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This 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Is a Sleeper Powerhouse

Back in the early 2010s, I bought a Cadillac Fleetwood. It was already a 15-year-old vehicle at the time. But, it was sweet. It had all the bells and whistles. So, as a young lad, I enjoyed driving this symbol of American luxury. Overall, the pillow-soft ride made me realize why people adored Cadillac, even if the V8 was anemic in power. Well, somebody else must have discovered the same thing because they took a well kept 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham and shoehorned a powerplant that makes 672 horses into it to make the ultimate sleeper powerhouse. 

The 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

The front of a white custom 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
Custom 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham | Craig’s List

The Fleetwoods were the longest cars in the Cadillac stable. They were also the most luxurious. In fact, they were often used for limousine conversions. For 1996, they were the last of the full-size rear-wheel drive platform sedans for Cadillac. In their review, Edmunds said,

“Inside is enough room to carry six very comfortable passengers, and the trunk swallows more stuff than many minivans will (with all seats installed). Dual airbags, ABS, and traction control all come standard on the Fleetwood, and prices start at just $36,000.”

How is this Fleetwood Brougham a sleeper?

The engine bay reveals a custom crate engine for a Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
Custom 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham | Craig’s List

The Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham is a little different than the stock vehicle from the factory. But, the changes aren’t noticeable on the outside. This one has had an engine transplant. Specifically, a new LSA V8 crate engine was dropped in under the hood. Then, a supercharger was added. Together, the engine and supercharger were refined to put out 672 horses. In total, there is $17,000 of engine work alone here all hidden by a stock body. The only tell is the aftermarket wheels.

All that power is translated through an automatic transmission. It is, after all, a Cadillac. So, an automatic makes sense. 

The powerplant of the Fleetwood Brougham was not the only thing to receive updating along the way. The stock, floating, cloud-like suspension has been updated to handle all the new power without swaying the body like a boat in rough seas. QA1 shocks were installed at all four corners. They are adjustable. 

The total package, luxury, power, and control

Overall, this 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham is the total package. Cadillac luxury is combined with real power, and the ability to handle it. So, it is surprising that it is still for sale. The ad has been posted for 19 days. The owner is holding firm at $20,000 over on Craig’s List

If you want to get an idea of what a good example of a stock 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham looks like, for comparison, you can check out the video link below. It’s an old video, but it covers the car okay. 

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Those with a stock 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham model will make it to the nursing home in comfort. But, others want to speed in and slam on the brakes to slide sideways into the parking spot. That’s what this car is, the more aggressive version of the grandma and grandpa car. Heck, this grandma and grandpa will probably have nitrous on their mobility scooters too!