This was the farewell to the traditional rear drive Fleetwood
Cadillac Motor Division redesigned the 1993-1996 Fleetwoods as the new age luxury sedans. The Brougham was again a member of the Fleetwood Series. These regal sedans were spacious and elegant, not to mention highly efficient. With their traditional full-size luxury and Cadillac style, they were immediately identified in any gathering of fine cars. These sedans were available as the base Fleetwood and the Fleetwood Brougham models.
They historically were the last of the eminent full-size rear-drive Fleetwoods. With their all-new aerodynamic design, Fleetwood was an impressive new choice in traditional luxury. The Fleetwood Series was the standing ovation for the Cadillac brand. This is a farewell salute…. In Loving Memory of “The Standard of the World.” This also left the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World Turns” on hiatus…..
The 1993-1996 Fleetwoods went to luxurious new lengths to provide qualities one desired most in luxury automobiles. They were the roomiest luxury sedans built in America. Fleetwood’s all-new aerodynamic design made it incredibly quiet inside. This traditional luxury car came with peace of mind with Cadillac owner privileges such as 24-hour roadside assistance, the no-deductible 4-year/50,000 mile Gold Key Bumper to Bumper warranty, and courtesy transportation was also provided.
The bodyshell provided a vault-like door assembly with the added protection of side guard door beams and a reinforced safety cage surrounding the entire passenger compartment. Front and rear crumple zones were designed to accordion at a controlled rate cancelling collision energy before it reached the passenger compartment. The 1993-1996 Cadillac Fleetwoods were as rugged as they were beautiful, and as efficient as they were rewarding to drive. Production totals are the following: 1993 – 29,744 vehicles, 1994 – 23,177 vehicles, 1995 – 13,445 vehicles, and 1996 – 12,596 vehicles.
Standard features included a 5.7 litre 350 CID 16-valve V8 engine equipped with platinum tipped spark plugs, 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and torque converter clutch and electronic shift control and brake/transmission interlock, speed sensitive Electronic Variable Power Steering, Electronic Level Control, daytime running lights (from 1995 on), full range Traction Control, 140 amp alternator, heated folding side view mirrors, lamp monitors, power deck lid pull-down, trumpet horn, on-board computer diagnostics, Twilight Sentinel, remote keyless entry system, message tell-tale center), power door locks with anti-lockout feature, driver and front passenger air bags, Bosch ABS-5 anti-lock brakes, dual stainless-steel exhaust system with two reverse flow mufflers and two straight resonators, and the Pass Key Theft Deterrent system to name a few. Cadillac offered more comfort and convenience features standard than any other luxury brand.
The interiors were upholstered in both cloth and glove-soft leather. The Fleetwood and Fleetwood Brougham had a luxurious ambience offering power windows and door locks, Cruise Control, leather trimmed Tilt & Telescopic steering wheel, controlled cycle wipers, and Electronic Climate Control.
Popular features and accessories were available to create an even more distinctive luxury sedan. They were six-passenger spacious with more head and legroom than any other luxury sedan built in America. These were Cadillac’s last attempt at a full-size traditional luxury sedan….it was also the final curtain call for the legendary Fleetwood Series as rear wheel drive.
The 1993-1996 full-size Fleetwood sedans were built as body on frame construction on a rugged ladder-type frame with 2-sided galvanized steel on body panels. The front suspension featured upper and lower control arms of unequal length, independent coil springs, deflected disc shock absorbers, and stabilizer bar. The rear used a four-link drive, coil springs, stabilizer bar, and Electronic Level Control network.
The Fleetwood sedans provided an excellent platform for limousine and professional car conversion. To add a strange note; the 1993-1996 Fleetwood sedans shared their platform with the Chevy Caprice and the Buick Roadmaster. What was even creepier, these Fleetwoods were powered by Chevrolet 5.7 litre V8 engines, the 1994-1996 Fleetwoods got the LT1 5.7 litre Corvette engine. The last GM full-size cars were merely a hodge-podge of GM parts. All three used the same modified production dies also….so “Simon says….each be the same yet be individual…..” It was sorta like a “Cadillac Caprice Classic Brougham”, if you will, that is just wrong! A Cadillac should have a Cadillac powerplant….right?
For the 1995 model year the Integrated Chassis control System (ICCS) measured vertical travel and loading to differentiate between smooth, rough, course, and harsh road surfaces. This data was imported into the ABS/TC (Traction Control) controller to limit engaging ABS on dry, rough pavement. The 1995 model year also marked 80 years of V8 powered Cadillacs. The 5.7 litre 350 CID LT1 engine used a cast iron block and heads, a cast aluminum intake manifold, hydraulic valve lifters, and five main bearings.
The 5.7 litre produced 260 hp @ 5,000 rpm with 447 Nm of peak torque @ 3,200 rpm. Performance was rated as 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 22.3 seconds with a top speed of 142 mph. It did the ¼ mile @ 88 mph in 16 seconds. The engine used Sequential Port Fuel Injection controlled by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with a paper element fuel filter and electric in-tank fuel pump.
GM’s Turbo Hydra-Matic 4L60-E 4-speed automatic transmission was equipped with electronic shift control, torque converter clutch, and overdrive. Emission controls included (AIR) Air Injector Reactor with Computer Command Control (CCC), (EGR) Exhaust Gas Re-circulation with controlled flow, 3-way warm-up catalytic converter, Evaporative Emission Control with charcoal canister, and (PVC) Positive Crankcase Ventilation.
The Brougham option package was $2,465 and featured articulated head restraints, eight way memory driver’s seat, heated front seats, fully padded vinyl roof, rear seat lighted vanity mirrors, and special aluminum wheels. Other popular options included a cellular phone, chrome wheels, leather upholstery, sunroof, trailer towing package, AM/FM stereo with cassette and single slot CD player, Coachbuilt Limousine package, and heavy-duty Livery package. Cadillac offered more comfort and convenience features both standard and optional than the other luxury brands.
The 1993-1996 Fleetwoods were the standing ovation for the Cadillac brand. No other automobile has garnered the respect and admiration as the formidable Fleetwood Series. The fabulous Fleetwood Brougham was motoring on the grand Cadillac scale in the grand Cadillac manner.
The Brougham historically was always the most luxurious owner-driven Cadillac sedan. With an all-new design, the Cadillac Fleetwood was the new age luxury sedan and an impressive new choice in traditional luxury. They were equipped with powerful 5.7 litre V8 engines, Traction Control, Bosch ABS-5 anti-lock brakes, Electronic Variable-assist power steering, and an automatic 4-speed transmission with torque converter clutch and overdrive, all standard.
Cadillac perks included the Gold Key Delivery 4-year/50,000 mile warranty with no deductible and courtesy transportation, Cadillac’s 24/7 roadside assistance program, and the peace of mind knowing you were driving one of the finest automobiles in the world. The Cadillac showrooms were never the same after the formidable Fleetwood’s departure. The limousine and professional car makers chose the 1993-1996 Fleetwood over all other brands.
The Fleetwood Series were the cars that alerted the world to Cadillac’s prowess. It was the formidable Fleetwood-bodied Cadillacs that augmented the model line-up annually as the essence of the brand….the epitome of luxury and presence. A Cadillac Fleetwood had the poised dignity that was the hallmark of every Cadillac. This was the final salute to the Series that put Cadillac on the map….In Loving Memory of “The Standard of the World.” This was the final chapter in the Fleetwood Legend in the continuing saga of “As the Standard of the World turns.”
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These are the last of the full-size Cadillacs…..