Cadillac presented the Allante to compete with the Mercedes SL convertible. It was a two-seater luxury convertible with Italian styling by Pininfarina. They included a Northstar V8 engine and front-wheel drive. This was an unusual combination, but the car looked and performed well. Even the production process was specific.
They did the fabrication in Italy in the Pininfarina factory and then shipped the cars to the U.S. by jet. But this affected the cost of the final product. The Allante stayed in production until 1993, and they built over 21,000 of them. The car proved too expensive to produce, so the factory allegedly lost money on every Allante they built.