The Cadillac Eldorado is one of the brand’s most famous nameplates. First introduced in 1952, no less than 12 generations came and went by the time the Eldorado hit the dustbin in 2002. Offering huge size, plus superlative luxury and style, seeing these machines in their natural habitat is always a treat, as evidenced by this recent street sighting of a ninth-generation Cadillac Eldorado in Miami Beach.
Draped in black paint punctuated with polished chrome, this ninth-gen Eldorado looks the part of a high-class cruiser from tip to tail. The folding soft-top roof adds to the mystique, while the white interior upholstery offsets the dark exterior nicely.
We love all the straight, square lines on this thing, from the headlamps and tail lamps to the grille and bumper lines. Even the rear skirted wheels add to the blocky appearance. Indeed, this Cadillac Eldorado is one solid slab of American opulence.
It’s also worth noting that the ninth-generation Cadillac Eldorado is a monster of a vehicle in terms of exterior dimensions, measuring in at a full 224 inches (18.7 feet) for overall length. That’s more than 18 inches (1.5 feet) longer than the modern 205.8-inch Cadillac CT6! In fact, the Eldorado is closer to the overall length of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (229.5 inches, 19.1 feet) than it is a modern passenger sedan.
|Wheelbase (in / mm)||126.3 / 3210|
|Overall Length (in / mm)||224 / 5700|
|Overall Width (in / mm)||79.8 / 2030|
|Overall Heigh (in / mm)||54.2 / 1380|
Under the hood, earlier ninth-gen Cadillac Eldorado models came equipped with a 500 cubic-inch (8.2L) V8 engine, but by the 1977 model year, the 500-cube powerplant was replaced with a 425 cubic-inch (7L) V8 producing 180 horsepower. Interestingly, all GM E-body cars were front-wheel-drive in 1977, a first for the company. With a three-speed automatic on deck to route the power, the 4,828-pound Eldorado required a little under 10 seconds to reach 60 mph.
Granted, by modern standards this Caddy doesn’t quite have what it takes to keep pace. But a car like this isn’t about objectivity – it’s about style and presence, and the Eldorado has both in spades.