Owner: Wes Shaver
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Found on: eBay
Purchase price: $3,100
Years owned: two
My grandpa would always buy my grandmother the newest Cadillac. Her last Cadillac would go to him, and his Cadillac went to my uncle. Then my aunt, then my other uncle, my other aunt, down through our whole family. I remember being seven years old and going to Central Cadillac in Cleveland with my grandpa. I was enamored with this Allanté sitting there. I asked, “Why don’t you get one of these for Grandma?” He had read the reports: Allantés are fickle. “The top leaks,” he said.
I’m now on my sixth Allanté, and he was right. The tops have been a pain in every single one. On the freeway, when it’s raining, water shoots into the cabin. But I don’t care. For one, I love the history. Pininfarina assembled the bodies in Turin, Italy, and GM flew them back to Detroit, 56 at a time, on custom 747s. It’s ridiculous. It’s a car from a time when nothing was impossible.
I wanted this particular one because it was the last year Cadillac made the car, and it has the Northstar engine, with 95 more horsepower than the previous year. And it was rust-free, Southern, and had only 90,000 miles—nearly perfect. I didn’t need another car, but my partner, Nicholas, and I drive it all the time. My grandpa passed away in 2001. Now, when my grandma comes to visit, I throw her the keys and she has it as long as she is here.
This appears in the July/August 2018 issue.