Double Take: 1995 Cadillac Eldorado
Yesterday as I was pulling into a gas station I noticed a very clean eleventh-generation (1992 to 2002) Cadillac Eldorado at one of the pumps. There was no one near it, so I decided to wait. It ended up being worth it.
When the owner came out of the convenience store, I approached him about his car and, thankfully, he was delighted to talk and let me photograph the well-preserved coupe.
Talk about pristine
Turns out, he’s a former GM employee having held an important position related to Middle East exports.
After breaking the ice with the owner (I neglected to write down his name, grr), he told me that his 1995 Cadillac Eldorado is for sale. He then described, with great enthusiasm, his history with the car.
He’s actually the original owner.
If I remember correctly, he has several cars and his wife has asked that he eliminate one. This is the oldest in his fleet so it is getting the axe.
I have to say, this is the cleanest Eldorado I’ve seen in years. It’s coming up on two decades old, so I saw a couple of minor things, but they truly were minor things.
He told me it’s always been garaged, and it shows. Everything sparkled, from the chrome accents to the painted surfaces. (By the way, that paint was an expensive factory option and, according to the owner, only 49 other Eldorados share it.)
The tires include a thick whitewall and thin yellow pinstripe, outside of that. They look perfectly appropriate on this car and coordinate well with the chromed wheels that have restrained gold detailing.
This car is a standard model, not the sporty ETC (Eldorado Touring Coupe) variant; however, it takes things a step further for a luxo look. The roof is adorned with a partial soft top, an Eldorado tradition, and there is aluminum trim that graces the doors and front fenders, another feature familiar to Eldo fans.
Personally, I like Cadillac’s factory egg-crate grill more than this vertical slat setup, but I’m thinking this is part of the overall Biarritz-like package, which was probably a dealer-installed option.
This generation of Eldorado was introduced for the 1992 model year and was designed by Mr. Dick Ruzzin, former Chief Designer for Cadillac, and his team. For 1995, such as the subject car, the Eldorado received a refresh that rounded the front and rear bumper corners.
Another improvement the Eldorado had received, a couple years prior, was Cadillac’s bold new 4.6-liter V-8, Northstar engine. For 1995, it came in two flavors: LD8 which produced 275 HP (up five from the prior year), and L37, for the ETC, which produced 300 HP (also up five that year).
At the time, these were impressive numbers, particularly for being delivered to the front wheels. So, even though this car has only 275 HP, I’m sure it scoots just fine.
While pushing a remote button on his key chain, he tells me the trunk has never been loaded. After the lid was swung open, sure enough, it looked untouched.
Next he tells me to look inside the car and to pay special attention to the rear seats; they’ve never been used either.
But all of that pales in light of the fact that it’s only got 42,000 miles on it, and he’s only asking $6,500 for it.
I’m not making money off of reporting on this car or any consequential sale, and I haven’t taken to selling cars on here either (at least not yet… I’ve been asked though). Whether this Eldorado was for sale or not, I would have written about it just the same.
I’ve naturally blurred out certain personal information but if you or anyone you know is interested in this jewel, feel free to comment or send me an email (shown on the right panel, near the bottom).
After I talked with the owner for a while, and sparked some excitement, he had a sort of gleam in his eye like he’d maybe keep it after all. In fact, with a sense of confusion, he asked if he should. I didn’t want to get between him and his wife. I just said it was likely a classic in the making.
Despite my subtle hint, the Eldorado was on the corner with a for sale sign the following day. Some lucky chap is going to stumble onto a real nice find.
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