Like Driving A Couch: 1967 Cadillac Eldorado

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While a lot of folks prefer the styling of it’s sibling the Toronado, I really love the early Eldorado coupes. This 1967 has been the beneficiary of some recent care after sitting for a number of years–think of it as being “previously barn found” rather than a barn find! It’s currently residing in Rapelje, Montana and is up for sale here on eBay, where bidding is under $2,000 as I write.

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The seller tells us that the paint and vinyl top were brand new within the past year, as are the tires. I decided it’s what I might do to the barn find that I uncovered, but it’s already been done for me. The seller’s friend came up with the line about the 340 horsepower couch, and the car is said to drive and shift smoothly, which makes sense as they have replaced the shocks and brakes on all four corners as well.

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With 429 cubic inches and 480 ft-lbs of torque, the Eldorado will move down the road pretty well even though this is a heavy car weighing just under 5,000 pounds . You can see that the air conditioning compressor looks new; it is. The system has been pressure-tested successfully, but still needs to be refilled with R12 refrigerant. Other issues include intermittent cruise control and clock operation and a power antenna that has been disconnected.

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While the leather is a little worn, it’s still largely intact and might benefit from some reconditioning and/or dyeing. I like the unusual turquoise color in and out; it reminds me of a period Hot Wheel that a friend had. Given the color and condition, as well as the work that went into making it roadworthy again, I’d love to know why the car is being sold. It’s sobering to think that this car listed for over $6,000 when it was introduced in late 1966, so there’s no telling what this one will go for.

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The seller added three gauges under the dash to better keep an eye on things. Most of the time I’m a fan of this sort of thing, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t try to integrate them better or hide them in this car. The Eldorado carries a certain kind of “in your face, but elegant” demeanor that really fits Cadillac in the 1960’s. After losing it’s way for a long time, Cadillac is starting to show that kind of attitude again, and if you look at their recent styling cues and then look at this Eldorado, it doesn’t take much to figure out where the inspiration came from. Are you interested in bringing some of that styling home with your own 340 horsepower couch?

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Comments

  1. Kevin

    Elvis presely had a bunch of these too

  2. randy

    Hands down my favorite Caddy.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      I’m with you, Randy! Most Cadillacs don’t speak to me the way this one does!

  3. Mr. TKD

    My grandfather had a ’72 Sedan de Ville in the same color combination. Quite unique.

  4. DENIS

    Very sleek body style-wonderful hwy cruiser..decent buy

  5. Mark S Member

    Very nice car I agree with the idea to freshen up the front seat, other than that keep on top of the maintenance and drive it. Nice find.

  6. Marty Member

    Great write up. I like lots of Cadillacs, but this one is near the top of the heap. This is a great body style that I agree somehow manages to look both tough, and sophisticated at the same time. I wouldn’t knock on the Toronado, but to my eyes at least, the Eldorado of this vintage is more attractive. I love the slab sided, knife edge styling design. This one looks good under the hood too. The next time I’m in the market for a classic car, remind me to buy one from Montana!

  7. William H

    Wow, talk about flashbacks. One of my high school buddies had one of these except in red with white interior. He was of the mind that it was a tank more than a car. He drove it to school every day and we went rabbit hunting in the fields on the weekends, taking turns sticking up through the sun roof. The first time we went I told him we’d be stuck within minutes but it never happened. Up and down hills, in between and over trees and over stuff that car had no business going over. Never once did we get it stuck to the point that someone had to pull us out. Last time I drove by his house, a few years ago, he still had it, it was parked down by his shed.

  8. PaulieB

    Hmmm the listing says that it has ended with no bids..

  9. Steve
  10. randy

    Sold for $8500.00

  11. Miguel

    I had two of these when I was a youngin’.

    I am still looking for my white one that was stolen from me in 1988.

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