MORGAN TWP, PA, USA
Up for auction is this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe, in white over a white leather interior with red trim and dash, a white half-vinyl padded roof with opera lights, and a 425 ci V8 running through a three speed automatic, with 67,432 miles on the clock.
1978 was the last year of this generation of Eldorado, before the debut of an-all new model in a significantly smaller size and shape. This front-drive chassis Cadillac represents the last of the 70’s bigger-is-better ethos of the flagship GM company, right before market demands and the energy crunch dictated a massive change in approach to luxury.
This Eldorado is in clean condition and is largely original, with some patina and wear visible, but also left period correct and unmodified.
The exterior of this Eldorado is finished in white, and remains largely unscathed, though not as glossy with age. The Biarritz option was the highest luxury spec for the Eldorado, with a half-vinyl Landau roof with opera lights on the C-pillar, and the tufted leather look for the seats inside being the tell-tale cues. The chrome - an ample part of any 70’s Cadillac – is in very good condition, with minimal pitting or delamination seem anywhere on the exterior, as even the chrome badge from the original dealer in remarkably good shape. The bumpers are straight and show no evidence of contact or harm, and the factory hubcaps are body color and present, with whitewall tires in good condition.
The original neoprene end caps between the body and the bumpers both front and rear are cracking and deteriorating, a common issue for this era of Cadillac. There is also a small spot of rust forming along the chrome trim surrounding the padded roof vinyl, but otherwise the car is free from corrosion.
The interior is Cadillac in all it’s late 70’s glory, a combo of bright white and red trim, with liberal application of chrome and wood applique. The interior is in very good condition, though the drivers door armrest is cracking, and there are some worn spots in the red carpet. The stereo sports the factory 8-track AND CB Radio option, and are still present. Overall, the interior shows some wear but is intact, with no sagging headliner, and nothing missing from original factory spec.
This 1978 Eldorado has a 425 ci Cadillac V8 engine, pushing out 180 hp in standard spec, running through the GM 3-speed automatic transmission, and driving the front wheels. The engine and transmission are in fine running condition, with no issues, and the has no issues or areas that need addressing. Underneath, there is some mild surface corrosion visible in the pictures, but the chassis in in good shape, and mechanically sound.
There simply aren’t many cars as gloriously excessive as these 70’s Eldorados, and the color combination of this one in particular makes it especially desirable. There are some mild trim issues to be addressed if one wanted a perfect Caddy, but this car is remarkably straight and original, and could be brought back to new condition with relatively little time and effort. Produced right before the swing to luxury imports began to mount a serious threat, Eldorados like these are personal luxury coupes in the grandest American tradition, and this example would make a smart buy.
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