1984 Cadillac EldoradoMap
The Eldorado’s crisp lines lend themselves to convertible styling, The Biarritz is easily identified by the spear of stainless trim that extends along the fenders and window sills, giving the already very flashy Eldo a lot of eyeball appeal.
The interior is pure Cadillac overkill, with pillow-tufted white leather seats and lots of faux wood trim, but that’s why these cars are so cool. They represent an era when technology was colliding with traditional luxury, and Cadillac worked hard to stay at the forefront. Dig the digital climate control and information center over on the driver’s side of the dash, and every power accessory known to man was standard equipment on the Eldorado convertible. Twin buckets show modest wear, and the back seat looks almost completely untouched. Original burgundy carpets add some dignity to the interior, along with the matching dash and steering wheel, which should look familiar to anyone who drove a Cadillac of the period. Theirs is also an AM/FM/Cassette stereo that sounds great, even with the top down. The white power top slides into its well with a minimum of fuss, where it hides under a matching vinyl boot. There is a massive trunk that’s fully upholstered, including the fuzzy spare tire cover.
Cadillac’s 4.1 liter V8 with digital fuel injection has turned out to be a reliable dance partner in these cars. Smooth and torquey, with surprisingly good fuel economy, it moves this Eldo easily with a muted V8 hum from the tailpipe. The front-wheel-drive 4-speed automatic overdrive transaxle shifts so smoothly you may not even notice it and it’s an effortless highway cruiser. The all-independent suspension was tuned for luxury, and you’ll be thrilled by just how clean this car is underneath. Since 1976, Eldorados have offered 4-wheel-discs, which live behind those sparkly wire wheelcovers and 205/75/15 whitewalls.