Allanté-XLR

Chapter of the Cadillac LaSalle Club  Since 2003.

About Us

The members of the Allante’-XLR Cadillac LaSalle Club welcome you to our website!

The Allante’-XLR Chapter of the Cadillac LaSalle Club is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the Cadillac Allante’-XLR roadsters among friends. We received our charter from the Cadillac LaSalle club in 2002, and have been loyal supporters since. Our club dates back to the AAG (Allante Appreciation Group). Mark Dahl was a member of the AAG. With several members of the AAG,
they met in Chicago on November 9, 1996. Twelve members formed the Chicagoland Region of the AAG (as printed in the Allante’ World, volume 11, issue 10, dated December 1996). Mark Dahl passed away in June 2002 and at that time Bob Klopfer bought all rights to the Chicagoland Club. Bob Klopfer then renamed the club to the Chicagoland Allante’ Club. In 2002 the Chicagoland Allante’ Club received its charter from the Cadillac LaSalle Club (CLC) and became the “Allante’-XLR Chapter of the CLC”. On September 29, 2013 at the CLC Museum groundbreaking Bob donated his red 1993 Indianapolis 500 Allante’.

At the official opening September 28, 2014 Bob’s car was the centerpiece. In 2016 Bob Klopfer passed away. Subsequently, the Club bought all of the rights and interest from the Klopfer Family. We are the only Allante’-XLR Club owned by its members.

We have been an early supporter of the CLCMRC ( Cadillac LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center) In 2019 we sponsored Maurizio Corbi, lead designer from Pininfarina, at the Fall Festival. We have regular meetings, have election of officers every two years at our November annual meeting and have written by- laws. Your voice counts. “It’s not just the car …. It’s the people!”

With the CLC we are an International Club and serve the International community. The Chapter is very active in a multitude of events, Allante’-XLR car shows, tours of local interest and weekend trips are examples of our seasonal activities. Those that enjoy working on their vehicles will find our technical sessions by our Allante’-XLR technical advisor very helpful. We are a not-for-profit organization and all of our staff and officers are volunteers. We have a monthly report and a quarterly magazine, Roadsters by Cadillac, with articles of
interest and photos. We welcome you to our monthly meetings if you are in the area. The first Saturday of the month at 9:30 AM., breakfast is optional. The meeting is at the Lambs Farm, 14248 West Rockland Rd., Libertyville, IL., intersection of HWY, 176 and I-94 (toll road North). The Lambs Farm is a premier non-profit organization helping adults with developmental disabilities. We gather at their Magnolia Café and Bakery. If you happen to be in the area, you are always welcome to join us.

Also, for those not in the area, we are developing an electronic method for you to attend/participate in meetings from the comfort of your home. We will be smoothing out the wrinkles in the first few months of 2020.


Director
ALLANTE-XLR Chapter CLC

 

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Allanté-XLR Chapter of the C.&L.C.
Contact – Club Secretary
c/o 170 N Water Crest Ct
Elkhorn, WI 53121
neiljefferson@att.net

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Cadillac Museum Fall Festival

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Allanté History

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 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

Great News! The Cadillac Allante’ is the featured car at this years Cadillac LaSalle Club Museum and Research Center (CLCMRC) annual Fall Festival, at the Gilmore, at Hickory Corners, Mich. This is a great honor for our Allante’s, to be the featured car at this years fall festival. This years Fall Festival will be at the (CLCMRC) in Hickory Corners, Mich. on Sept 21-23, 2018. Let’s make this the largest gathering of Allante’s ever. We will all be parked together in the field next to the museum. The program is still being developed at this time. Registration will be after June and announced in the CLC Self Starter. At this time on Friday, we will embark on a senic driving tour. Saturday and Sunday will be a car show, judging and seminars. Allante’ will not be judged by class, but concours judged. The awards will be presented by drive-by on Sunday afternoon. With a dinner buffet after at the White Gull Inn on Gull Lake. All day Saturday and Sunday you can tour all the museums on the Gilmore grounds, over 300 cars. Enjoy the Fall Festival

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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The members of the Allanté-XLR Chapter of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club welcome you to our website!

The Allanté-XLR Chapter of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club is an open marque club dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the Cadillac Allanté & XLR automobiles among friends.

Call us today 773-616-7902

Allanté-XLR Chapter of the C.&L.C.
Contact – Club Secretary
c/o 170 N Water Crest Ct
Elkhorn, WI 53121
neiljefferson@att.net