Curbside Outtake: Generation Gap

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I caught these two “C Bodies” (okay, one’s technically a “D”) at work the other day. Only a few years separate this 1987 Cadillac Brougham from the 1991-93 Olds Ninety Eight, but, “Oh, what a difference!” The story behind the C and D platforms during this time in GM’s history is convoluted at best…

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So here goes… When GM introduced its new full-size front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform in 1985, it assigned it the C platform designation (which is what the Olds is based upon). “C” had formerly had been used to denote GM’s full-size rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform on which the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham was based, which was subsequently bumped up a letter to become the D platform.

The (D Platform) Fleetwood Brougham name was kept on through 1986 when, to avoid confusion with the (C Platform) Fleetwood, it was renamed Cadillac Brougham for the 1987-92 model years. Brougham again became a trim option for the Cadillac Fleetwood in 1993, when the Fleetwood name was moved from the FWD C platform back to the RWD D platform, making it one of the first American models to suffer a midlife crisis and try to recapture its youth change back to RWD from FWD.

I wonder what stories that Caddy could share with the Olds.

And given the body language (all schlumped over to the far side of the parking space) would the Olds would even listen?


More on the ‘combover platform’ Cadillac Brougham can be enjoyed here, or if the ‘sullen teen’ Ninety Eight is more your speed, try here.