1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham – SOLD!

by | Oct 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

October 10, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Cadillac’s customers were still young enough in the early 1980s to scoop up the GM Divisions’ traditional offerings and 1984, with just over 320K units sold, proved to be the biggest year of the 1980s for the brand.  While Eldorados accounted for one-quarter of that total, over half came from the Deville line.  The top of the DeVille pecking order was the Fleetwood Brougham such as this all dark blue 1984 example originally listed in September 2021 on Craigslist in Library, Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) for $7,450.

A check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Fleetwood priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $6,100 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $7,700.   Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review for a similar 1983 model reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $6,950 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $11,125.

For 1977, GM significantly downsized its full-sized cars. Both The DeVille and Fleetwood Brougham rode on the same 121.5-inch wheelbase and were powered by the 425 cubic inch V8. This engine was basically a de-bored version of the 472/500 cubic inch V8 of previous years. Compared with the 1976 Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham, the 1977 Fleetwood Brougham had a wheelbase nearly one foot shorter and weighed nearly 900 pounds less. The new Fleetwood Brougham, which had lost its exclusive longer wheelbase, was now virtually identical to the lesser Sedan DeVille. Other than the name, there were only subtle exterior differences between a Fleetwood Brougham and Sedan DeVille. The interior of the Fleetwood was plusher and offered more features as standard.

In 1980, GM gave all of the full-sized B and C-body line new sheet metal to tidy up the styling and improve aerodynamics.  The 425 cubic inch V8 was further de-bored for 1980-81 to 368 cubic inches in order to comply with newly-enacted CAFE standards. For 1981, the 368 was provided with a modulated displacement system designed by Eaton Corporation, controlled by a digital computer, which locked off intake and exhaust valves to two or four of the eight cylinders, thus running effectively as a V6 or V4 under light load conditions when in third gear, and over 35 miles per hour. This engine, dubbed “V8-6-4”, proved to be unrefined for smooth operation and it was dropped from all models but limousines after 1981. For 1984, Cadillac fitted their new aluminum HT4100, 4.1L V8 into their entire lineup.  Rated at only 135 horsepower, power by this time could barely be described as adequate.

While this commercial is two model years newer, it still provides perspective on how little Cadillac changed the traditional Fleetwood Brougham during the 1980s:

This otherwise very clean 1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham is held back a bit by the deteriorated ABS bumper fillers, particularly the rear units.  Luckily more durable fiberglass replacements are readily available that can be painted and fitted to match.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1984 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, dark blue metallic exterior w/dark blue leather interior, 4.1L, automatic, full power, 111k miles. Great looking Cadillac with a clean exterior and beautiful interior, excellent chrome, excellent vinyl top, well maintained, always garaged, runs and drives excellent, typical bumper filler panel deterioration in rear and small front side fender ones as seen in pictures, titled as antique, no disappointments! IF YOU ARE READING THIS POSTING THEN THE CADILLAC IS STILL AVAILABLE. Please call for more information and leave a voicemail if necessary – I will return your call. No texts, please. Thanks.

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