Road & Track called
the Allanté "the best front-drive car in the world." The January
2000 issue of Car Collector
Magazine includes the Allanté on the list of ten future classics,
concluding that "it is a car that 20 years down the road will
become one of the few American models from the late 20th century
worth having been put away."
The Allanté is arguably the most beautiful automobile ever to
wear the Cadillac
crest. The Allanté was made in Turin, Italy by the world-renowned
It was transported in special pods on Alitalia and Lufthansa Boeing
747s from Italy to Detroit. Known as the "airbridge," it was the
longest automobile assembly line in history. The Allanté was then mated
to its American-made engine and transmission on its own line at
the Hamtramck factory.
At 99.4 inches, the Allanté has the smallest wheelbase of any
Cadillac since 1908. It is a two-seat convertible with a removable
hardtop. The Allanté was made for seven model years, from 1987
to 1993. While the body style remained the same, with the exception
of minor modifications, the Allanté has three different engines.
The 1987-1988 models has a 4.1 liter, 16 valve, 170 HP, V8; the
1989-1992 model has a 4.5 liter 16 valve, 200 HP V8; and the 1993
model has the 4.6 liter, 32 valve, 295 HP Northstar V8. All of
the engines were modified from their standard Cadillac equivalent.
In 1992, General Motors lost $24.2 billion, more than any other
business on the planet. GM opted not to ante up the $240 million
to retool the Pininfarina factory. Cadillac lost the automobile
that set the design standard for its entire line.
After more than ten years since its introduction, Allanté owners
are still asked about their new Cadillac, proving the classic styling of Pininfarina is timeless.