5k: Ragtop Blues: 1987 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

The ninth generation of Cadillac’s Eldorado (1986-1991) was a downsized E-Body luxury cruiser that shared its front drive chassis with the Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.  The product planners at Cadillac decided that building a convertible version wasn’t worth the tooling costs, ironic considering that the Eldorado name was first applied to convertible version of the Series-62 sedan.  This didn’t stop a few wealthy buyers from forking over some cash to Richard Straman Coachworks to create the ragtop Eldorado we all deserve.  Find this 1987 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible here on eBay currently bidding for $5,211 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Hudson, FL.

If you wanted to drive a convertible Cadillac in the late 1980s, your only
factory option was the Allanté, which had Italian looks and a Northstar
V8, but no back seat.  A custom convertible Eldorado on the other hand, allowed you to eat your cake and store the remains in the back seat…sort of like a cannibals wedding.  

Like the Allanté, the Eldorado was powered by a V8 mated to the front wheels, specifically the HT-4100, a 4.1 liter V8 that was rated at a meager 130 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque (the Allanté had a different camshaft that boosted specs to 170 hp/235 ft-lbs).

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