Car News:  Oversteer

Autotrader Find: 1989 Cadillac Brougham With 5,300 Miles

RELATED READING
See all Cadillac Brougham articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2017

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.

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.

MORE FROM OVERSTEER:
Here's What It Cost to Own a 10-Year-Old V12 Mercedes S600
Stop Driving With Your Spoiler Permanently Up
The Cheapest Aston Martin Rapide on Autotrader Is Just $64,995

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Autotrader Find: 1989 Cadillac Brougham With 5,300 Miles - Autotrader