Cadillac “Eldorado Convertible”, 1974
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac was a French army officer who founded the city of Detroit in 1701. About two centuries later, in 1902 William Murphy and Henry Leland founded their car company in Detroit, already known as the American capital of automobile industry, and named it after the noble founder of the city.
Cadillac cars soon drew some attention for their build quality and in 1909 the firm was taken over by the growing General Motors and it became, and still is, their high-end brand of the group.
The Eldorado surely was the Cadillac model that contributed most to maintain a high image of the firm in the later post-war period. Introduced in 1953 in the convertible version and known all over the world especially in this version, the Eldorado was later produced also in the coupe version and, for a short period of time, four-door sedan.
The car kept in the museum is a Mk 9 Eldorado, made from 1971 to 1978.
This series will keep the front wheel drive layout introduced with the previous generation, and will be the last one to use big-displacement engines, such as the 500 ci (8.2 liters) of our model.
In particolar the 1974 Model Year introduced a new grille, new bumpers and taillights and updated interiors.
It will also be the last Eldorado with fender skirts and front round headlights: the following year the rear wheel arches will be open and the front lamps will become rectangular.
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