provided smooth but impressive performance. The 16 cubic-feet of trunk space was large and accommodating, capable of transporting luggage, ski's, and golf bags.

The interior of the vehicle was plush. The Recaro seats were adorned in hand-fitted leather. The instrumentation featured analogue dials and a liquid crystal display. There was plenty of room for the driver and passengers from the two-door coupe.

From the factory, the Allante would set the buyer back just over $56,500. The aluminum block, cast-iron cylinder heads and liners, 90-degree 8-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower provided ample power to carry the 3490 pound vehicle. During its production run, only 2569 units were produced, guaranteeing their exclusivity in modern times.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006

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