Sunday, October 12, 2014

10k: Luxury Coupe: 1967 Cadillac Eldorado

The Cadillac Eldorado was a gigantic front wheel drive personal luxury coupe that started life in 1967, although the name Eldorado was used on a convertible halo car as part of the series 62 platform starting way back in 1953.  The big front drive under-steering boat won't impress anyone with its RV handling characteristics, but trying to nail apexes with any full sized 'Merican car from the late 60s is like trying to rope and hog-tie wild cats while riding naked on a goat.  It sounds like a great idea on paper, but once you get all slathered up in Vaseline, you realize it was a horrible mistake.  The Eldorado on the other hand is a Bill Mitchell styled piece of art that won't require delousing when you are done riding it. Find this 1967 Cadillac Eldorado currently bidding for $5,500 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go, located in Salem, OR via eBay.

This Eldorado is being sold by a small time dealer (flipper) who has numerous estate sale cars listed at any time, but perplexingly uses ALL CAPS in his advertisements and lists limited details.  The seller always lists a phone number, so this is one of those cars that you are going to call and find out it has a hidden buy-it-now price.  The seller claims this is a 38k mile example picked up from the estate of the original owner, and while it does show some signs of age, it isn't a total wreck and spent no time inside of a barn.


The Eldorado is powered by a 429 cubic inch (7.2 liter) V8 that is rated at 340 horsepower and 480 ft-lbs of torque when new.  The only available transmission was a 3-speed automatic, but this was a luxury car designed for the aging buyer who wasn't interested in rowing his own gears.


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4 comments:

  1. But how do you get rust on top of the engine, in the instrument panel (especially by odometer) and automatic shift quadrant, but not on the trunk? I just don't get it.

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    1. Actually after looking at the photos, this is a good example of what a car that has spent 10 years or so in an actual barn looks like when it has been cleaned up. The trunk looks great because it was relatively air tight, moisture from the ground gets up into the passenger compartment, and for some reason some people think that cracking the windows is a good idea since they have heard about the moisture from the ground. Note that there has been a LOT of dust and debris mostly wiped of with a rag and maybe a vacuum cleaner. Also the parcel shelf, headliner in the back and rear window atr showing moisture damage. I'd bet that this spent a decade in the south side of a barn where the temperature spanned 30 degrees or so a day, I'd also bet that there are real surprises under that vinyl roof. If this was in a barn near farm animals, there is this thing called acid fog, and there will be rust in places that rain water or splashes could never get to. If there is an even distribution of a lot of rust behind the dashboard, that's a clue.


      The rust on the top of the engine might be from when the car was fairly new , it looks about like a 5 year old late 60s early 70s GM car would look in there.

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  2. That rust in the instrument panel scares me. I bet something ugly is hiding behind that dash...

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