Stunning Coupe: 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood – SOLD!

by | Dec 2022 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

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December 20, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.

Early 90s GM products historically have not been incredibly sought-after. Blame mass production, bad build quality, and lack of good examples are justifiable reasons they’ve languished a bit compared to other marques. However, when you find a nice one, it’s hard to look away – especially since survivors from any Big Three brands are in short supply. This beautiful 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe is one such example, as seeing a legit survivor in time-warp condition reminds us just how attractive the designs from this era were. The longtime owner of this Fleetwood once listed his car in November 2022 on Craigslist in Sebring, Florida, for $10,500. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide shows that the seller is asking for reasonable money, given that the average sale price is now clocking in at almost $15,000.

The other day, I came across a 1991 Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo and was reminded that for a car with little in the way of redeeming driving qualities, it was a damn striking design. Who but GM could pull off hideaway headlights in the early 90s? The sad thing is that perceptions of shoddy build quality overshadowed any significant technological or design achievements. And sometimes, the perception was, indeed, reality as it was hard to deny that the import brands were overtaking the home team in terms of build quality and driving experience. Cadillac was still a household name for American consumers of a certain age who wanted the best luxury car money could buy. Whether it was or wasn’t didn’t really matter given the blind brand loyalty many of the retiree set still had in the early 1990s.

The MotorWeek RetroReview YouTube Channel features this vintage test drive of the updated 1989 Cadillac Fleetwood line to see improvements had been made over the launch model:

This Cadillac Fleetwood is in stunning condition and, according to the seller, has been in Florida since new and has 46,000 miles listed, but the ad also mentions that the odometer has rolled over. It’s a shame that occurred because, looking at the photos, I would absolutely believe this Cadillac has under 50,000 miles. The paint is beautiful, but the red leather interior is the show-stopper; white on red is always a stunning combination, but it’s somehow even more radiant on a Cadillac of a certain age. The Cadillac comes with “…tons of records and receipts” along with all dealership and factory documentation since new. The seller has also recently undertaken the expense of renewing the air conditioning system, a must-have in Florida, with a new evaporator, condenser, compressor, and dryer installed under his ownership. Impressively, he claims there have been zero accidents and no evidence of paintwork, ever. Given how few of these appear for sale in two-door form and in this sort of condition, I don’t anticipate this Fleetwood will stick around long.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Absolutely Beautiful 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe with only 46,000 miles always garage kept Florida car. These Fleetwood Coupes are a very rare car and one in this condition is an amazing find. This car comes with every document from the original window sticker to the original buyers documents and tons of records and recipes. Car has been well loved and maintained since new, drives excellent with no issues whatsoever. Air conditioning system has recently been completely replaced including the evaporator, condenser, compressor, and dryer. Ac is ice cold. Car has always been well maintained with no expense spared. Never an accident or paint work. The car is located at my home in Sebring Florida 33870.Thanks for letting me share.

Luxury coupe: when’s the last time you saw a Fleetwood from the early 90s in this sort of time-warp condition?    

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