Pictured above is the flagship 1980s Cadillac — the Brougham — finished in black, with a red leather interior. This, in itself, is not especially unusual. What’s unusual is the fact that this particular car has covered just 5,392 miles since new, making it a bit of a 1980s Cadillac time capsule. See the Cadillac Brougham models for sale near you
Offered by Colonial Cadillac in the Boston suburbs, this 1989 Cadillac Brougham is available for $22,888, which would be huge money for a 28-year-old Cadillac, except for the fact that this particular 28-year-old Cadillac has traveled the distance most people drive in six months. It’s rather humorous to see it sharing the showroom floor with the latest Escalades, as they’re both basically new cars — despite huge differences in styling, quality, equipment and basically everything else.
Although the listing describes the condition and rarity of the car (“hand-picked by the owner” and “appraised for $26,000”), it doesn’t cover the thing I’m most interested in, which is how it came to this point in the first place. The Carfax report provides some clues: It appears this Brougham was sold new in June 1989 in Middletown, New York, which is about an hour northwest of New York City. The Carfax report doesn’t have a single mileage record until 2010 (at 4,440), which suggests the odometer could’ve rolled over after 100,000 — but it’s more likely that the car just wasn’t getting driven, so it never obtained mileage records as it visited the dealership.
Disappointingly, we’ll probably never know why this car ended up in this state, perfectly preserved except for what I believe are aftermarket wheels. But, indeed, it’s a time capsule, with a perfect exterior, an untarnished vinyl roof and hilariously absurd overstuffed red leather upholstery throughout the cabin. Even the headliner is red.
Indeed, looking at these photos, you start to realize they don’t make ’em like they used to — with good reason. But if you want a little taste of Cadillac nostalgia, here’s your chance. Find a 1989 Cadillac Brougham for sale