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JUNKYARD THERAPY: 1987 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine – The Ghost Of Your ’80s Prom

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If you were an ’80s teen and had rented a limo for your last high school dance, then you likely climbed into something like this 1987 Cadillac Fleetwood limo.

This Fleetwood limo evokes the ’80s high life. It takes the velour-swathed Cadillac of the day and expands it into a den of space and entertainment.

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Interestingly, the rear cabin seems to have suffered damage more in terms of general decay than overuse. The twisted pulled-out cushion still has intact velour, as do the seatback and door panel.

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The rear-facing seat is also similarly unmolested. If any of the occupants vomited back there, then this limo’s caretaker did a fine job of cleaning up.

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The rest of the furnishings didn’t do so well – check out the shrunken and warped wood veneer. One can imagine it being very glossy when new.

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The wood surrounding the driver partition also wasn’t made to last this long. The thin inlay running down the side panel is a fun touch.

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Up above, the power moonroof had collapsed…

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…and the sliding panel beneath it became a detritus collector.

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The additional pillars held their velour well – better than the windows held on to their tints, which are now more bubbled than clear.

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This 1987 Fleetwood is resplendent with ’80s tech. For music, there’s a Pioneer SuperTuner cassette deck overhead…

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…which sits next to remote controls for the television

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…so you can search for a signal among its 13 VHF channels.

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Lighting can be adjusted to set the mood…

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…and there’s a “AIPHONE”…

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…which appears to also operate as a speakerphone.

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Conditions are similar up front, with more general decay than wear and tear.

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This is the most cracked steering wheel in this junkyard shooter’s recent memory, and the gearshift is thoroughly rusted.

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Of course there’s plenty of the Fleetwood’s usual luxury trimmings…

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…with a cigarette lighter in each armrest.

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“Interior By Fleetwood” reminds you that you bought the best Cadillac had to offer.

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Outside, the limousine’s trim additions didn’t survive the test of time. The vinyl roof had shrunk and separated from the shiny targa bar…

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…although the bar still held onto its crests and wreaths.

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The opera lamps lost their lenses.

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Rust crept in under the vinyl roof in back.

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The emblems lost their shiny gold finish…

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…as well as some of their letters.

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As this limo’s engine was being picked apart, the header panel ended up on the ground nearby.

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Never mind today’s stretch Escalades and party buses: back in the ’80s, a Cadillac limousine was the pinnacle of formal festivity.

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This particular Fleetwood was converted by “Classic Limousines”junkyard_cadillac_fleetwood_limousine_1987_1-7

…and this one is number 1,139 in the company’s production series, which started in 1984.

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So grab your Wang Chung cassette; it’s time for everybody have fun at the prom tonight. Just don’t stick your date with the boutonniere.

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Tell us in the comments – would YOU hire this Cadillac Fleetwood limousine for your prom?

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