Two doors. 300 horsepower from a DOHC V8. Limited edition. Sound
good? This 2002 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe Collectors' Edition
gets it all right, especially the price. Loaded with every option
you could get and wrapped in gorgeous paint, it's the gentleman's
hot rod for the 21st century.
Diamond White Pearl was the quintessential Cadillac color when this Eldo hit the streets and it still looks great today. The Eldorado looks great in its crisply tailored sheetmetal and even nearly 15 years later, it looks like money on wheels. By 2002, GM had their quality control issues solved and the fit and finish on this car are exemplary for a machine that cost nearly $50,000 when it was new. This was also the last of the Eldorados, hence the "Collectors' Edition" moniker, as if Cadillac expected people to snatch them up as future investments. Well, that didn't happen, but what did happen is that you can get an awesome, fast, sleek coupe for pennies on the dollar today. The monochromatic look still seems slick and the distinct lack of chrome and other flash on this car takes it more than a few steps away from the Cadillacs of yore. The finish remains in excellent shape for its age, with a bright shine and very few signs of use. Living in a warm climate certainly helps and the only notable demerit might be a piece of loose trim at the base of the driver's door, something easily remedied by a quick trip to the dealer.
The luxurious interior still ranks as one of Cadillac's best, with plush bucket seats and real Zebrano wood accents. The two-tone leather adds a sporting touch and the sophisticated color pallet whispers luxury without getting too boisterous about it. Big, round gauges are easy to read and the trip computer scrolls neatly through the DIC right underneath. The leather shows only modest signs of use, well in line with its age and mileage, and surprisingly enough, the back seat is actually usable by real-sized adults. Every feature is here, from automatic climate control to power everything to cruise control to a great-sounding AM/FM/CD stereo that fills the nearly silent cabin with sound. There's even a special commemorative tag on the dash indicating that this is one of the last Eldorados built, #1467 out of 1596 total. And there just aren't many cars better for road trips than a big American luxury machine, with this car offering a huge trunk that still looks new.
Horsepower is one area where the Eldorado dominated most of its competition: 300 horses from a state-of-the-art 4.6 liter DOHC V8 called the Northstar. It was a pretty big deal back then and even today, this big coupe hustles like it weighs 800 pounds less than it does. There's a throaty bark when you turn the key and the intervening years have proven that the Northstar is pretty much indestructible when properly maintained. This one is beautifully maintained and sparkling clean under the hood, suggesting an owner who cared about the car more than most, and aside from some scuffed paint on the faux plastic engine cover, it looks almost new. It idles smoothly and pulls hard with bottomless reserves of torque, and the 4-speed automatic transmission is always willing to serve up a downshift to get it into the meaty part of its powerband. Add in a fully independent suspension, big 4-wheel disc brakes, and some capable chassis tuning and you get a luxury car that isn't afraid to run hard. Special 16-inch chrome alloy wheels were part of the deal, with these wearing Vogue whitewall radials that set the tone perfectly.
A cool car that might have gone overlooked by collectors, now available at a bargain price. Call today!