Cadillac Club : 1970's Cadillacs:
1971 CADILLAC…THE BIG INDULGENCE
Just as the year before had marked the Cadillac El Dorado, then marking the newest and largest V-8 available, the 1971 Cadillac El Dorado was making a name for itself as a bigger than life indulgence. In fact, the overall size of this barge was unsurpassed.
In fact there were 6 more inches added between each wheel base. Although, most automobile magazines and experts said the car was ranked near “0” for efficiency and handled more like a “barge” than a vehicle.
The seventies were a time for indulgence and those Cadillac lovers were more than fulfilled when driving the 1971 Cadillac El Dorado.
The year, 1971 also marked the first year that Cadillac offered only the El Dorado in the form of a Convertible the De Ville convertible was retired after 1970. And in all honesty, there were
only two De Ville body styles left to choose from, the two-door coupe and the four-door hardtop sedan.
The Calais underwent some revisions, as well this year. This included a new pair of individually housed square headlamps, which were set farther apart than
ever, and a whopping 133 inch wheelbase. As well, the long lean hood featured a prominent divider and center crease with hidden windshield wipers.
One of the most historical events that occurred for Cadillac that year was the fact that for the first time in history, the Cadillac was built outside
Detroit Michigan, due partly because of labor disputes in the Michigan plant. This led to many of the De Ville coupes and hardtop sedans being built in the GM
facility located in Linden, New Jersey.
Sales for 1971 were once again record- breaking, in fact over two hundred and fifty thousand 1971 Cadillac models were sold that year. Other 1971 milestones
included the introduction of computerized anti-lock rear braking systems, an optional feature on all the 1971 Cadillac models.