1965 Cadillac Eldorado: Drop Top Boat

1965 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

While this Cadillac Eldorado is both rare and desirable, I’m not sure if I would want to buy this massive convertible. Having driven a ’66 Coupe DeVille just recently, I can attest to how smooth and impressive this era of Cadillac really are, but fixing up a barn find convertible that was stored with the top down can present some unique issues. Finding interior parts, especially the electrical components, can be tricky and expensive. This one was last registered in 2000 so we can assume it’s been off the road at least 15 years, which shouldn’t be an issue for these well built cars, but even the best built cars can be quickly destroyed by mice and moisture. The seller doesn’t provide much info about this Caddy, but claims it only has rust in the driver’s floor and the rear bumper. They also state that it comes with a brand new top that’s still in the box. I’ve always thought it would be fun to have one of these big drop tops, but this one could turn out to be a big headache. Of course, the cars are getting quite rare, so perhaps this one would be worth restoring! Find it here on eBay in Closter, New Jersey with a BIN of $9,995.


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  1. Ron E Bee

    great car

  2. Dave Wright

    These are wonderful cars………but never drove as well as the Chryslers (read torsion bars) of the same era. The front coil spring suspension could not be tamed on a bumpy road, I tried every shock and front end setting available to no avail. This is also the era with miles of wire and vacume hoses, that would be the worst part of restoring one of these. Otherwise……l liked them a lot.

  3. don

    one of my favorite years and it an eldo covert with a/c, rare to see in 60’s converts, but
    the asking price is a bit high, and not much info from seller, probably won’t sell in non running condition, shippers don’t like non running cars.

  4. Chris N

    Selling it by the pound… Love it!

  5. PaulG

    The “Stereo Reverberator” caught my eye!

  6. moosie Craig

    At least the “barn” looks dry, a bit too high on the price not knowing if it’ll run or not.

  7. Luke Fitzgerald

    Guy I know had one of these – much better than this one – bled him dry restoring it – a very special car with special requirements – this is going to owe someone big to look good again

  8. Mark E

    I know I’ve mentioned this on here before but it bears repeating: the automatic climate control box for early ’60s Cadillacs are unique to the year. They’re also prone to failure. Your best option is to rebuild them at a cost of around $1,000. Ask me how I know. 1964 Fleetwood. Jury rigged it so the AC came out in the defrosters or heat vents… -_-;

  9. Mike

    New top in a box, the only problem I would have with that statement is the fact that if the top in a box was stored in the same barn I would bet money that it is full of mice also. I bought a 73 Dodge Colt from an ole boy in 1995 that had sat in a shed out back of his house, he had bought a new headliner material for it and said he would throw it in, so we got the old Colt out of the shed, installed four used tires on it, loaded it up and took it home. I worked almost 6 months getting the car rewired, and had to have the seats redone, when I took the box of the headliner over to the guy doing my seats, we took it out of the chewed up box and found it had been a mouse house for a pretty good while, it was roached, I had never even thought to take it out of the truck and look at it until that day, even though I had moved it around out of the way checking the wiring in the truck area. But the guy doing the seats also did headliners so for an extra 100.00 buck he redid it to.
    I drove that car for a few years pasted it on to my youngest son, and he still drives it today, also most 20 years after I found the old Colt. We have redone the motor and it has had a few clutches in it, all of the kids learned to drive a 3 speed in this little old Colt. I have repainted it trying to keep it to the original Pearl White it was when new, and have had to replace the left front fender to it had a run in with a light pole by one of the boys, but other than that it sits with 250,000+ miles on it and runs like a Stud Horse!!! The only rule about the car is that the boys can not sell it, I still have it titled in my name and will want it back when and if they get tired of it. I am going to have to redo the front drive side bucket seat, it is starting to show some age to it.

  10. Mike

    My little Colt, picture taken about 6 years ago, after fender was replaced.

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