General Motors’ luxury brand was founded in 1902, and it was given the name of the French explorer who, 200 years before, had founded the City on the Strait, or “la Ville d’Etroit”, which was to become the hub of the automotive industry: Detroit.
In 1908 Cadillac became part of the growing GM empire.
Before the war, Cadillac mainly produced high end chassis (often with 12- and even 16-cylinder engines) bound to be clothed by the specialist coachbuilders, but in the 1950s –after the establishment of GM’s Styling Centre- even Cadillacs were completely built in house.
The most expensive versions were called Eldorado, which reminded the infinite richness of the pre-Columbian centro-american civilizations.
In the early ‘70s even Cadillac adopted front wheel drive, in order to create the roomiest possible passenger compartment, building what probably were the biggest fwds in history.
The 1973 Cadillac Eldorado that we show you today has a huge eight-liter V8: probably the highest displacement seen in that period on a series production motor car. This car has been kept with great care, being driven just 40,000 miles, which for a car like this is practically the run-in mileage.
It belongs to a small series of cars that were built with the same specs as the Eldorado used as a Pace Car ay the 1973 Indy 500.
The big American Cabriolets have a place in our culture due to the many American films as well as the Dolce Vita appearances: none is better than this sumptuous Cadillac Eldorado to recreate those experiences. Still today, one of the ultimate automotive experiences must be driving a car like this without any hurry, taking the views, the sea’s smell and the sunset light in.
This Cadillac, which was built regardless of cost and sold more expensive than a Rolls-Royce, will give its next owner the pleasure to own something exclusive, and the highest expression of the American Automobile.
The car still has its American plate, but is regularly imported and duty-paid in Europe and can be easily registered.
The vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition but, for safety reasons, we advise the purchaser to have it checked over and to replace the fluids, filters and perishable elements.