Thursday, May 28, 2015

5k: Ragtop Blues: 1987 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

The ninth generation of Cadillac's Eldorado (1986-1991) was a downsized E-Body luxury cruiser that shared its front drive chassis with the Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.  The product planners at Cadillac decided that building a convertible version wasn't worth the tooling costs, ironic considering that the Eldorado name was first applied to convertible version of the Series-62 sedan.  This didn't stop a few wealthy buyers from forking over some cash to Richard Straman Coachworks to create the ragtop Eldorado we all deserve.  Find this 1987 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible here on eBay currently bidding for $5,211 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Hudson, FL.

If you wanted to drive a convertible Cadillac in the late 1980s, your only factory option was the Allanté, which had Italian looks and a Northstar V8, but no back seat.  A custom convertible Eldorado on the other hand, allowed you to eat your cake and store the remains in the back seat...sort of like a cannibals wedding.  

Like the Allanté, the Eldorado was powered by a V8 mated to the front wheels, specifically the HT-4100, a 4.1 liter V8 that was rated at a meager 130 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque (the Allanté had a different camshaft that boosted specs to 170 hp/235 ft-lbs).

See another big convertible with room for kids in the back?


  1. Just, no.

    Although, I instantly knew that this was a FL car as soon as I saw the title. Because AARP.

    No matter how often I read them, the meager numbers for malaise- and post-malaise era V8s always induce a head shake. Today's (comparatively) ridiculous power outputs from fewer and fewer cubic cm have effectively reset my car geek barometer.

  2. Detroit lost whatever clue they may have ever had when they marched everything off to front-drive.

    That whole generation of '80s and '90s mid-to-large GM product was just sad.


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