This 1989 Allante has spent its entire life in Santa Barbara, California, where it was purchased new. The car was owned by an elderly couple (the 1st owners) who recently stopped driving and the husband passed away shortly thereafter. It was their 3rd vehicle, hence the low mileage, under 22,000 miles. It was used as a "go to the country club" vehicle and nothing else.
Originally designed under the code name "Callisto", the Allanté was intended to restore Cadillac to its position as a premium luxury automobile builder. Allanté's direct competitor was the very successful Mercedes-Benz SL, and to a smaller degree, the Jaguar XJS. Allanté's 4.1 liter V8 was shared with other Cadillacs across the line, but when specified to the Allanté, several changes were made. Unlike Buick's Reatta, which shared powertrain and underpinnings from the Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado, Cadillac borrowed very little from the Eldorado and Seville for Allanté.
The body of the Allanté was designed and built in Italy by Pininfarina (of Ferrari fame). The completed bodies were shipped 3,300 miles (5,300 km) from Italy in specially equipped Boeing 747s, 56 at a time, to Cadillac's Detroit / Hamtramck Assembly plant. The bodies were then mated to the chassis. This led to a few interesting nicknames, such as "The Flying Italian Cadillac" and "The world's longest assembly line."
We are a franchise SAAB dealer that also specializes in Bentley, Bitter, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Jensen, Lamborghini, Lexus, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, and Rover leasing, parts, sales, and service. We have been in business since 1973, a member of the Better Business Bureau, and have an AAA+ credit rating. When Alfa Romeo and Peugeot were selling in the United States, we were one of their dealers. We got our start as the expert in service of 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s Mercedes-Benz automobiles for South-Central Kansas and broke into a full-service organization.
The daughter of the former owner, who is in the automotive business (wrecking and towing, and she has several nice automobiles) did not want the vehicle and we came across it, bought it, and had it shipped to us.
It definitely looks and acts like a 1-owner vehicle, but it had a few issues, which we have had fixed. The car sat for a couple of years and the brakes, electrical, fluids, hoses, and transmission needed to be completely gone through. We did all of that and really did not find any surprises. They claimed that the air blew cold, and it did not, but we fixed that. It was simply a Freon issue. We did some work on the compressor, but kept the original one. The original paint was a little stale from sitting, but after a good buffing it looks showroom new. The tires were better than we would have thought and we are keeping them.
Most of the cars did NOT come with a factory hard-top, and this one DOES. The soft-top is perfect with no blemishes. The stereo is quirky. They were never that great to start...
Several members of our team have driven this car and really love it... We are in convertable season... We would keep the car as a driver, but being a SAAB dealer, it sends the wrong message, so we are offering it for sale... Contact us for more information and / or a test drive.