Gateway Classic Cars of Dallas is excited to bring to market a very
nice 1973 Cadillac Eldorado Indy Pace Car Convertible! Only 566
were built-in 1973. They were all painted Cotillion White, with red
interior, Power Convertible Top comes with a die-cast convertible,
Authenticity manual, Service records, and Framed poster. 1973 was
the 5th year that Cadillac was chosen as a pace car throughout the
years. And this was the second time ever that a front-wheel-drive
car was leading the pack of race cars down the start lap, the first
front-wheel-drive pace car was a Cord sometime in the '30s. And
this was up to 1973 the most powerful pace car ever! The sheer
weight of the Eldorado convertible forced the Cadillac engineers to
take some measures to allow the car to reach the high speeds
needed. The 8.2 liter 500 CID engine was tweaked. A new crank was
installed as was specially forged pistons and a dual exhaust
system, even the bumpers were replaced with polished aluminum
instead of steel. And there was actually a second spare car
supplied by the factory, just in case that something happened to
the first. Both pace cars also had hood pins to secure the
hood/bonnet as well as the flag pole mounts in the rear.
Interestingly enough both cars survived the ordeal and one was
actually converted back to a "normal" Eldorado convertible before
being sold to the public. The other of the two actual pace cars
were used for numerous testing purposes at the GM/Cadillac plant,
for instance for testing rims and tires for the new generation of
Chevrolet Corvette that was introduced in 1984. That car is said to
have been scrapped and buried somewhere at a test facility..
Besides the two actual pace cars and the 53 track convertibles,
there were a number of coupe devilles, two sedan devilles and even
a Fleetwood used during the race week. To view the car in greater
detail, including an HD video and 100+ HD pictures please visit
http://www.gatewayclassiccars.com/DFW/1253/ in our Dallas showroom.
Call 817-310-9400 for more information.