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Since 2003, the Cadillac CTS coupe has been consistently successful, becoming a game changer for Cadillac and a franchise player. For 2010 Cadillac plans to bring out a coupe version of the CTS. The current CTS is a sedan, or 4-door sports/luxury car. The new CTS Coupe will be a 2-door version. Cadillac also makes the luxury roadster XLR, but it is also a 2-seat vehicle. The CTS Coupe will be a 2-door 4-seat model, perfect for those of us who need the convenience of having 4 seats available for occasional need. The last full size coupe Cadillac offered was the 2003 Cadillac Eldorado.
Here was the first sketches of what was planned for the 2010 CTS Coupe:
The low roofline got moved up a bit, and some of the angles got smoothed out. But the purpose of design sketches is to be TOO much, so that they leave the impression of the innovations in the sketch.
Where did we come from?
In 1953 the Series 62 was the mainstay of the Cadillac line. Cadillac introduced a new, limited edition luxury convertible at the top of the line — the Eldorado Special. 532 examples were sold in 1953 at a cost of $7,750 at a time when the starting price for a 2-door Series 62 Coupe was $3,571. The Eldorado was the Cadillac of the Cadillac line.
By 1973 the now Fleetwood ElDorado was still a convertible, and still top of the line. The price was almost the same as 20 years earlier, at $7,681 but the Eldorado was very much a production Cadillac and not the largely hand built custom limited Eldorado of 1953.
In 2003 Cadillac made the last Cadillac Eldorado, and retired all the meaningful names for more euro-centric letter designations. The Seville became the STS, the Deville the DTS, and the new C-class Touring Sedan became the CTS.
Which brings us back to the new 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe. Many former Eldorado owners who enjoy 2-door full size Cadillacs are looking forward eagerly to this new car. It has also been well received in the press.
Cadillac has also rumored that it would be a natural and easy edition to release a V-Series variant of the new CTS Coupe. The means that it may be available with a 556 hp Supercharged 6.2L LSA engine, enhanced performance suspension, and performance brake package as well.
For up to date spy photos on the new CTS couple please check Left Lane News.
Brooks Bierly at Autoweek has a nice perspective piece on the 1954 Cadillac Eldorado. The Eldorado was introduced in 1953 as a premium, top-of-the-line convertible coupe, similar to the Cadillac XLR-V today. In 1954 it had a new longer wheel-base, wrap-around windshield and custom wire wheels.
The Standard Catalog of Cadillac notes that the Eldorado featured golden identifying crests centered directly behind the air-slot fenderbreaks, and wide fluted beauty panels to decorate the lower rear body sides. These panels were made of extruded aluminum. There were monogram plates on the doors, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters, similar to the touches added to the redesigned Cadillac CTS in 2008.
Automatic windshield washers, power steering, a 12-volt electrical system, and aluminum alloy pistons made the long standard equipment list in 1954.
Another one-off creation also appeared in 1954 — an exclusive, one-off Sedan DeVille!
Thanks to Autoweek and owner Bill Parfet for this beautiful living history!