1967 Cadillac Eldorado - $32,900
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For enthusiasts, the purity of the early design is still the most desirable.

Since 1953, the Eldorado was Cadillac’s flagship, a personal luxury car that had always epitomized style, luxury, and exclusivity. But after 15 years of building what was more or less a re-badged and upscale Series 62, it was time for a real change. For reasons that still aren’t altogether clear, GM decided to build enormous front-wheel-drive cars with equally gigantic V8 engines installed longitudinally, and that cutting-edge tech would go into the all-new 1967 Eldorado. A radical departure from everything they’d done before, it put all the mechanical hardware ahead of the firewall, making for a surprisingly spacious passenger compartment and a radically lower, sleeker look. The hood was still a mile long (they had even prototyped a V12 engine for the new Eldorado!) but the trim coupe bodywork was chiseled, lean, and muscular. If the 1963 Riviera was a game-changer for Buick, this was Cadillac’s opportunity to shine with an all-new design that broke all the molds.

For enthusiasts, the purity of the early design is still the most desirable. Angular sheetmetal that almost looks like it was folded like origami, the deeply Vee’d rear window, and hidden headlights all contribute to a look that was all about luxury and style in 1967. Chrome was trimmed back and full-wheel cutouts eschewed fender skirts in favor of showing off the hardware underneath. From any angle, the all-new Eldorado is just stunning. This particular Eldo is finished in its original code 48 Flamenco Red, and if you want to get noticed, this Eldorado is going to do it for you. Subject to a very expensive frame-on restoration that returned its western sheetmetal to as-new condition, it’s laser straight and jus brilliant. The deep, red finish is probably better than GM could have managed in 1967 and the bodywork underneath shows no waves or ripples and certainly no signs of botched bodywork. There’s simply a lot of time and effort invested here, and it pays off with one of the cleanest, straightest Eldorados we’ve ever seen. After a quick detail and polished, everyone in the shop was amazed by way it pops. The chrome is probably original and in excellent condition, again owing to a lifetime out west, and the condition of the white vinyl top should tell you all you need to know about the easy life this car has led. And yes, the folding headlights are fully operational.

The white leather interior is largely new, including seat covers, carpets, and door panels with the black and white combination being factory-correct. Thanks to the all-new front-wheel-drive system, the first thing you notice is the completely flat floor, which adds a remarkable amount of space inside and makes it a true 6-passenger vehicle in a pinch. The list of options on this particular Eldo is rather lengthy, including automatic climate control, power front windows, cruise control, interval wipers, a tilt/telescope steering column, a signal-seeking radio, and a power front bench seat. The instrument panel centers all the controls ahead of the driver, suggesting that GM intended this to be a driver’s car and includes basic gauges flanking a wide 120 MPH speedometer. It shows 59,876 miles, and we have no reason to believe that is not an accurate figure. The headliner is probably original but remains in fantastic condition for its age and the trunk is still massive, thanks to the spare tire being tucked up in its own cubby behind the back seat.

In 1967, the only engine available was Cadillac’s venerable 429 cubic inch V8, which, in its final year of production, was grunting out a rather impressive 375 horsepower and 525 pounds of torque. That kind of muscle makes the 4500-pound Eldorado feel almost sporting and those big front tires clawing for traction are aided by all that weight up front. Properly tuned, this one starts easily, idles smoothly, and pulls the bright red coupe around like a muscle car. It remains largely stock save for a dual exhaust system that sounds a little aggressive, and has been beautifully detailed in Cadillac Blue with factory-correct fittings throughout. There’s a new radiator up front, a freshly rebuilt carburetor under the stock air cleaner, and zero signs that this car was ever rusty or wrecked. The big cannister on the driver’s side is for the auto-leveling rear suspension, which has been disabled and replaced with standard air shocks, a common upgrade for a notoriously problematic system. You’ll also note a new brake master cylinder, a recent alternator, and factory-style hardware in all the critical areas. This restoration was not a corner-cutting exercise.

The TH425 3-speed automatic transmission that makes the Eldorado work so well is essentially a bulletproof TH400 turned sideways and installed against the engine block as it routes power forwards to an integral final drive system. The torque converter is still on the back of the engine where it belongs, and the crank is connected to the transmission by something even GM engineers called “the indestructible chain” that turns the power forward. With 2.73 gears in the final drive, the Eldorado is an impeccable highway cruiser that will eat up vast stretches of interstate at highly illegal speeds, that giant V8 just loafing along without ever seeming to work very hard. With everything packaged up front, there’s not much else going on underneath, but you’ll note that the frame is undamaged, the floors are original and completely solid, and the dual exhaust system is tucked up and out of the way. Massive drum brakes were all that was available in 1967, with custom wheels that were an integral part of keeping them cool. A beam axle on monoleaf springs with “kicker” shocks helps with the Eldo’s surprisingly agile feel, and a recent gas tank hangs out back. Fresh 235/75/15 Vogue radials are a nice touch with their distinctive gold stripe.

Documentation includes the original owner’s manual and maintenance booklet with Protect-O-Plate showing that it was sold new in Dodge City, Kansas and lived its life with Dr. B. Cunningham in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Make no mistake, these Eldorados are red hot right now, and it will pay to buy an excellent early example. If this car were black, it would be $10,000 more expensive, but even so, it’s one of the best we’ve seen. The flashy look, the sumptuous interior, the long list of options, and the great history all make it a fine choice for the enthusiast looking for something a little different. And once you dip into those endless reserves of torque and feel this massive coupe pulling itself forward with effortless ease, you’ll be hooked. Yeah, that’s what luxury was all about in 1967—having your cake and eating it too. Call today!

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Vehicle: 1967 Cadillac Eldorado
Price: $32,900
Stock Number: 117152
Mileage: 59,876
VIN: H7217365
Engine: 429 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 2.73
Wheelbase: 120 inches
Wheels: 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 235/75/15 whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Flamenco Red
Interior Color: White leather
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