Posts Tagged ‘eldorado’

And Now For Something Completely Different – 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Comstock Wagon

October 27, 2015

As the US and Canada moved deeper into the late 1970s, where emissions and safety needs superseded the need for custom bodywork, some coachbuilders still were able to make custom bodies. Since a full custom body was largely off the agenda by this point, buyers with custom dreams were limited to sticker-and-wheel packages, lopping off the roof, or transforming coupes into pickups or shooting brakes. Wait, what was that last one? Check out this 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Comstock Wagon for sale for $2200 in Lynnwood, WA.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado Comstock Wagon left rear

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American Hustle, Part 1 – 1978 Cadillac Eldorado (plus bonus ’71 convertible!)

January 10, 2014

Today, we’re going to look at a couple of cars inspired by the film, American Hustle. One of the great things about older cars is they not only represent the period in which they were built, but also their country of origin. It’s nothing that hasn’t been said before, but with globalization of the automotive industry, cars have lost their national characters, such that you could hide the badges on Lexus, Mercedes, and Cadillacs and couldn’t definitively tell each sport-luxury sedan’s nationality, even if they have distinctive brand styling attributes. You can find an exemplary expression of 1970s America in this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado for sale in Everett, WA for $4000.

1978 Cadillac Eldorado for sale left front

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The Whale Series – Cadillac Couple

July 17, 2009

In the last few years (maybe with increasing wisdom age) I’ve started to see the appeal in pre-70s Cadillacs. They seem to have been built before a time where the accountants held the reins at GM, before the badge-engineering phase, and when Cadillacs were something you aspired to instead of laughed at from the wheel of your Euro-mobile. In the last few years they’ve regained some of their appeal, but to find a rusty-but-trusty candidate you really have to reach back into the sixties. Which, as I found, is pretty hard to do since anything that’s not just a project is at the higher end of the price range of cars I like to feature. Both the cars featured today are late 60s cars, a design period which is often overshadowed by the more garish Cadillacs of the 50s and early 60s, but these have their own sort of understated, simpler elegance.

First in this two-fer is this 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham in St. Petersburg, FL. I normally stay away from eastern cars just because the likelihood of rust is that much greater, and sure enough, this one has a few spots here and there. But on this car you still get the elegant stacked headlights and pillarless bodystyle. It does need a bit of work to revive it, as it’s been stored for 6 years, but the seller implies through his comments on the brakes that the car is driveable. Clearly, you’d want to look into the quality of his restoration, but since he did it himself he should be able to comment on the work done. For a Cadillac of the period, these have minimal chrome and a really tidy design.

1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

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