10k: 2002 Cadillac Eldorado Special Edition

The Cadillac Eldorado was first built as a convertible halo car on the Series 62 platform in 1953, but became its own unique thing in 1967 when it was transferred to a front-drive platform and designated a personal luxury coupe where it survived until 2002.  The personal luxury coupe market segment is somewhat of a dying breed as OEMs focus on Nürburgring lap times and meaningless performance statistics like 0-60 and 1/4 mile when 99.99 percent of the owners of a new Cadillac will never drive on a track.  The eleventh generation Eldorado dates from the era when Cadillac made cars to be driven on the street and comfort was more important than 60 ft times.  Find this 2002 Cadillac Eldorado Special Edition offered for $11,500 buy-it-now or best offer on ebay, in Columbus, GA.

The truth is that most of the folks who bought a $45,000 (plus options) Eldorado in 2002 couldn’t tell you if it was front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or if a little wheel popped out of the right turn signal and hit the ground every time the goosed the go pedal.  The combination of 3800 curb weight, front drive on all-season radials, open diff and unbeatable traction control will make any attempt at aggressive driving remind you of that time you tried to ride a walrus at Sea World, but without the trip to the SDPD headquarters.

This example comes from the last year of production and is one of the final 1596 Eldorado Special Edition models to leave the production line in Michigan.  The special edition featured a sport tuned exhaust and a dash plaque and was limited to red or white in homage to the available colors of the first Eldorado convertible in 1953.  This one looks just about perfect inside and out — and it should be with only 28,500 miles on the odometer.

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