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Lot 032: Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (22 October 2008)

The most famous name in American automotive history, Cadillac has always been regarded as that country's premier luxury brand, enjoying a status equivalent to Rolls-Royce in the UK. Top of the Cadillac range since 1927 have always been the Fleetwood models, named after America's top coachbuilding firm, Fleetwood Metal Body Company, which had been making bodies for upmarket cars from 1909 until it was bought out by General Motors in 1925.

By the early 1970s Cadillac Fleetwoods had reached truly massive proportions, with a 130-inch wheelbase and V8 engines up to 8.2-litres in size. When the fuel crisis struck in the mid-70s, these mammoths became virtually unsaleable overnight so a smaller Fleetwood was introduced in 1977 which remained in production until 1988. Now with a shorter 121-inch wheelbase, it came with a variety of engine sizes ranging from a 180bhp 7-litre V8 to a 125bhp 4.1-litre V6. All were lavishly appointed in typical American kitsch style, with acres of wood-effect metal and plastic and shag-pile seat covers you could lose a cat in.

Made in 1981, this Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham has the smaller 4.1-litre V6 engine for acceptable fuel economy, though it has such a deep, rumbling exhaust note that you would swear it had a huge V8! It has been in the current ownership since 1990 when it was imported to England from the Isle of Man. Throughout this time it has been in regular light use as a wedding car and is said to drive very well indeed.

The owner was told when he acquired the car that it had formerly belonged to Cynthia Lennon (first wife of Beatle John Lennon), who was living on the Isle of Man at the time, though there is no documentary evidence to support this claim. Currently taxed and with an MOT until July 2009, the car is ready to drive away today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number032
Estimate£3000-£5000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1981
Condition rating0
Registration numberFNP 245W
Mileage-
Chassis number196AB6941B9154077
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)4100
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors