Jul04~04-001

Back in the day, this was the compact Cadillac.

“Personal Luxury” was coined to represent cars which carried the same amount of richness in a so-called “smaller package.”  The first Eldorados were built in 1967, coinciding with the 1966 release of the Olds Toronado.  Both rode on a front-wheel drive chassis.

The 1976 model was to be the last Cadillac convertible, due to new US safety standards.  When I was 11 years old I asked my Dad to take me to a Cadillac dealer so I could see one up close.  He obliged, and the salesman was happy to show a wide-eye kid towards a convertible model.  It was the most fantastic thing I’d ever seen.  I walked out of the dealership with a 1976 Cadillac brochure, which I still have today.

Because it was to be the last convertible, collectors bought them and stored them away.  In the 1980s convertible models came out again.  Collectors got mad. Some sued.

In the end, the 1976 Eldorado in any form is still one of my favorite cars.