Monday, March 16, 2015

5k: 8.2 Litre V8: 1972 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

The Eldorado name was first used on the convertible halo car of the Series 62 platform in 1953, but became its own unique model in 1967 when it was transferred to GM's E-body front-drive platform. Today's example comes from the 7th generation (1971-1978) of the personal luxury coupe with a penchant for river barge levels of understeer.  Find this 1972 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible offered for $5,900 in Columbus, OH via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck. 

In 1971 the redesigned Eldorado grew 6 inches in wheelbase and gained a few pounds of mass under the new sheet metal.  It misses some of the clean looks of the previous generation, but lower prices are welcome.

This Eldorado is powered by a Cadillac 8.2 liter (500 cubic inch) V8 that was now rated at 235 horsepower, a huge drop from the 400 hp rating from two years prior, but most of the change was due to the swap from SAE gross to the SAE net measurement standards.  The actual power of the engine had only dropped a few ponies due to emissions/fuel economy reasons, and performance should be similar to the earlier versions.

 See another low mile classic rag top?


  1. Tip from FuelTruck. Do you see the irony here?

    It seems I can remember everyone buying up all these full figured convertibles as they "were going to the moon" because the last ones were soon to quit rolling off the production line. Now they are fetching the price of a clean Pinto.
    Selecting the correct classic to retain as an investment is just like stock picking. A dart board may be more accurate.

  2. That is a whole lot of ugly for cheap! Full-size GM yachts are some of the best cars ever made. This looks like a great deal.


  3. Marlon Brando's personal physician you say?!? Why, SOLD! 1974 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible White with Red Interior - $5000.

    1. Yes, please. White with red interior is really the only proper color combination for one of these.

  4. So we go from the gorgeous if dynamically challenged early Toronado to...this thing?

    Straight outta Live and Let Die?

    The pre-bumper early-'70s de Villes and Fleetwoods were some of the most attractive cars Detroit's ever built, maybe I just envision myself being driven around by Jay Drury or maybe riding off into the sunset.

    But the Eldorado lost the plot in '71.


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