How many Cadillac Allanté were made?
I recently saw a Cadillac Allanté for the first time at a car show (and I was alive when the model first came out), which left me wondering how many units were actually built. How many Cadillac Allanté were made?
Andrew (Andy) Biro · Answered on Jan 11, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Between 1986 and 1993, approximately 21,430 Cadillac Allantés were made, making for an average of about 3,000 units per year—which was only half of what Cadillac had originally hoped to build.
So why was the Cadillac Allanté ultimately discontinued? The short answer is relatively low sales—the vehicle was priced at roughly $54,000, which was practically double the MSRP of any other Cadillac model—combined with a high cost of production.
Production costs for the Allanté were higher-than-average because each vehicle’s body was designed and built in Turin, Italy by renowned coachbuilder Pininfarina and then flown to Cadillac’s Detroit production plant for final assembly. Over time, this process would be referred to as the “Allanté Air Bridge.”
To put that into perspective, the distance between Turin and Detroit is approximately 4,600 miles, and only 56 vehicle bodies could be shipped via a single plane—which means it took roughly 383 total trips to transport the Allanté from Italy to the United States.
Production of the Cadillac Allanté officially ended on July 16th, 1993, at which point the model was discontinued for good—which was a shame because the Allanté was, by all accounts, an incredibly stylish and well-built vehicle, as one might expect from a Pininfarina-Cadillac collaboration.
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