Incredible 16,000 original miles. New in every way. Loaded, heavily documented

Price: US $27,900.00 Item location: Macedonia, Ohio, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Cadillac
  • Model: Eldorado
  • SubModel: Convertible
  • Type: Convertible
  • Year: 1975
  • Mileage: 16,104
  • VIN: 6L67S50247402
  • Color: Burgundy
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Interior color: Burgundy
  • Options: Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Before we get into the details of this incredible 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, I should let you know that my very first car was a 1976 Eldorado convertible. My father bought it in, oh, about 1980 when it was just a used car and he most definitely used it. By the time I got it, every major system had been used up and was bordering on non-functional. Yet I put it back together and drove it through high school and college, and I have to say, even a slightly scruffy Eldorado convertible is a first-class ride. But the reason I’m telling you this is to let you know that I know a lot about these cars—A LOT. And I’m uniquely qualified to examine the minute differences between my ragged example and this nearly perfectly preserved original car that still feels, smells, and looks new. In short, there’s just no comparison.

You’re seeing the specifications correctly, this car has just 16,104 original miles and is so untouched that it’s still sitting on its original Michelin radials. It’s had just two owners and both of them meticulously documented every service, every repair (there aren’t many), and were exceptionally careful to respect the car’s total authenticity. The color is called Roxena Red, and it is indeed General Motors enamel applied in early 1975. It shows beautifully today, with that soft glow that only original paint has and virtually zero signs of use overall. No chips on the nose, no parking lot dings, and no signs of the sun having done its work on the finish. Even the critical fender caps, which were made of a flexible urethane material when the car was new, are in very good shape. These tend to simply degrade with age and crumble, but these are intact and unbroken, with only some very minor wrinkling evident on the left front corner—enough to remind you this is an original car but not enough to demand a repair. The same urethane was used for the fillers under the taillights and between the grille and bumper up front, as well as under the rear license plate, and they all remain 100% intact and in great shape. This stiff is really important and please keep it in mind as you’re looking at other Eldorados—I bet you find a lot of them with cracks and missing pieces in these areas.

There’s also plenty of chrome on the big Eldo, as it was pretty much the last of the drop-top land yachts and we’ll never see their like again. The ’75 models were heavily revised, losing the fender skirts and getting bumpers that wrapped around the front end, including two uprights at the outside edges that give it a sleeker, lighter look. These have a tendency to move around, as they’re part of the bumper, not the body, and on high-mileage cars (or if the frame has been tweaked) they don’t fit particularly well, but on this car, they sit almost flush with the surrounding bodywork, just as they should. There’s a color-coordinated rub strip along the flanks and bright stainless trim on the rockers, all of which has a great shine and no signs of rust hiding underneath. There’s just no question this is a low-mileage survivor that exemplifies Cadillac quality in the mid-70s.

The burgundy leather interior is just as I remember it, with surprisingly supportive seats that are great for all-day cross-country runs. The leather remains supple and smooth with just a few comfort marks on the seating surfaces, but it’s impossible to tell which are from time and those that were part of the cow. There are absolutely no splits or tears and it’s clear that this car has not spent much time outside, because reds are notoriously fragile in the face of UV rays. On this car, the seats, carpets, door panels, and even the dash pad remain in almost new condition with no fading or cracks. The woodgrained inserts on the door panels are wonderfully ornate and there’s matching stuff that spans the center of the dash and decorates the steering wheel itself. This particular Eldorado is loaded with almost every option and feature you could get in 1975, including automatic climate control, power locks, windows, and front seat, cruise control, twilight sentinel, a power antenna, a tilt and telescoping steering column, and a signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio. Everything works except the clock, which is sad but not surprising, and even the little electric solenoids that release the front seat backs give a precise little “click” whenever you open the doors. Many Eldorado owners will probably look on with envy at the original floor mats, which are completely irreplaceable, and you’ll note that because of the Eldo’s front-wheel-drive setup, there’s massive legroom and no transmission hump to deal with, making this car feel spacious and open. That’s the original black vinyl convertible top with a glass rear window, and it’s in beautiful condition with no split seams or tears, and up close you really can see that there’s a significant difference between OEM and replacement tops, especially in the edges and the seams. It folds up and down easily and this car includes both the original red vinyl convertible top boot and a color-matched fiberglass boot that was a dealer-installed option. The trunk is trimmed in original mouse-fur cloth and includes the original spare tire and jack assembly, neither of which appear to have ever been used.

Until fairly recently, the 500 cubic inch Cadillac V8 was the largest production V8 ever built. It’s designed for effortless power under any conditions, and it does indeed move all 5200 pounds of Eldorado ragtop with the kind of inevitable torque that makes it feel like this car could run all day at 100 MPH. It’s all about torque, and nothing makes torque better than cubic inches, and even in its relatively de-tuned state, this big cruiser feels lighter on its feet than you’d expect. The engine bay is exceptionally clean and authentic, right down to hoses, clamps, fittings, and decals, all of which are original to the car. It’s been properly serviced, of course, and it needs nothing today to be driven cross-country, but it’s nice to see that the mechanics working on it didn’t just start replacing parts. It wears Cadillac Blue paint on the engine itself, the air cleaner still has its intake silencer and feed hose, and all the cad-plated fittings are still bright gold, not chalky white. The manifolds are raw cast iron, so they show some surface scale, but that’s entirely understandable and not a cause for concern. You’ll spot an aftermarket alarm system, but it’s disconnected and not an issue today, and I think I’d remove the siren if this were my car to keep.

This engine is remarkably polished and smooth. It starts with an easy turn of the key and runs with a modest hum from the exhaust, but for the most part, it’s almost too quiet to hear. This is quite a contrast to my ’76 Eldo, which was often finicky and thanks to a cheap exhaust system, a little noisier. Drop it into gear and there’s no perceptible change, but letting off the brake means the car eases forward. Give it some gas, and that can be a lunge as all that torque comes on line and the big ragtop moves out. The TH425 3-speed automatic transmission shifts almost imperceptibly and with all that torque on tap, it’s in high gear before you’re going 25 MPH and never seems to need to downshift. The suspension is shockingly supple but not sloppy. Forget what you think you know about American luxury cars in the ‘70s, because all most folks know is worn-out luxury. This car isn’t a sports car, but the suspension feels tight and smooth, controlled without being firm. It’s a difficult sensation to describe, but it’s what you should expect from a car that’s nearly new. You’ll also note it still carries its original automatic-leveling rear suspension with air shocks, original exhaust system with resonator out back, and even the original catalytic converter, so it remains legal in all 50 states. Obviously there’s no rust, just some surface scale on the heavy metal parts, but that was probably there on the showroom floor. The unique FWD wheels and Eldorado hubcaps are in excellent shape, and those 235/75/15 Michelin radials with the cool narrow whitewalls have been there since 1975, so I wouldn’t drive cross-country on them, but they’re ideal for preservation class competition.

This car also includes an extensive set of files on its history, maintenance, and other details. There are receipts for service dating back decades, notes from the original dealer, and factory brochures that give you a better picture of the 1970s. This car is collector grade in every way.

Obviously I love this car. Getting behind the wheel was like coming home, and I was astounded by how much better this car is than mine in every single way. That’s the great thing about survivors: how they remind us just how good factory cars really are. There will never be full-sized luxury convertible like this ever again, and this Eldorado brings a unique combination of preservation, authenticity, and functionality that you probably can’t get anywhere else. It’s a slam-dunk in almost any competition, but with proper maintenance, it’s also ideal for modest driving, so it should never become a trailer queen. They built about 1/3 as many 1975 as 1976 Eldorados, and while I don’t think that affects value, it’s kind of nice for the guy who doesn’t especially want to zig when everyone else does. A first-rate collectable with an awesome pedigree. Call now!