This year marks the 20th anniversary of the discontinuation of one of America’s most iconic automotive nameplates: the Eldorado.
“Immaculate car, shows and drives as new,” the listing states. “All original and same family owned. Kept in heated garage and still has that new car scent.” Showing just 28,285 miles on the odometer, this Eldorado does indeed look showroom-fresh, right down to the gray leather interior and gloss woodgrain accent trim.
The Eldorado was classified as a personal luxury car and lived for about 50 years and 12 generations between 1953 and 2002. It was positioned at the top of the model lineup and was a proud showpiece for Cadillac innovation, luxury, and style.
This final-year example comes from the 12th generation which drew exterior styling from a late-1980s show car called the Solitaire. It rides on the General Motors E-body platform, sharing chassis architecture with the Buick Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado (although they were discontinued before the Eldorado was).
Powering the Eldorado is a robust 4.6-liter LD8 Northstar V8 sending power to the front wheels through a four-speed 4T60-E automatic transmission. Technology for this car was advanced for its time, since the Eldorado used a microprocessor-controlled Integrated Chassis Control System that was connected to the stability control, steering, and road-sensing suspension systems. Standard appointments were generous and included automatic climate control and daytime running lights. On top of that, this ETC (Touring) model came with quad exhausts, rain-sensing swipers, and perforated leather upholstery.
For the Eldorado’s final year in 2002, only 1,596 units were produced, and they were all painted red or white. This was Cadillac’s way of paying homage to the original 1953 Eldorado which was only offered in those colors.
The Eldorado was succeeded by the CTS coupe beginning in 2003, so this 28,000-mile example could very well represent one of the best-kept remaining examples from the final model year.
“It has been driven mainly on weekend cruises and meticulously maintained,” the listing concludes.