Cadillac Club : Cadillac El Dorado
Cadillac El Dorado
THE CADILLAC EL DORADO A look with the top down…
In 1953, General Motors introduced one of the first convertible Cadillac’s available, the Cadillac El Dorado Convertible, featuring a wrap-a-round wind shield, leather interior, power steering, and even those lovely white-wall tires.
The idea of the El Dorado came from the concept car that was introduced the
previous year to celebrate Cadillac’s fiftieth anniversary. Distinguishing
features of the El Dorado, like the unique sheet metal, set them apart from
other less expensive Cadillac’s, but unfortunately, the El Dorado’s debut was
limited, part because of the hefty price tag, a whopping $7,750, needless to say
only a little over 500 of these babies were sold that year.
As a result, Cadillac began making the El Dorado in the basic shell similar
to other Cadillac’s and lowered the price dramatically, thus allowing the
Cadillac El Dorado to remain a marketable car for decades to come.
Throughout the sixties and seventies, El Dorado’s held their ground, and in
1971 the rebirth of the El Dorado Cadillac even made another appearance. And in
1976, Cadillac made headlines again, promoting the final year for “the last
American Convertible”. That is the Cadillac in the picture on the left.
Throughout the 1980's and the
1990's, the Cadillac El Dorado went
through several exterior, as well as, performance modifications; but never
regained its former glory days. In fact, Cadillac found that most buyers were
looking for luxury sedans, like the four-door Cadillac Seville. So as the end of
the century neared, so did most of the sales for the Cadillac El Dorado.
After fifty years of ups and downs, the Cadillac El Dorado made its last
stance. The golden anniversary of the El Dorado ironically marked its end.
However, not without malice, the final ETC model of the El Dorado marked the
most powerful front wheel drive car ever built, coming in at over 300 hp.
Many car experts and those novice Cadillac junkies marvel in the first era of
the Cadillac El Dorado, they were a mark above the rest, offering a driver a
feeling of individuality, wealth, and luxury; the true essence of a Cadillac.