Igor the Cadillac

I have a problem…an addiction to Cadillacs. I’ve owned 4 (1984 Sedan deVille, 1996 Deville, 1991 Brougham d’Elegance, 2006 CTS) – and this past weekend, just ahead of a blizzard, me and 4 of my friends traveled to NYC to get Caddy #5. A 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham that belonged to a friend who passed away a few months ago. His wife didn’t want the car, and she knew my fondness for the “Standard of the World,” so I made arrangements to come get it from a friend of hers in Brooklyn. Here it is!

225 inches long, with a 122 inch wheelbase. Corvette LT-1 V8 under the hood, and 155k miles on the clock. At the time, it was the longest production vehicle in the world (even more than the Lincoln Town Car). Just look at this back seat! When they said 6 passenger, they meant it.

For comparison, here is the Fleetwood next to my other land yacht, a 1998 Crown Victoria LX.

The car needs some work – the interior is lived in, as my friend Mike put it, the check engine light is on (02 sensor heater issues, cyl #3 misfire, as well as a running lean code), and the passenger seat recliner is stuck leaning back. New plugs, wires, and a fuel filter are the first order of business. Oh, and the front passenger speaker is blown. Whoops. Now, why call it Igor? This car reminds me of one of my Dad’s limos – he ran a limo company before getting into radio, and the last one he had was a 1987 Cadillac Brougham, triple black like my Fleetwood. So it is only fitting I call this car Igor.

The drive back down was uneventful (misfire/backfires excluded)…except for the hood release cable breaking. There was a cold snap and the battery was very weak when I went to start it the morning I was leaving…so for the rest of the trip I would let it idle rather than risk getting stuck with a dead battery.

The car handled fine…and I must say I do love the Cadillac crest guiding the way as I drive. For now it’s parked awaiting parts, so the Crown Vic once again is the daily driver. My hope is to have this ready for long road trips by summer to keep the miles from piling up on the Vic. Soon..

But the Brougham will ride again!

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