Cohort Outtake: Broughams Look Best In Maple Red

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Before you say it–yes, I know, we’ve done the classic early ’90s Cadillac Brougham. But it is one of my favorite Caddys, and when I saw this lovely example posted to the Cohort by Actually Mike, I had to share it. Why you ask? Simply because it is my favorite color on these: Maple Red. I know, because I have the 1990 Cadillac deluxe brochure, which prominently shows one in this shade. So for you Brougham fanciers recovering from Easter brunch, feast your eyes on this!

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I won’t go over the whole Brougham history here–for some of you CC newcomers, the full writeup can be found here. But in a nutshell, the 1990 Brougham was a mild restyling of the 1987-89 Brougham, which was the Fleetwood Brougham (and flossier Brougham d’Elegance) from 1980-86.

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Even better, this one has the 5.7L Chevrolet V8 instead of the more common (and slower) 5.0L Oldsmobile engine used from 1986-90, or the 5.0L Chevy mill that was standard in 1991-92–after the Olds Rocket was retired. To get the 5.7 you had to pay a hefty luxury tax, and as a result they are not especially common, though it seems a higher percentage of 5.7 Broughams have survived. This one is certainly well-kept–I love it!

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These were one of the last GM cars to feature ample chrome and stainless “jewelry.” Look at all that brightwork! And these cars always look best in dark colors. I wouldn’t turn away a similar Brougham in black or midnight blue, but for me, the best color is this one–with matching Maple Red leather, please!

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