Cadillac Allante
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Cadillac
Model: Allante
Cadillac Allante

Cadillac has quite the following of drivers looking to ride in style and luxury. Cadillac's first venture into the ultra-luxury roadster market was made with the Cadillac Allante. It was sold from 1987 through 1993 where it saw a decent amount of success. This model was originally designed under the code name "Callisto". In fact, the Allante had a very enormous task at hand that included an attempt to restore Cadillac to its position as a credible competitor to the Mercedes-Benz 560SL. Mechanically, its chassis and engine were originally taken from the Cadillac El Dorado, though it also shared components with the Buick Reatta, Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado. Nothing was left out of the production of the Allante. It seems that Cadillac knew they had a lot riding on the success of this model. The chassis of the Allante was made in Detroit, where it was then loaded onto specially equipped Boeing 747s and further shipped to Italy. At which point the body, designed by Pininfarina, was mounted to the chassis. Then the car was again loaded back on the jetliners and shipped back to the Detroit Assembly plant in Michigan for final completion. This was really a convoluted and trying manufacturing process. Consumers seemed to have noticed this give the nicknames that the model acquired. It was called "The Flying Italian Cadillac" and "the world's longest assembly line." Sadly, for all the effort, only 21,000 Allantes were ever built. The car did have quite a bit of success in the movie and television industry. It has appeared in the movies Tango & Cash, Terminal Velocity, Cadillac Man, Lethal Weapon 3, The Stand and Rocky V. It also had the honor of being the pace car at the 1992 Indianapolis 500. Had one wanted to purchase the Allante, it would have run around $64,843 at the time.

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