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1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible -Hagerty Valuation in #4 condition is $10,300

For sale: 1975 Cadillac Eldorado

Technical specifications

Item location:
Highland Park, Illinois, United States
top line caddy convertible - rare 1yr only color
Mandarin Orange
Engine size:
500 CID 8.2L v8
Number of cylinders:
Power options:
Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
regular unleaded
Drive type:
hydra-matic front wheel drive
Interior color:
Mandarin Orange leather
Safety options:
It's really big!
Leather Seats, Convertible
Vehicle Title:
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With a heavy heart, am offering up a Bully '75 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. This is a tremendously fun Eldo convertible and one of the last of the big floaters! This car is an eye catcher and it is impossible to drive without getting lots of thumb's ups, equests to share information and requests to take pictures with it. This car is NOT for shy people. It makes a statement with a factory length of about 18.7' and a bit of extra length provided by the huge steer horns attached to the hood with very strong, igh quality wrought iron. The color combination is great for anyone looking for a mid-70's Eldo in a unique color (don't you get sick of all the white, ed and black caddy's?) and is particularly fitting for anyone with connections to the University of Texas as this is the ultimate in "Hook 'em Horns" pride. What a fantastic ride for a fraternity, lumni association, r for the current student looking to travel in style and with all his/her friends! And, his is a great cruiser for any Caddy enthusiast or family looking for that special ride to take the ice cream parlor, nter in parades or just have fun cruising in style!! This is a massive 6 seater with plenty of room for all your friends and luggage!
This is not a perfect show car. It appears to have been repainted in its original mandarin orange color 1x before and shows some age but still presents well. The leather interior is also in "ok" shape with two tears in the drivers seat (one on seat bottom and one on seat back) and a tear that was repaired once in the middle of the rear seat at the top. Otherwise the leather is really in quite nice shape and looks real nice. It came to me without the heat or AC and the clock does not work. The radio/8track works "sometimes" and the car will come with an 8track of Elvis. The power locks work, ower windows work though the rear right quarter window is off the track right now (all parts are there, t just skipped the track recently). The power "scissor-style" top goes down effortlessly but sometimes needs a bit of help coming up. It is pretty heavy, fter-all. The top is in decent condition but does have 1 tear about 5-6" long on rear drivers side in the same spot that seems to plague these GM big boats. I do have a new top in the trunk ready to be installed. The power antenna does not work right now and I have never tried to fix it so it might just need some grease. As for other known imperfections, he passenger ash tray cover is present but does not stay closed and in addition to the seat imperfections noted and shown in pics, here is a tear in the drivers side door card vinyl. The steering wheel is in ok shape but some of the "wood inlay" has cracked off. The car generally runs pretty good but sometimes idles rich. Normal leaks present relative to oil and trans fluid. The horn is currently disconnected and the speedometer just started acting up a bit. The car has great power seats, djustable mirrors, "remote" trunk release in the dash, oft-close trunk deck, n outside thermometer built into the drivers side-view mirror, ainted hubcaps, nd the rare fiberglass color-coded parade boot is present and really finishes off the car nicely. I have added a new 12v receptacle to power a phone charger or other accessory and the car will come to its new owner with an original owners manual and a very nicely crafted outdoor car cover big enough to keep this land yacht under wraps.
This is a really fun ride and is definitely not something you see every day. I've tried to describe the car as accurately as possible. Please feel free to inspect and ask questions. the car is offered for sale without any reps or warranties and the buyer will need to arrange shipping. I will try to help as best I can. The car is kept in a garage and driven only on nice days. In addition to the new convertible top that is in the trunk, also have a new drivers side convertible top latch as the one that came with the car is not original stock and a '75 Caddy users manual. Mileage is approximate and I have no idea whether it is original or whether the odometer has "turned." Fun, un car that gets lots of attention and is a blast to drive, how and own.
$1500 deposit due within 48hrs from end of auction. No shipping until full payment received and cleared. Funds due to seller within 3days of auction. This car is listed for sale locally and through other venues and will continue to be shown for sale and fun at local car shows. As such, eller reserves the right to cancel this auction at any time, or any reason and with no recourse. While I have tried to describe the car as best as possible and will gladly answer any questions and make the car available for inspections, am not a professional car guy and I make no representations or warranties relative to the car, ts mechanical condition, tc.
If you want to end the auction early, eel free to make me an offer via ebay messenger.
More pics at the link noted in sellers notes. If you can't find the link to the additional photos, end me an ebay message and I can send the link to you. The pics show that the car shines up pretty nice. The last couple of pics were taken after the car was sitting in the garage for winter storage collecting dust and therefore were included to show the car at its worst in comparison to the earlier photos that show it during normal summer cruising time. It will shines up pretty nicely after a wash and wax. Again, end me a message and I can send you the link as Ebay does not allow me to post it in the description.
This 1975 Eldorado Convertible is being sold AS-IS, HERE-IS with NO representations or warranties - expressed, ritten or implied. My descriptions are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle and to have satisfied himselfherself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgment. I have done my best to try and represent it as accurately as possible and to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs. Seller does not warranty anything that may or could happen after sale. Any inspections are to be completed before the end of sale, ot afterward. NO EXCEPTIONS. Winning this auction does not entitle you to come inspect the car and decide if you want to buy it, ut OBLIGATES you to complete the purchase
Info about the '75 Caddy Eldorado:

1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
Acknowledging Its Heritage

The ’75 Eldorado was introduced on September 19, 974. Of the 44,752 Eldorado’s produced for the 1975 model year, 950 were convertibles and were introduced at a base price of $10,354 which represented Cadillac’s first foray into five digit pricing. This pricing would increase two times during the model year to end at $10,783 by the end of the 1975 model run. Mandarin Orange was only offered as a color during the 1975 model year.

