Resting Ragtop: 1975 Cadillac Eldorado

This resting ragtop 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible has been sitting for years, according to the seller, but it runs and drives and the top works. It’s a big car so you’d better have a big garage to work on it but once you’re done, look out world! And, gas stations… This one can be found here on eBay in Stockbridge, Georgia with a current bid price of $4,050 and no reserve so it’s going to a new home just over a day from now.

This car was most definitely made before the pedestrian-crash-friendly regulations. You do not want to nail someone in this car, or worse yet, to be the person who sees this massive grille coming at them. The hood is so long on these cars that it’s impossible to see the road ahead of you for probably several feet in front of the car. I used to park Eldorados of this era at a job after high school in an indoor parking garage in a medical building. If you can learn how to wield one of these cars around tight curves in a parking garage, and how to back one of these ships into a parking spot, you’re set for life. I still back into parking spots to this day, 40 years later.

The Eldorado name was used by GM’s Cadillac division for decades, since starting production in 1952 for the 1953 model year, for another incredible five decades until the 50th year of production and the 2002 Eldorado. Most of us know the Cadillac Eldorado as the two-door front-drive car seen here, which began for the 1967 model year. The 1975 Eldorados had a new egg-crate grille and square headlights, and also the rear wheel openings were open and came without fender skirts. As a general reference, Hagerty is at $8,000 for a #4 fair condition 1975 Eldorado convertible.

The seller says that this car has been sitting for several years but everything works and it runs and drives and is used for weekend drives. The interior appears to be filled with trim from both inside the car and out and some of the “wood” on the passenger door looks to be missing? There are no engine photos, unfortunately, but it should have Cadillac’s monster 500 cubic-inch V8 with around 200 hp. Would you restore this Eldorado or just get everything working perfectly and drive it on nice days the way it looks now?

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Comments

  1. Howard A Member

    Boss Hogg? Where’s the bull horns?

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  2. normadesmond

    Tassles!
    -rolls eyes-

  3. Vin_in_NJ

    Mexican dingle balls around the windshield, fuzzy steering wheel cover and oversize hood cover. Pimp My Ride!

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  4. Vonadrian Cobbs

    I love this car!!!

  5. Jim in FL Member

    “Normal Rust”.
    Hmmmmm….

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  6. John Oliveri

    Be very wary if your planning to bring this car back to any resemblance of its original luster, you can buy a perfect one for 20,25,000, if this has rust, wrong interior, front end and a transmission situation you are dead, friend of mine has one wants to give it to me,

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  7. Bob Mck Member

    Just bought a near perfect one with 14K miles for 20K. This one needs a ton of very expensive work. Buyer be careful. There are a lot of much nicer ones for this price.

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    • JimZ Member

      Bob-
      I bought a ’73 Eldo Convertible featured here, and although it came out nice, took much more work to get it where I needed it to be for the next owner. Stuck valves required valve job, lifters, push rods; Rusted brakes required major rejuvination front/rear; Mushy rocker panels needed cutting out and repair; Flat-spotted tires had to be replaced. Fuel tank boiled out. Carb rebuilt, new fuel pump. Upgraded to HEI ignition. Etc, etc.
      Love this old big iron, they were new when I was starting out. See my big smile in the pic. It’s easy to fall in love with their looks, but what you don’t see will cost yah!
      BTW, new owner is local to me, so I still get to see it around!

  8. Angel Cadillac Diva

    @ John Oliveri

    If you don’t want, I’ll take it! HT or conv?
    Twenty years ago I had one of these, baby blue w/matching interior, white conv. top.
    Love these!!!

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    • John Oliveri

      When I see him I’ll see if he still has it, I’m sure he’s gonna want something for it from someone he doesn’t know, the car is blue w a white interior black convertible top, hasn’t run in yrs

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