Classic Cadillac Eldorado: Features, Specs, Pricing

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The Cadillac Eldorado has become an essential part of any car enthusiast’s vocabulary. You can be into exotic European sports cars or Japanese street-racers and still know about the Eldorado’s place in automotive history. So what is the Cadillac Eldorado? On this page, we’ll take you through some of the key moments in this vehicle’s history and demystify some of the confusing terminology associated with this car. Here at Quantrell, your premier Cadillac dealer near Louisville, we know that loving a brand means celebrating its history. So read on, and let us know what you think!

Confusing. Even for Conquistadors

There are so many terms associated with the Cadillac Eldorado that it’s tough to keep track of what model and year someone might be talking about. After all, what would you expect from a vehicle named after the lost city of gold, which had an unknown location that befuddled Spanish explorers for generations? Let’s take a moment and bone up on our vehicular vocabulary and see just what terms will point us in the right direction.

  • The Eldorado trim was introduced as the top of the line model for the 1953 Series 62 convertible
  • The Eldorado Brougham was a special edition Eldorado, hand-finished in Italy by Pininfarina, once the Eldorado became its own model in 1954
  • The Cadillac Eldorado Seville was the hardtop
  • The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was the convertible
  • The Fleetwood Eldorado introduced in the ’67 Eldorado line was longer, sleeker, wider, and more outrageously styled than any previous model

To make matters even more mysterious, certain trim variants came, went, and were reintroduced at various points along the Eldorado’s glamorous run. But no matter what it was called or what the trim variant was, the Eldorado represented the zenith of Cadillac coach-craft. Many examples cost more than competing Rolls Royce models and included features such as memory seats, dual-zone climate control, power locks, high beam assist, and a power trunk. There are luxury vehicles produced today that don’t even include those options. The Cadillac Eldorado was the top of the line then and holds its own even now. Concours condition examples trade hands at closed auctions well into the six-figure price range. Speaking of price tags, let’s take a look at some FAQs about the fabulous Eldorado (and the prices associated with them):

How much is a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado worth?

The 1972 year wasn’t anything special in terms of the overall design, but it marked a doubling in annual sales and thus retains a special place for collectors. When new, those ’72s ran between $7,300 & $11,000. You can expect to pay just slightly more than the original MSRP today for a nice one.

How much is the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado worth?

This model year was notable for introducing a remote-controlled convertible top and air suspension. With an adjusted value in today’s dollars (appx $120K), the 1959 Eldorado cost about $13k when it was new.

What is a Cadillac Biarritz?

This designation was given to convertible Eldorado models at various times throughout the vehicle’s fifty-year run. More than just a convertible, the Biarritz exuded every available ounce of extravagance.

Is a Cadillac Eldorado front-wheel drive?

Yes and no! RWD models were available from 1953 to 1966, and then FWD was introduced from 1967 and ran through to 2002 examples.

There’s Still an Eldorado Waiting To Be Discovered

It’s been a while since the Cadillac Eldorado was available here at Quantrell Cadillac, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find one in our inventory of distinguished used Cadillac cars for sale. Now, it’s not every day that you see one of those beauties here, but every now and then, one will show up, and it rightfully takes center stage. If you have a classic Cadillac, we want to hear from you! Our paint and body specialists can help you get yours restored to its showroom condition. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our Cadillac Eldorado page, and we look forward to seeing you here soon!

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