1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance

The rare 1985 Fleetwood coupe

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Beauty and luxury abound in this two-door classic. This luxurious beautifully proportioned coupe was built in the finest Fleetwood tradition. The Fleetwood Brougham coupe was a spacious six passenger Flagship. Its distinctive styling and renowned Cadillac luxury was for those who wouldn’t settle for anything less than the very finest. The 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance was the epitome of Fleetwood opulence and prestige. Best of all….it’s a Cadillac.

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The Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance had a classic look and Cadillac appeal. It was for the driver that wanted clean crisp two-door styling with the luxury and roominess of a sedan. This special luxury coupe was the best of both worlds. It was the personal expression of Fleetwood and everything one would expect from Cadillac. When the name Fleetwood comes to mind one naturally thinks of its long impressive history of elegance and comfort on the grand Cadillac scale, in the grand Cadillac manner. The Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance was the rarest as it was built only half year and 8,336 were made. They were the most elegant coupes in the world.

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Inside the 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance was a masterwork of coachmanship. Posh pillow-style seating with an elegant sew-style and hand button tufting set it apart from the standard Fleetwood Brougham coupe. Dual Comfort front seating with six-way power for both driver and passenger, front and rear folding center armrests, power windows and door locks, power steering, Electronic Climate Control with outside mirror mounted digital temperature display, and an illuminated entry system were just a few of the many standard features and accessories. The intoxicating scent of natural leather upholstery with exquisite tailoring was available in five colors.

Luxurious Heather Knit Cloth was a rich velvety suede-like fabric available in three colors. Luxurious deluxe Tampico carpet was underfoot. It included deluxe Tampico carpeted rubber mats front and rear. There was no mistaking the special Fleetwood Brougham touch as witnessed by Matt Garrett’s pristine example shown. This car is brand new “out of the wrapper” as he affectionately refers to his unique prizes. Popular options available for the 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance featured a power astroroof, genuine long-laced wire wheels, Twilight Sentinel, memory seating, wire wheel discs, as well as the new Automatic Day/Night electro-chromatic rearview mirror that adjusted to the non-glare mode and returned to normal after glare was out of range.

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The Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. Its exclusive privacy-size quarter windows and the limousine-style rear window treatment added drama to its Cabriolet styling, the distinctive Fleetwood touch was evident. Its luxurious silhouette was augmented by lower chrome moldings, the car was just an elegant sweep from its classic Cadillac laurel wreath and crest hood ornament crowning the distinctive front end design to the beautifully beveled rear deck lid, it was unmistakably Cadillac. Standard exterior features included Tungsten Halogen headlamps, right and left power rearview mirrors, Opera lamps, Electronic Level Control, power front disc brakes, Delco Freedom II battery, and steel belted radial whitewall tires. The 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance had that poised dignity which was the hallmark of every Cadillac.

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The 1985 Fleetwood Broughams were built as body on frame construction. They had the luxury length of 221”, rode upon a long 121.5” wheelbase with the wide stance of 75.4”. The Fleetwood Broughams were the longest production passenger cars built in America in 1985. The front suspension used upper and lower control arms of unequal length with independent coil springs, stabilizer bar, and Pliacell tubular Direct Acting shock absorbers. The rear suspension used Cadillac’s four-link drive live axle, coil springs, Superlift shock absorbers, stabilizer bar, and an Electronic Level Control network. This automobile genre had a silicone-smooth glide to its ride, there was nothing quite like a substantial front engine, rear-drive vehicle! Due to the avarice of the oil companies we are reduced to deathtraps and puddle-jumpers….

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The 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance was a rare item with only 8,336 made by the cease of production mid-year. This luxurious beautifully proportioned coupe was built in the finest Fleetwood tradition. Aside from the Eldorado, the Fleetwood Brougham coupe was the only other two-door Fleetwood ever made. The formidable Fleetwood Series Sixty-Special Brougham was always the most luxurious owner-driven Cadillac sedan.

The 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance carried on the tradition proudly in the grand Cadillac manner. With its two-door styling combined with the six-passenger spaciousness of a sedan made the Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance the very best of both worlds. It was the ultimate personal expression of Fleetwood and equipped as such with more features and accessories available both standard and optional than any other luxury brand. The 1985 Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance with its posh pillow-style button-tufted seating was the masterwork of coachmanship in every respect. Beauty and elegance abound in this two-door classic. Thank you Matt Garrett for keeping the tradition and spirit alive!

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1985 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance

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  5. the caddy is a v-8…or the dreaded v-6 that was underpowered. please tell me it has a substantial v-8. please…please.

  6. Could you tell how I tip-toed around the “engine” information? I purposely didn’t mention that because the 1985 Cadillacs are junk! The HT 4100 is the awful 4.1 litre puddle-jumper that had NUMEROUS issues. Bad camshafts, blown head gaskets, oil mixing with coolant…if it’s ugly and can happen to an engine…it happened to this genre! I had a 1982 Fleetwood Brougham with that crappy engine. I traded it the following year in 1983 for an Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency which was one of the best cars I have ever had!

    When I wrote this article, it was mainly about the body styling…nothing more. Even the body on those cars were HORRID! Rust ate them relentlessly. All the rust-proofing in the world couldn’t help that junk. Partially because of improperly refined sheet metal from recycling. The rust from the sheet metal’s previous life wasn’t completely removed. It was such thin gauge metal…rust came back and finished those beautiful cars for good. The music stopped for Cadillac in the mid 1980s. Those cars went from the showroom to the junkyard in one svelte swoop!

    My advice to all who like the car finding one with rust-free architecture but with a junk engine – install the 5.7 litre 350 CID Oldsmobile V8 engine. DO NOT even attempt to rebuild that HT 4100 junk. I don’t think they even have crated 4.1 litre V8s anymore because that is one of the most WORTHLESS Cadillac engines in existence! The last good V8 engine from the 1980s is the 6.0 litre L61 368 CID electronic fuel injected V8 engine. The electronics on the HT 4100 is also HORRID, Cadillac boasted the “HT 4100 digital electronically controlled engine” which equates to JUNK! I can’t say enough bad things about the HT 4100. Cadillac should have been ashamed of themselves for creating bullshit like that!

    STAY AWAY FROM THE HT 4100 and its bullshit electronics!!! I had to use expletives to augment how awful that engine is!

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