Cadillac envisioned the Allante as the competitor to the Mercedes SL convertible. It was a two-seater luxury convertible that the Italian design house, Pininfarina styled. They gave it a Northstar V8 engine and front-wheel drive, which was quite an unusual combination. But the car looked and performed well. Even the production process was specific because they did the actual in Italy at the Pininfarina factory.
After constructing them, they shipped the cars to the states by jet. However, that affected the cost of the final product. The Allante stayed in production until 1993 and they built over 21,000 of them. Unfortunately, the car proved too expensive to produce, so the factory allegedly lost money on every example they made.