There have been countless GM concept cars and show cars over the years that were built, exhibited, and lost to time, either because they were crushed, squirreled away in some storage facility, or met with some other less-than-glamorous end. This 1999 Cadillac EldoRODo concept looked as though it destined for just such a fate, but luckily, it was recently sold at auction and resurfaced in a new video. Now, we’re getting to walk around the 1999 Cadillac EldoRODo concept and see it driven.
While background information on the 1999 Cadillac EldoRODo concept is a bit sparse, we know that the vehicle was originally built as a tribute to Southern California car culture and takes inspiration as a sort of futuristic low rider. Shown at various car shows, including the LA Auto Show, as well as enjoying features in a few random car magazines, the EldoRODo was built by California Street Rods in Huntington Beach, in collaboration with GM.
Based on a 1999 Cadillac Eldorado, just a few years out from the nameplate’s eventual discontinuation for the 2002 model year, the EldoRODo features a four-inch drop, with the body chopped and channeled and the suspension lowered on air. The windshield was also raked down 10 degrees to lower the roof even more.
The exterior is covered in a searing shade of paint called Ignite Orange, which absolutely pops in the right light. The front end was customized with narrow, rectangular lights and a slim grille, giving the fascia a look that’s simple and streamlined. The wheels are large, polished plates ringed in low-profile tires, which hide the valve stems inside the wheel for even more of a sleek appearance. That theme continues with deleted door handles and side mirrors, while the rear wheels are tucked underneath large rear fender covers. The rear end includes vertical taillights with smoked housings.
The interior is covered in tan upholstery, while under the hood, we find the Northstar 4.6L V8 engine, rated at 300 horsepower.
Check out the full video below: