Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Hey, Duane here! In early 2007, I increasingly focused on classic luxury cars. Childhood memories resurfaced of neighbors driving “his and hers” Cadillac convertibles down the street. I was envious, even as a kid.

The more I reminisced, the more I wanted one, specifically a Cadillac Eldorado convertible. My close friend in California owned a 1976 Eldorado convertible, striking in dark blue. I would like to have bought his, but it sold a year beforehand.

This same friend suggested I search for a 1974 Eldorado convertible as that was the last year for fender skirts over the rear wheels and the last year for round headlamps. Sadly, searching was no simple task.

Search Begins

One of many issues in searching for a specific older car is that often it’s not found locally. Consequently, the more specific the goal and the shorter the period, the more difficult it is to find locally. I specifically wanted a low mileage 1974 Eldorado convertible in very good condition, and that meant expanding my search nationwide.

There was and still is no all-encompassing search site, so I monitored several websites listing older collector cars for sale. Accordingly, I bookmarked my favorite websites, which are now linked in the Buy/Sell section of If searching for an older collector car, please visit those links.

1974 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

After a couple of months, I singled out a canary yellow 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible with white convertible top and camel color leather interior. Everything was original and in very good condition. In addition, it had 36,000 original miles with an actual mileage title.

1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible side view
1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible

I could not find an affordable flight to the Eldorado’s remote location in Iowa for an inspection. So eventually I bought this convertible sight unseen, a definite risk, and shipped it to Indianapolis. The seller neglected to mention a couple of issues, but overall, I was pleased when it arrived.

The 1974 Eldorado featured the monstrous 500CI (8.2L) V8 engine with 210-hp. 0-60mph acceleration was an uninspiring 11-seconds and averaged 10-mpg on premium fuel. It seated six and floated comfortably like a traditional American luxury car.

Full power accessories comprised power seats, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and AM/FM stereo radio with 8-track tape player and power antenna. An outside temperature dial was incorporated below the driver’s mirror. There were no engine related gauges or tachometer as the typical Eldorado owner of the day exhibited little interest in such details. Idiot lights filled the void.

1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible front view

First Year Issues

The seller failed to mention that the bumper filler extensions needed replacing. And corrosion from past moisture inside the gas tank repeatedly clogged the fuel filter until the tank was removed, cleaned, and recoated. Then the transmission surprisingly required a costly rebuild. Once those first-year issues were resolved, this convertible became a pleasure to own and drive. Even today, it remains a very striking automobile, top up or down.

1974 Cadillac Eldorado rear corner

After purchasing this Cadillac in 2007, one spot remained open in the garage behind the rental house. Next Sunday see what filled the void and the damage it eventually caused. Thanks, and always drive with allure!

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