After completing his bachelor’s degree at SUNY Purchase College, the 26-year-old lives in the historic district of Long Island City, in New York’s borough of Queens. In short, this car is the epitome of late ’80s and early’ 90s New York City on four wheels.
A true old-school New Yorker, Andrew’s first car was a 1973 Buick LeSabre. After graduation, he drove the car through his final undergraduate years before taking a year off in the native nation. from his mother, Singapore. The current global health crisis forced him to return home to New York, and it was then that he purchased this truly survivor Cadillac for a meager sum of $ 2,000.
At first glance, the car is not a looker, that’s for sure. But upon closer inspection, you begin to appreciate exactly how much of a survivor this old Caddy is. The car has been serviced to the credit of the original owner as evidenced by the replacement metal between the rear bumper and the rear bulkhead. An all too common place where these cars love to rust apart.
Other items like the various Cadillac exterior emblems and the Landau roof liner are also pretty bad for wear. It should also be noted that one of the four hubcaps comes from a Chevrolet Caprice of the same age.
Under the hood of this not-so-small Cadillac, there’s no GM 5.0-liter small block that typically finds its place in the big Cadillacs of this vintage. Instead, the optional tow package on this example gets the same 5.7-liter L05 engine found around the same time on Chevrolet / GMC trucks.
Notable examples are the Chevrolet Suburban and the C / 10 pickup. In the case of the Brougham, the engine is hooked up to an ultra-smooth four-speed automatic transmission and beefier rear gear than models without a tow package.
Horsepower ratings were around 175 horsepower back then, but in truth horsepower numbers are irrelevant on a car like this. He just needs to start every time Andrew turns the key, and he swears he’s never had the car broken down once. However, he admitted that the ten to 12 miles per gallon the thing gets around town makes him happy that his commute to work is only ten minutes.
The interior of this Brougham almost resembles the interior of an old battleship compared to the high-tech, screen-filled interiors we’re used to in luxury cars today. Having said that, it would be a crime not to mention how cold the green LCD tachometer and speedometer are. The display bounces happily from number to number as you progress along the road. It’s not a modern Lamborghini LCD meter, it’s pretty obvious, but it’s still endlessly charming.
Just like in most used American cars of this era, the headliner began to sag and should be held in place with red thumbtacks. While based on the stories we hear about shoddy construction in early ’90s GM cars, it almost seems like the job was done right at the factory.
Even though this wheeled barge accelerates more slowly than a modern econobox, there is a tremendous sense of occasion every time Andrew sets foot ashore. It’s a driving experience unlike anything a car built over the past 20 years can recreate, and one that young adults other than old souls like Andrew will never get the chance to experience.
If you’re wondering, Andrew has no plans to sell his car anytime soon. But what his car proves more than anything is that the used car shortage isn’t as black and white as it looks, and there really are some cheap used cars out there for sale. America today. The problem stems from the cars that the average consumer chooses to choose. I accept.
If you are in desperate need of four wheels to get to work as a young scammer like Andrew does, we suggest you broaden your horizons. You might even end up enjoying what you choose.