From 1953 through 2002 the Cadillac Eldorado was the premier 2-door Cadillac. A 2-Door 4-passenger luxury car is truly a personal luxury car and strikes an additional chord with some Owners. Some like the more sporty styling of a 2-door automobile, a Coupe. It also suggests that although a full size luxury car, the automobile is only used for the Driver & Passenger most times — so only 2 doors are needed.
What some don’t realize is that these Cadillacs had it going on under the hood — power and speed.
Eldorado. El Dorado: A fabled City filled with Gold. Literally, the Gilded (place). The 1953 Cadillac Eldorado was the ultimate luxury and performance car of its day.
Long, low, with a tail fin that rose majestically behind, like the exhaust of a jet plane or a rocket. The Eldorado line continued to exude personal luxury.
An 8.1L engine, a convertible top, and a football field worth of hood line. The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado made a statement; had a presence.
In 2002 Cadillac completed production of the Eldorado. With the Cadillac CTS on the way for 2003 the line moved to rear-wheel drive, and continued the transition to 3-letter names begun in the 90s.
The XLR appeared in 2004 but like the Allante as a 2-seater was really a different car and a different spirit from the Eldorado line.
And now, enter the Cadillac CTS Coupe — the modern, elegant, efficient inheritor of the Eldorado lineage.
I would like to see a Cadillac CTS Coupe Eldorado Edition — perhaps as a Dealer installed option — with specific performance and styling touches & appropriate emblems.