Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté

For many years, I wandered junkyards in search of one of the rare Detroito-Italian cars of the late 1980s — the Cadillac Allanté and the Chrysler’s TC by Maserati. Finally, just this year, it happened: I found this 1989 Allanté in Southern California, then this TC by Maserati in Northern California, and now we’ve got this 1988 Allanté here in Denver.
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
This is the most desirable of all the HTV100 engines, with its tuned intake manifold. 170 horses in 1988.
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
The production process for these cars involved specially-equipped Boeing 747s flying complete bodies from the Pininfarina shop in Cambiano, Italy to Hamtramck, Michigan. As you might imagine, this was somewhat costly for The General and the ’88 Allanté listed at $56,533. That’s an amazing $114k in 2015 dollars.
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Since that kind of money would have bought you a brand-new 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL (or, for a few more grand, the 420SEL), the Allanté didn’t steal away many German-luxury-car shoppers with its front-wheel-drive pushrod V8.
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Urban legend has it that TC by Maserati and Allanté hardtops, in any condition, are worth an easy $1,000. Here is definitive proof that such is not the case in the real world; this hardtop has been sitting on the ground at this yard for weeks now. Perhaps someone will grab it at this weekend’s All You Can Carry For $59.99 sale.
Comes with car phone!

Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté
Junkyard Find: 1988 Cadillac Allanté

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