It would appear that the U.S. auto industry just couldn't get a break during the 1974 and 1975 model years. After Cadillac experienced two record setting years in a row for 1972 and 1973, t got hit with sluggish sales due to the oil scare that caught America off guard just as the new '74 models appeared in dealer showrooms. When the oil scare ended in spring 1974, ales began to pick up again, nly to fall off during the 1975 model year due to the worst economic recession since 1958! While overall sales were better for Cadillac in 1975 than they'd been the previous year, ales of the Eldorado Coupe were up just a few thousand units and the Eldorado Convertible didn’t fare much better, ith an increase of less than 2000 cars. The 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV wasn’t doing as well for 1975 either, s sales had dropped from ’74 numbers. Part of the reason for this could be the substantial price increases many luxury cars passed on to consumers. The Eldorado Coupe jumped $875 for 1975 and the Eldorado Convertible passed the five-figure bracket for the first time. With an introductory base price of $10,354, t was priced $917 higher than in 1974. As noted above, ricing would increase to $10,783 during the year.

Part of the responsibility for the increase in base price lies with the new catalytic converters that had found their way onto most 1975 models, ncluding the Eldorado. They allowed engines to be retuned for improved performance as they aided in the clean-up of vehicle emissions which allowed engineers to removes some of the emissions duties engines had been saddled with the last few years. The catalytic converters were expensive, hough, nd that cost was passed on to consumers.

Cadillac and Lincoln both loaded up their personal luxury models with features that had previously been optional at extra cost and that increased the base price as well. That meant things like an AM/FM stereo radio and power door locks were now standard. In a strange move, incoln ended up making many of those things optional again in 1976 in an attempt to offer the lowest possible base price, ut it really didn’t matter much in the long run as most luxury car buyers opted to equip their cars with them anyway. Psychologically, hey probably thought they were getting a better deal with the more affordable base price.

Part of Cadillac’s efficiency included offering owners a high resale value at the time of trade-in, s well as low maintenance costs during their time of ownership. Cadillac led the luxury car market in owner loyalty at the time, s it had for many years, nd there was a growing trend for original owners to retain their cars for a longer period of time which may have had a small impact on repeat sales each year. Eldorado recognized and acknowledged its heritage in 1975 by refining its styling to better reflect the first generation Fleetwood Eldorado that dated back to 1967. Few would disagree that the original styling was one of General Motors finest styling efforts ever. It ranks right up there with first Cadillac Sixty Special Sedan and Coupe deVille, he 1963 Buick Riviera, he 1963 Corvette, nd all the other legendary designs that have come forth from GM over the years.



Displacement: 8.2 Litres, -8 (500 CID)
Bore and Stroke: 4.30 x 4.304
Compression Ratio: 8.50 to 1
SAE Net Horsepower: 190 @ 4000 rpm (HP went down each year ’71-’76 due to stricter emission laws in US but performance remained about the same)
Carburetor: Rochester 4V "Quadrajet" M4ME
Optional Induction System: Electronic Fuel Injection

TRANSMISSION: Turbo Hydra-matic

Front wheel drive

Drive Ratio: 2.73:1

Brakes: Power with self-adjusting feature

Front: Disc Rear: Composite finned drum

Length: 224.1" (excluding the horned hood ornamentation)

Width: 79.8"
Height: 54.2"
Trunk: 13.6 cubic feet

Weight: 5,167 lbs (please don’t call her “heavy”!! She is just big boned…)

Tires: LR78-15 Steel-belted radial tires, hite sidewall

Optional: LR78-15B Steel-belted radial tires; wider stripe whitewall

Wheelbase: 126.3 inches
Front Tread: 63.7"
Rear Tread: 63.6"

Steering: Variable-ratio power steering
Overall ratio: 20.0 to 1

Fuel Tank: 27.5 gallons

Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded

Mileage: Don’t ask! (anywhere from 8mph to 18mph depending on one’s “touch”)

Cooling System: 21¾ Qts. (23¾ Qts. with Air Conditioning)
Washer Fluid Reservoir: 2½ Qts.
Engine Oil: 6 Qts. with Filter Change
Transmission: 5½ Qts. with Filter Change

Seats 6 comfortably

1975 new standard equipment items:

1. High Energy Ignition System
2. Six-Way Power Adjustable Seat
3. Power Door Locks
4. AM/FM Signal-Seeking Stereo Radio
5. Steel-Belted Radial Ply Tires
6. White Sidewall Tires
7. Automatic Climate Control with Economy Setting
8. Tinted Glass
9. Lamp Monitors

New options for 1975:

1. Electronic Fuel Injection
2. Illuminated Entry System
3. Glass Dome Astroroof
4. Passenger Recliner Seat
5. Air Cushion Restraint System

6. Authentic Longhorn hood ornamentation!!! Hook 'em Horns!!

Mandarin Orange exterior with matching leather interior and painted wheel covers

(1975 was the only year for the color of Mandarin Orange)

$10,738 when new 8,950 built 18.68’ long 6.65’ wide weighs 5167 lbs Front wheel drive 500 cubic inch 8.2 liter V8 engine

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