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Pick of the Day: The Italian Cadillac

Allante luxury roadster rode the air bridge from Pininfarina to Michigan for final assembly

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In what may have been one of the most expensive vehicle production systems ever devised, Cadillac of Detroit worked with Pininfarina of Italy to produce the Allante, a luxury 2-seater. Bodies and interiors were created in Torino, then traveled via the “air bridge” across the Atlantic in specially equipped Boeing 747s to Michigan, where the powertrain, suspension, etc., were installed. 

Euro-American vehicles had been done before, but made the crossing via ship. Between 1987 and 1993, more than 21,000 Allante chassis traveled the air bridge. We don’t know what the “toll” for such travel might have been, but the cars were priced at around $55,000, or some $20K more than a Chevrolet Corvette.

But they were stylish, and they came with a story to delight your buddies at the country club. They came with anti-lock brakes and you could order yours with something called a cellular telephone. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Cadillac Allante being offered for sale by its second owner. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Cadillac Allante being offered for sale by its second owner. 
The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Cadillac Allante being offered for sale by its second owner. 
The Pick of the Day is a 1991 Cadillac Allante being offered for sale by its second owner. 
Hardtop has its own stand for storage

“I’ve owned this Allante since December of 1999 and I’m the second owner of the fine low-mileage car,less than 27,000 miles,” says the private seller advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. “I’ve gotten to the point of having too many cars in relation to my age.

“The first one I had to sell was a ‘64 Vette about six month ago and it broke my heart. The next one is this Allante. which is also hard to part with.  

“This is an Italian-made American sports car.  The body design and coachwork is by Pininfarina in Turin, Italy. They would fly the bodies in to Michigan, US, on a specially built 747.  I personally stopped by the Pininfarina plant while I was in Italy one time and unfortunately was unable to tour the plant because I hadn’t made a pre-arranged appointment.  

“This two-seater has black leather interior with a tilt steering wheel and dealer installed radar detection system.  The car has functioning Air Conditioning system and a  headlight washing system… The car comes with both a soft top in excellent condition and a separate hard top.  The hard top includes a special designed stand and cover.”

The car, which is Bloomfield, New Jersey, is being offered for $15,500. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Just drove a 91 with my son at the Watkins Glen, NY Vintage Grand Prix.
    Car got a lot of attention. A small crowd cheered “Allante!” every time we passed.
    (And we drove it to NY and back from our home in Virginia without any issue.)

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