The 1986 Cadillac models were now sporting front wheel drives, all except the extravagant Fleetwood Brougham;
however, it did receive an upgraded 5.0 liter V-8; which helped in overall sales for this massive luxury ride. Although, sales were still down overall for the Cadillac division, the old favorite did maintain its level of integrity as the number one domestic luxury vehicle.
One of the major changes made this year was concerning the Fleetwood models, for years, these Cadillac favorites were featured as a separate and entirely
different Cadillac model; however, in 1986, the Fleetwood was actually an
optional package. In fact, it seemed 1986 was the year for options.
Both the Seville and the El Dorado sported optional packages that included gold plated ignition keys, new rocker switches on all power door locks, floor
consoles with finger touch ashtrays, and for the first time ever, a cellular phone port.
The smaller and less expensive Cimarron was sporting new wraparound tail lamps, as well, and the second year of the optional V-6 was helping overall
sales for this smaller Caddy. However, even with the up-grades, consumers were still not that impressed with this $13,000 Cadillac. Arguments were made
regarding the livelihood of this smaller and less expensive Cadillac by now.
It seemed no matter Cadillac offered the public when it came to the Cimarron, the overall view of the consumer was this car was nothing more than an expensive
and dressed up Cavalier.
Overall sales for the 1986 Cadillac models were down for the second year in a row. In fact, US sales were recorded at only 300,053 vehicles.
However, the Caddy was determined to stay America’s sweetheart. As the company struggled to stay on top of the game, the Eldorado was preparing for a major body over haul, and rumors were flying over the new
1987 Cadillac two-seater, the Allante.