The fourth generation Chevrolet Caprice (which was the final generation of the wagon version) was also sold as the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, Buick Roadmaster, and Cadillac Fleetwood. There were various trim differences between the different stalls of the GM stable, but Cadillac did not get a wagon version. Somebody saw that as an insult to the brand that bares the name of the founder of Detroit (Antoine de la Mothe, sieur du Cadillac 1658-1730) and they fixed it with what can only be described as a pretty good example of a Fleetwagon (and way better than the Leepu & Pitbul Caprice of the Craprice from the other day). Find this 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon offered for $8700 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
Occasionally the internet delivers something good. Not always. Mostly it produces bad news and insufferable spam, but today I stumbled into the perfect car for a badge that wanted to use on Halloween. What’s a badge? It is the little icon you see next to DT posts that are created by DT’s logo guru Kaibeezy (read more about the DT badges here). Anyway, I’m posting this next car ONLY because it matches the classic DT 59 Cadillac Eureka Landau badge. Find this 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse offered for $8500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist.
It’s been a bit of a front-wheel-drive Cadillac party over here in the DT offices and…well…if you’ve got to collect the whole set, then you’ll need to get a 6th generation DeVille which was the first time the full sized DeVille sedan transitioned from rear to front drive. This transition did make some difference in performance, but not the way you might have expected — the front drive version lost 500 lbs of weight (give or take), 10 inches of wheelbase, and picked up rack-n-pinion steering. To say that it is a more driver centric car is the same as saying that skunk smells better than burning hair…it’s all in the nose of the beholder. Find this 1992 Cadillac DeVille offered for $3,500 in Tucson, AZ via craigslist.
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and explore why the DT inbox is currently flooded with examples of cheap classic Cadillacs, particularly the remarkable Eldorado personal luxury coupe. First, I made the statement that I felt like a geezer because I’m oddly attracted to a ’98 example the 12th generation Eldorado. Next, Jeff tipped us for a stunning example of the 8th generation ’67 Eldo, followed by Rock On’s submission of a ’90 Seville, and finally we found this eggplant ’85 Eldorado Biarritz from the 10th generation. Exhausting, yes? But at least we now know how we got to this 9th generation Eldorado Biarritz. Find this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $9,850 in Melborne Beach, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Tipper Rock On sent in a nice 11th generation Eldorado for $15k so that we could continue collecting our set of Eldos (’98 here, ’67 here) , but that is expensive and I wanted something closer to…I dunno…$3k. So I found a 10th generation Eldorado, which is only a few years older, but looks way ancient because of the non-painted/integrated bumpers and wire wheel covers. But, the price is right and the paint is a sweet shade of pan fried livermush or scrapple. I love it! Find this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $2,999 in Duluth, MN via craigslist.
What has changed in the past few years that makes me more interested in 1990s Cadillacs? Have I gotten old…or is it that the styling has aged nicely and most of the worst ones are in junkyards? I wouldn’t have looked at one twice a few years ago, and I’m enough of a snob to scoff at a front-wheel-drive luxo-boat with slushbox auto and an HT V8 (the Caddy HT V8 is no Northstar and the HT is generally considered by many to stand for Horrible Turd, but at least this one is PFI and the later 4.5 version of the HT was supposed to be much improved)…but now when I see an Eldorado, DeVille, Allante or Seville from the 90s I take a second look. This could be the symptom of early onset dementia or this could be a sign that these will become collectors items in the next few decades as people realize their charm . Find this 1990 Cadillac Seville STS offered for $4700 in Turlock, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
Car designers around the world — take note of this next car. This is how you design a car that has presence. Previously, the Eldorado was just a nicer version of the DeVille, but in 1967 that changed with the Bill Mitchell designed 8th generation Eldorado launched in 1967. It looks like the designers combined the style of a 1920s vintage Gillette safety razor with an alien spaceship and I love every violent angle of it. Find this 1967 Cadillac Eldorado offered for $12,950 in North Hollywood, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
The Cadillac Allanté was the end result of some serious white powder surfing from the guys at GM in the 80s. It started with a Pininfarina designed body assembled by Italians in Cambiano, Italy and then shipped airfreight to Detroit where the a domestic V8 was shoved up front. I can’t imagine what it cost to airfreight 21,000 Allante bodies from Italy to the Mantramck Assembly plant in Detroit (1986-1993), but they can’t have had much profit left to spend on rehab. Today’s example needs some TLC, but what Italian car from the 90s doesn’t? Find this 1991 Cadillac Allanté offered for $1,500 in Fort Myers, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
The Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman was sold from 1975-1976 as the ultimate expression of domestic opulence. It combined the long wheelbase girth of the Seventy-Five limousine with the package of the Fleetwood sedan all for an astonishing MSRP that could hit $17k in 1975 (when a Corvette cost $6,800). You don’t seem many around today, but if you’ve got the space for a 19.5 ft car (that is more than a foot longer than a second gen Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van), it does seem like something worth a second glance. Find this 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman offered for $18,500 in Tulsa, OK via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
Color me geezerfied, but I’m starting to think that I need a 12th (twelfth!) generation E-Body Cadillac Eldorado in my life. I’m even going to say that anyone looking for a late model Audi A5, BMW 6-series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe or Lexus Whatevertheycallthemnow Coupe should consider a used Eldorado for a few reasons. First, this car was designed in the pre-Nurburgring lap time times when comfort was more important than braking performance on a track. People who buy Corvettes don’t even take them to the track, so you think your SLS AMG is gonna see anything other than bumper-to-bumper traffic on Rodeo Drive…I don’t think so. Second, the Eldorado was the pinnacle of GM/Cadillac’s expertise in front-wheel-drive engineering and is equipped with legendary Northstar V8. And lastly, because this thing is devoid of the gimmicky infotainment systems that’ll be immediately out-dated by whatever neural-link cell-brain-computer Elon-Zucker-Gates mandates we wear 24-7 in a few years (it is for your own safety kids!!) gets put in the latest cars. This comes from a time when cars could be fixed (and still can) by any local mechanic or a good set of tools. Find this 1998 Cadillac Eldorado bidding for $3401 reserve-not-met located in Pompano Beach, FL with 3 days to go.