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 9:00 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 working on using Zoom as a method for participation. This has not gone smoothly and we are working on making improvements.



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

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Allanté History

Allanté History Road & Track called the Allanté "the best front-drive car in the world." The January 2000 issue of Car Collector Magazineincludes the Allanté on the list of ten future classics, concluding that "it is a car that 20 years down the road will become...

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.


Founded in Detroit


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 Director
c/o 170 N Water Crest Ct
Elkhorn, WI 53121