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Flashback Fridays – 1978 Cadillac Eldorado

The 1970s was a decade remembered for its large cars with shiny chrome accents and luxury features. The Eldorado made Cadillac famous, especially in this era. Although it began as an exclusive convertible model, it grew into one of the most expensive automobiles on the road.


1978 Cadillac Eldorado Specifications

1978 Cadillac EldoradoThe 1978 Eldorado received few changes from previous years. It stood out with its cross-stretch grill fixture and heavy, horizontal bars. The pattern continued below the bumper divide. The padded, Elk Grain vinyl top was another improvement. The front bumper was famous for its sparkling chrome finish with auxiliary lamps. Under the hood, the Eldorado had a big 7-liter, V8 engine. Standard features were lengthy and included electronic level control, automatic climate control, power accessories, three-speed wipers, tinted glass, remote control mirror and many more luxuries.

A few years before, Cadillac introduced a Biarritz model. This was a step above the normal Eldorado. In 1978, options included a padded vinyl top, body chrome molding and a customized interior.


Thoughts on the 1978 Eldorado

The idea behind the Eldorado was to create a large vehicle that attracted fans of bigger cars. At the time, the market was huge for mighty cars of this stature. However, the industry eventually started to manufacture smaller designs. The 1978 Eldorado was the final year Cadillac kept the traditionally large size. In many ways, the size of the 1978 Eldorado was an icon of the 1970s. Sales were high and set records for a car that stayed true to its basic styling for over eight years.


The Legacy of the 1978 Cadillac Eldorado

Looking back at the car, some people believe the 1978 Eldorado was wasteful, especially with its poor fuel efficiency. Also, it provided a small interior and cargo space in respect to the car’s large size. With a “bigger is better” mentality, other Eldorado enthusiasts feel this car perfectly captures the true spirit of the American way.

The final Eldorado was produced by GM in 2001. It was the 50th model year and marked the end of an era. Although the car became smaller and more refined throughout the years, its legacy stems back to the original models with large body styles. The 1978 Eldorado was the best example of a big, personal luxury vehicle that captured a snapshot of time when being extravagant, daring and creative was a good thing, and a car could inspire the imagination.


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