Imagine a World-Class Road Car With Cadillac Comfort: 1987 Allanté!

Just as the Volaré wasn't pronounced "Vo-luh-RAY" by its marketers, the Allanté's American pronunciation also ignores the accent... in much the same way that American car buyers ignored the Allanté itself.

Intended as a Mercedes SL-fighter, the Allanté featured bodies made by Pininfarina and flown to Michigan for fitting. So far so good, but then the combination of Cadillac HT-4100 V8, front-wheel-drive, and $55,000 price tag made the 560SL look like a way better deal.