Go Topless: 1974 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

front right

This is the sort of sled you’d see parked at dusty honky tonks around west Texas and New Mexico. Often, there would be a set of horns mounted on the hood and beer cans rattling around on the floor. These were “going to town” cars. Just imagine yourself at the helm of this land yacht! It’s on craigslist in Aberdeen, Massachusetts. It’s not a barn find, but it is a survivor. It’s a big V8, 425 or 500CID front wheel drive barge. The AC doesn’t work, the driver’s side back window doesn’t wind down and it doesn’t stay anchored sometimes in park, but it’s a grand old driver. This Caddy seems to be mostly complete except for hubcaps and the top works and doesn’t leak.


The interior is really red and looks to be in decent shape. It looks like a comfy fun place to spend in the sun at speed, perhaps cruising to Las Vegas.


There don’t appear to be any cracks in the dash but that steering wheel cover would have to go. The leather seats could use cleaning and conditioning, but they do look comfortable.

right rear

It would have been nice to have a picture of the engine. This picture of the rear makes this old convertible look nice. That new paint might be hiding lots of bondo, rust and bad body work, but one can only be hopeful. It might actually be a nice car. This Caddy is a good example of why you shouldn’t buy a car online, sight unseen. What do you think you’d find if you were to have a close look at this drop top? What would you do with it besides lose the bumper guards and fix the glitches?


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  1. Dan h

    Can’t beat 70’s Caddi’s & Lincoln’s for comfort!!

  2. Jeff

    Maryland not Massachusetts

  3. packrat

    Will always remind me of Sorrell Brooke playing Boss Hogg…

  4. Jay Harris

    I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale . Around the time this car was built my mom arrived home one day and announced Joe Namath was eating lunch at Wolfies on Sunrise Boulevard. My buddy and I hopped on our bikes and tore down to Wolfies to see Joe. When we got there the hostess said to leave him alone but Joe said no problem. He was really great to us and offered to give us a ride home. How could we refuse? So off we went the few blocks home in his Cadillac Eldorado which was exactly the same as this one. He said he got it after the Jets won the Super Bowl the one where he guaranteed to win sitting next to the pool in Miami Beach. After he dropped us off we hauled ass back to Wolfies to get our bikes before they got ripped-off. Lifelong Dolphin fan who always liked Joe Namath and white Eldorados.

    • Jakob Shay

      What a great memory!! How fun!!

  5. Blindmarc

    it’s a 472 not a 425. I owned a 71 in the late 70’s when I was 18. Blue, white padded top and white interior. Bought myself and was the nicest luxury car at my apartment complex, where I worked. ZZ Tops “Nation Wide” needs to be blasting from the 8 track…..

  6. JW

    Reminds me of the one the 2 guys rode in that got the Bandit to make the run in Smokey & the Bandit.

  7. rmward194 Member

    The first car I ever got behind the wheel of was a 1975 Eldorado convertible. We had two Eldos at the time a ’71 coupe and and ’75 convertible. I could barely back it out of the driveway and that was with the top down. I still love these cars and wish I had the room to have one today.

    For having new paint the body looks pretty wavy on this one. This isn’t one to buy without seeing it first.

  8. George

    The Eldorado had a 500 CI engine. The rest of the Cadillac line in 1974 had the 472. The 425 was 77 and 78.

  9. jaymes

    whys it have a Virginia inspection sticker

  10. Jeffrey Duddles

    “No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it off to forced conscious expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”

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    • lrry

      Fear and loathing in GM Products…………………

  11. Roadstir

    Why would someone restore a barn find yet be unable to fix window and AC in this car? Not to memtion clean the hides.

    I am just curious on the point.


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