- 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

The Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham; The Last of the True Cadillacs.

Taking a look at why the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham is still today the last true 'Classic' Cadillac seen commonly on the roads in North America.

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Love it, or hate it, the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham is the last of the 'classic' Cadillacs. Particularly speaking, it is one of my all-time favourite Cadillac sedans. Especially the 1986 model year. It is a sedan that brings forth the old-style Cadillac charm and size but provides its occupants with modern touches like powered seats and windows and even door locks. Other features like automatic climate control, a digital speedometer (older model years), and even a power dimming mirror. It has the style, charm and ride of the good ole days but gives you enough features to keep your mindset from falling into the stone age of vehicles.

Performance Is Not A Word To Describe This Sedan

Cadillac 5.0-litre Engine

Cadillac 5.0-litre Engine

It was not a fast vehicle. At 140 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0-litre V8, you could barely notice you were moving in a 5,000 lbs vehicle. However, a sedan like this was never about just getting from point A to point B or going fast. A sedan like this was about the journey and taking command of the road from behind your steering wheel. Fuel MPG was not great either but that all did not matter with this vehicle. It was an experience and journey. Not just a simple drive. Although, better fuel MPG would have been nice. The Hummer is considered an environmentally friendly vehicle when compared to this.

The Interior Is Every Bit Of The Word Elegant.

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Interior.

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Interior.

Big is the first impression that many think and see when looking at the interior of this car. The seats are generously wide. So much so that you really could fit two people in one seat cushion. Turning your six-person vehicle into a ten-passenger car. That is a lot of people.

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Interior.

1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Interior.

Looking forward to the dash of the vehicle it is very much something that does lack a bit of character style as its appearance comes off as really rectangular and lacks curves. However, between the vinyl, leather, wood and chrome it is surely Cadillac living up to every inch of its name in luxury.. The materials blend perfectly with one another and you have to admit it is a rather nice dash to look at.

The Size Mimics That Of A Pickup Truck.

Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

In 1986, the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was the longest new production car at the time in the world at 221-inches. Size mattered in old luxury vehicles. The trunk, particularly speaking, was a measure of the vehicle's luxury. It was also a good starting place for the Mob and how many bodies could fit in it, but will leave that topic for a later discussion. The size of this car is massive and to put its size into perspective it is exactly 0.5 of an inch smaller than a full-sized 2012 RAM 1500 pickup truck. The most surprising thing is a lot of that 221-inches is the interior room. No complaints of rear-seat foot room will be made in this car. Bigger was better in the old style of American luxury vehicles.

What Makes This Sedan So Special?

Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

What makes this sedan so special is what it symbolized and how it portrayed the Cadillac image with a modern edge. It was large, slow and it was ridiculous for its time, especially after an oil crisis. It was not a perfect sedan in any sense of the word. It was expensive at $34,000+ in 1986. Which was a lot of money back then. However, while Cadillac fell on hard times after the production of this particular generation of the Fleetwood Brougham, it reminds us still today of that true charm and style that Cadillac was founded, on and was successful for during the many years of production of old-style classic Cadillacs. It is my favourite Cadillac and always will be because it is an homage and staple to the past. They built a car on the foundation that made them so popular and gave it as a final proper send-off to the old ways of American car design and functionality. It is the true last definition of what makes a 'classic' Cadillac.

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Comments (14)

  • My grandfather had an extended 76 Fleetwood Brougham with a 500cuin mill and a custom color of a grey/silver and he called it "The Grey Goose". My uncle has had it in storage rotting away since his death in 1997. Sad fate for such a great car.

      25 days ago
  • Ah, right before they tried to be more German.

      25 days ago
  • Now there's a Caddy. A daily driver, complete with a coffin in back...

      24 days ago
  • I remember these well as I grew up in the late 70’s early 80’s these things were land yachts especially the cars from the early 70’s were Dinosaurs looking back at the time we will likely never ever see big cars on the road ever again

      24 days ago
    • Not likely. I have, however, seen a lot of these 80s Cadillac's on the road recently. I miss the days when these large cars dominated the road. Simpler times if you ask me...Although people don't want large cars anymore.

        24 days ago
    • I completely agree with you there

        24 days ago
  • My first car was an '87 Fleetwood Brougham. It had a lot of issues including:

    -non-functional gas gauge, just filled up every 150 miles

    -passenger door did not open from the outside

    -radio/cassette player did not work; replaced it with a large portable boombox

    -massive sunroof didn't open-and also leaked

    -alarm system would go off every time you locked it, so I never locked the vehicle

    -ate oil faster than it consumed gas

    -transmission was going out...and eventually did leading to its demise

    despite all of that, I loved that freakin car. I want another one

      24 days ago
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