The Cadillac Brougham is a full-size luxury vehicle that was sold from 1987 to 1992 with a long and rich history that can be traced back to the 1900s. Today, the Brougham is considered a classic Cadillac that continues to attract fans, hobbyists, and collectors dedicated to preserving and restoring old units to their former glory.
Prior to 1987, the Brougham name was first used by Cadillac to refer to a 5-7 passenger sedan. In the early 30s until 1937, this name was resurrected to refer to a formal body vehicle that came with an open chauffer compartment, a metal roof, and enclosed rear quarters. The Brougham reappeared from 1955 to 1960 as the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. Five years later, it reappeared again as an optional variant for the 1965 Cadillac Sixty Special. In 1966, it became a subseries for the Fleetwood Sixty Special model. In 1977, the Sixty Special Series was discontinued, making the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham as the most luxurious large sedan variant produced until 1986.
1987: The Cadillac Brougham as a separate model
In 1987, the Cadillac Brougham finally became a separate model. From 1985 to 1987, production was done at the Michigan-based Clark Street Assembly Plant. In 1988, production was transferred to the Texas-based Arlington Assembly. The Oldsmobile 307 LG engine used to power the Brougham produced more output and was paired with a variety of transmission configurations. 1987 and 1988 models were also equipped with a cross-hatch grille that was based on a 1981 grille design.
1988: Introducing the Premiere Roof feature
In relation to the Brougham’s rich heritage, a vinyl roof covering was offered as an optional feature for buyers in 1988. Although this feature was very expensive, it gave the Brougham an all-new look. A more luxurious exterior was achieved because the vinyl fabric also covered not only the roof but also the trim of the quarter window and the entire surface of the B-pillar. This optional feature was available from 1988 to 1989.
1990s: Facelifting the Cadillac Brougham
A major facelift was given to the Brougham to be able to compete with a restyled Lincoln Town Car, a model that was considered a rival. The upgrades included composite headlights, modernized taillight lenses, standard automatic front seatbelts that were mounted on the door, and flush bumper trims. The interior was also upgraded with a digital dash cluster. In 1991, the old LO2 V8 was replaced with a Chevrolet FI V8, which produced 170 horsepower.
Despite a moderately successful run, however, the last Cadillac Brougham rolled off the assembly line in 1992. Today, Cadillac fans and hobbyists continue to preserve and restore classic units. As a matter of fact, numerous Cadillac clubs are one of the driving forces behind the continuing sales of Cadillac Brougham parts and accessories.