In the 1980s, Toyota undertook a massive project to develop a luxury car that would compete with the best of the European brands. The company spent years and over $1 billion dollars developing the LS400: the vehicle that became the flagship for the new brand called Lexus.
As the LS400 was being prepped for its 1990 release, Toyota felt that launching an all-new company with just one model was a bit silly. They needed a second car – a smaller model to balance out the product offering – and they needed it quickly.
Yes, it’s exactly what it looks like. A re-badged Trooper. It’s fascinating to read about which manufacturers have been in bed with which other manufacturers and I think is one of the weirder ones.
I just barely caught a glimpse of this on my way home the other day. If I wasn’t a fan of Caddy’s (and I’m not just talking post-CTS fanboyism) I might have just overlooked this bad boy. I mean, Cadillac is guilty of some pretty awful badge engineering, like the Cimarron, or even the Catera to an extent… so your average car enthusiast would probably never notice the time that went into bringing this monstrosity to life. Continue reading
Since its inception in 1902, Cadillac has been the premier manufacturer of luxury passenger vehicles in America. Well friends, today we have a special treat for you: the Cadillac of Cadillacs.
Though it may not look like much, I can tell you that this 1989 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was once somebody’s pride and joy. In fact, they were so proud of their Cadillac that they went about making a few customizations to reflect their personality. Have a look:
Here we see where the owner added several extra “wreathed crest” logos along the front fender, which appears to have been painted with roofing tar. Continue reading