Cadillac CTS Coupe — Modern Cadillac Eldorado?

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.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

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.

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

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.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

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.

2002 Cadillac Eldorado ETC

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.

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

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.

2 thoughts on “Cadillac CTS Coupe — Modern Cadillac Eldorado?

  1. Many Eldorado admirers share your enthusiasm. It would be great to see a special edition, true to some of the features of the distinctive Eldorado lineage. As mentioned previously in other topics, there should be “special colors” (both interior and exterior) as part of Cadillac’s special editions. An interior feature that would be especially well received would be a lighter color of Leather interior, particularly if it included a more plush leather (Tehama or Alacantara grades), in a contemporary interpretation–such as this “Designo” edition of the Mercedes CL550 Coupe:

    In recent model years, Mercedes-Benz has offered White Leather interiors as part of its “Designo” edition cars, optionally. Similarly, this would be a relatively easy to implement, profitable, type of option for GM, as part of a Special Edition CTS Coupe. I hope the CTS Coupe can recapture the special feel an Eldorado generated–primarily by its bold, distinctive styling. I believe the designers have provided a great foundation for “stirring the soul” of Eldorado enthusiasts. A special package such as you discuss would quench the deal!

  2. Good idea — custom leather interior for a CTS Coupe Eldorado Edition. I would like to see some functional performance added as well.

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