In 1992, on the occasion of its 90th anniversary and the last year of production of the popular Allante, Cadillac unveiled its new Northstar V8 engine. Later that year, the final 4,670 Allantes were produced, each featuring Cadillac’s new flagship powerplant and the latest in technology and comfort. Since 1987 the beautiful Pininfarina-designed cars were America’s answer to the sporty roadsters of Europe, offering excellent performance and good looks to match. After traveling via 747 from Torino to Detroit, every Allante body was outfitted with a Northstar engine and the Cadillac coat of arms.
In addition to the Quiet Coil Direct Ignition System and Fluid Induction System, the car’s handling abilities were greatly improved with road-sensing suspension, speed sensitive steering, and a Bosch traction control system. Priced at nearly $60,000, the Allante was intended to showcase Cadillac’s capacity for competitiveness not only within the American luxury car segment but also on the country roads of Europe. A pricey and very exclusive automobile, the Allante has become a collector car in its own right as it combines the finest in Detroit engineering with handsome Italian styling.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
295 hp, 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, fully independent suspension, four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 99.4"
Source: RM Auctions
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