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 automaker: Pininfarina. 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.
Club Director’s Message
The CLCMRC museum was built by CLC members and all CLC members are members of the CLCMRC. It’s your museum and everybody should visit it once and this years Fall Festival is the perfect time to come. The CLCMRC has had the Fall Festival every year since it opened. Every year it has grown, to now it is the second National Event in size. Our former Director Bob Klopfer’s Allante’ pace car is in the Museum on display. Make your calendars now, Plan on attending this event. We need a large turn out.
On April 22, 2018 we an, will have our Annual Spring Opener at Lake Lawn Resort, on Delavan Lake in Delavan, Wi. Come and enjoy fellowship with old and new friends on beautiful Delavan Lake. The cost is $26.95 each for Sunday Brunch in our private dining area over looking the lake. Rooms are available under AllanteXLR Chapter. After we will take a short drive to Stallmans Winery for a little wine and Wisconsin Cheese. Take time to socialize and be among friends. See You There.
Carl Rieken Club Director
“It’s Not Just The Car – It’s The People!”
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