5k: 1989 Cadillac Brougham -Low Miles

The term Brougham comes from the horse & carriage era, specifically named for Henry Brougham, the 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux  (1778-1886) and designated a carriage that had an exposed chauffeur but enclosed passenger compartment.  Mr. Brougham was Scottish and as such the name is not pronounced Bro-ham, but BrOOOOM, use your best ‘Willie the Groundskeeper’ accent please.  The name was first put on a horseless carriage by Cadillac in 1916 and blossomed to ridiculous by the mid 1970’s, with Brougham badges on all manner of Cadillac, Olds, Pontiac, Ford, AMC…etc.  But Cadillac did it first and frankly best – especially with this 1989 Cadillac Brougham, located in Marshfield, MA, offer on craigslist for $4900.  Big thanks to tip from reader James C.

This Brougham was a flagship sedan from Cadillac and this particular one has only 38k original miles and looks well preserved.  The original white paint and optional vinyl top looks in perfect condition and even the chrome still shines.

The Brougham is powered by a 5.0 liter L02 Oldsmobile Gen 2 Jetfire Rocket V8, complete with a wedge shaped combustion chamber & a Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor.  Unfortunately all of this all adds up to 140 horsepower and 255 ft-lbs of torque.  But it is a cruiser battleship, not a sports car, so its probably not important that it’ll be slower than a Zamboni. 

The inside of this Brougham sedan is covered in a red colored JLo pantsuit velour material.  Wood & chrome accents finish the interior in what can only be described as something a retired UAW worker would have wanted to ride around in, in 1989.

The Brougham is a long car at 18 1/2 feet, barely able to fit into a typical 2 car garage, but with the condition of this one, you’ll want to keep it covered.  While not yet a classic, this Cadillac is offered for a fair price in excellent condition and we think if you wanted a boat for the road this is the ticket.

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