Monday, October 12, 2015

Eye-Talian Aah-Murican: 1993 Cadillac Allante

Happy Columbus Day to all Americans out on the web, a day where we celebrate that crazy Genoese sailor who tried to find his way to the East (he probably wanted some JDM parts before you could overnight them from Japan...) by sailing West. He landed on a small place called the New World along the way, but today we just want to talk cars.  To celebrate, we are going to feature some Italian built cars, and first up is a Cadillac.  Find this 1993 Cadillac Allante (Allanté) here on eBay bidding for $4,000 with a few hours to go, located in Guyton, GA.

No this Allante hasn't been granted citizenship through some jure sanguinis claim, but was actually a natural born Italian. The body was designed by Pininfarina and then assembled by Italians in Cambiano, Italy.  Each Allante was shipped airfreight to Detroit where an American V8 was shoved up front and the interior covered in cow skin and cheap plastic.

The 1993 Allanté is powered by the Northstar V8 - a 32 Valve all-aluminum American built dual overhead cam 4.6 liter tour-de-force that pumped out 295 horsepower and 290 ft-lbs of torque.  Performance was decent for 1993, with 60mph dispatched in 6.4 seconds, but this wasn't a drag strip queen, it was a boulevard cruiser with a soft top. 

See another Italian immigrant for less?


  1. Obviously the Chrysler TC, but only if you get the full Italian experience with the less common 200 hp Maserati engine and 5 speed,

  2. Replies
    1. thx, G - i struggled a little - will get to yours soon ;)

  3. The worst car ever built.

    Not because it was, in fact, the worst car ever built, but because of what it said about GM's expectations for Cadillac and Cadillac buyers at the time.

    If this is how you're going to compete with a Benz SL or Lexus SC then you might as well just give up.

  4. The car that killed the Fiat (Pininfarina) Spider.


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