With increased interest in cars of the '80s, perhaps this 1985
Cadillac Eldorado will find its place in the collector car world.
Wonderfully preserved, it's a nice survivor and a great example of
Cadillac's flagship from a time when few folks were thinking about
future values. Luxury was luxury, and this Eldorado delivers
Having been in a single owner's care since it was new, it should be no surprise that this is one heck of a nicely preserved Eldo. The light yellow paint still shines like a top-of-the-line Cadillac should and the squared-off styling has aged quite well, giving the car a very upscale, elegant look. Among today's rounded luxury models, this one stands proud. Most of the paint is original, although there are a few touch-ups intended to keep it looking its best, and even the important parts like the flexible fender fillers at the front end are in excellent condition. A crisp pinstripe highlights the snappy fender line from nose to tail and vertical taillights are a Cadillac theme that have been in constant use for decades. There's plenty of flashy chrome, including heavy bumpers and a wonderfully ornate egg crate grille, and the stainless rockers reinforce the car's long wheelbase. And yes, there's a padded half roof with opera lights, a trademark of the '80s that'll bring a smile to your face.
Plush tan leather is as opulent as you could get, and the baroque interior styling certainly works with the Eldo's exterior look. Everything GM could think of was standard on this top-of-the-line model, including power seats, windows, and locks, automatic climate control, a tilt wheel, twilight sentinel, and a bunch of other cool '80s tech. Digital dashboards were popular, but this one uses the optional analog setup that is both more reliable and more stylish today. Light-colored faux wood on the dash brightens up the interior and gives the Eldorado a continental flavor, and all of the interior materials are in excellent condition. The seats have minor comfort marks but no damage, the carpets are still protected by the original mats, and the door panels look very nice. Slam one of the big doors and you can feel the oversized weather stripping sealing up the interior like a tomb. The original AM/FM/cassette stereo is still in the dash, complete with ornate little knobs, and the trunk is as luxuriously carpeted as the interior.
Cadillac's 4.1 liter V8 was a workhorse during this period, showing up in all manner of passenger cars, and if properly maintained, they're smooth, torquey, and reliable. They make nice V8 sounds and you can't argue with the fuel economy of a big luxury car like this. Fortunately, this one has been well maintained and it shows, with the engine bay looking particularly tidy and with all the original equipment intact and only some surface scale on the air cleaner, which is pretty typical. It starts easily and once it's up to cruising speed, it just loafs along at 75 MPH with nary a whisper. The Eldo's all-independent suspension is comfortable and competent and there's a disc brake at each corner, too, giving the Cadillac coupe a fairly impressive spec sheeet. Wire hubcaps on steel wheels should look familiar, and they wear relatively recent 225/75/15 whitewall radials.
An inexpensive way to get some top-of-the-line luxury and perhaps score yourself a future classic at the same time. Call today!
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Introduced in 1953, the Cadillac Eldorado was the automaker’s launch into the new era of automotive design, proving again the brand’s dominance in the growing luxury car segment.
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