Cadillac Fleetwood Origins
The first generation of the modern Cadillac Fleetwood debuted in 1977. The Fleetwood Limousine was a four-door model originally available between 1977 and 1979. Cadillac also introduced the Fleetwood Brougham in 1977 too and was much smaller than the limousine. It was available as a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan.
The second generation Cadillac Fleetwood was available between 1980 and 1986. This also included another version of the Fleetwood Brougham limousine as well as a Fleetwood sedan and limousine. The third generation Fleetwood was available between 1985 and 1988. During this period, the Fleetwood came as a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and four-door limousine. The penultimate version of the Cadillac Fleetwood was available between 1989 and 1992. During this period, the Fleetwood was made available as a four-door sedan and as a four-door coupe.
The fifth and final generation of the Cadillac Fleetwood was available from 1993 until 1996. The rear wheel drive Fleetwood was discontinued and replaced by the front-wheel drive Cadillac De Ville. The discontinuation of the Cadillac Fleetwood effectively marked the end of Cadillac's production of truly monstrously-sized sedans.About the Cadillac Fleetwood
During its successful run, the Cadillac Fleetwood was known for being the longest production car sold in the United States. In addition to its massive size, drivers appreciated the Fleetwood for being luxurious and offering substantial power along with reasonable performance. The Fleetwood's massive size and expansive luxury made it the vehicle of choice for drivers seeking such a combination of luxury and vast interior space.About the Cadillac Fleetwood
Cadillac produced the last iconic Fleetwood in 1996. The Fleetwood's final year was also regarded by drivers and experts as its best. A massive Corvette LT1 engine powered the 1996 Fleetwood. This meant that while the Fleetwood was hardly what you would call maneuverable, it had pickup in spades. Despite weighing 4,500 pounds, it was capable of going from zero to 60 mph faster than many American-made sports cars from the same era.
The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood also offered some interior innovations including an audio system that was state-of-the-art at the time, revised center storage armrest, dual cupholders, and pre-wiring to accommodate Cadillac's optional analog and digital Dual-Mode cell phone. The final version of the Fleetwood was also capable of comfortably accommodating up to six passengers and boasted a trunk that could handle more cargo than some minivans. Other standard features included dual airbags, ABS, traction control, and a chime that sounds when the car traveled more than half a mile with the turn indicator light blinking. The 1996 Fleetwood's 5.7-liter V-8 Corvette LT1 engine could generate 260 horsepower and the car was outfitted with a capable automatic transmission that made it reasonably fun to drive.Cadillac Fleetwood Evolution
Even though most recent editions of the Fleetwood were ridiculously large, earlier generations of the car really do seem like massive land barges by today's standards. First generation versions of the Fleetwood Brougham were available with two different engine options. These were either a 5.7-liter diesel V-8 that provided 105 horsepower or a 7.0-liter standard V-8 that provided 195 hp. Second generation versions of the Fleetwood Brougham were powered by a 6.0-liter V-8.
The third generation Fleetwood was somewhat more modern and offered front-wheel drive and engine choices that included either a 4.3-liter V-6 or a 4.1-liter V-8. The V-6 model produced 85 horsepower, while the V-8 model was capable of generating 125 hp. From 1987 through 1988, Cadillac rechristened the Fleetwood Brougham as the Cadillac Brougham. This was a transitional year for both Cadillac and the Fleetwood. Thus, the only engine offering available for models released that year was a 4.1-liter V-8. The 1989 model's engine was increased to a 4.9-liter V-8.
The fourth generation of the Cadillac Fleetwood was closely related to the Cadillac De Ville. This generation ran from 1989 through 1992 and was replaced with the Cadillac Sixty Special in 1993. At the time, many regarded the Fleetwood and the Sixty Special merely as trim levels of the De Ville. Cadillac offered a variety of engine offerings for the Fleetwood during this period including a 4.5-liter V-8 that produced 155 horsepower, a 4.5-liter V-8 that produced 180 hp and a 4.9-liter V-8 that generated 200 hp.
Cars belonging to the fifth and final generation of the Fleetwood are among the most highly regarded in the line. Available only as a four-door sedan during this time, Fleetwood cars that were produced from 1993 through 1996 were powered by 5.7-liter V-8s and featured rear wheel drive. This generation of Fleetwoods is widely sought after due to their attractive styling, drivability, and powerful engines.