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Autotrader Find: 1989 Cadillac Brougham With 5,300 Miles


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 capsuleSee 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

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t think the wheels are aftermarket. Cadillac offered very expensive REAL wire wheels throughout the 80s. Look up the old brochures from that time period; the wheels look exactly like these.

  2. Seen a 2010 Crown Vic on Cortez Sale and Swap last night with like 5300 miles on it.  Part of an estate sale, first $10k cash walked away with it

  3. Was VERY dated even when this was new! By 1989 GM had already came out with W-Body sedans (Olds Cutlass Supreme/Chevy Lumina/Pontiac Grand Prix) that looked like spaceships next to this dinosaur. Makes it interesting even back then!

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