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Attention fans of personal luxury, your Cadillac Eldorado Coupe chariot has arrived

Jeff Glucker July 17, 2012 For Sale 32 Comments

You are a man or woman who enjoys the finer things in life. The clothes that you wear drape softly on top of your frame. Your alcohol cabinet is filled with crystal decanters that capture the color and essence of only the most quaffable of beverages. The cigars in your humidor smell of faraway lands where workers dream of the very life that you’re living. So it should be of no surprise to anyone that you desire a car showcasing your demand for a life of personal luxury.

We’ve found your car.

Right now there is an eBay auction for a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe. This Titanic two-door is finished in a light blue paint, which makes it a rarity among the already rare breed of which it belongs to. Above your head, you’ll find a T-Top roof that’s paired with a partner for your partner. These panels don’t need to be touched, because they’re electric and glide away to reveal the gleaming sun. This happens at the mere caress of a button. As gentle as that action is, it stands in stark contrast to the luxurious fury that idles under the always-in-the-distance hood. A 7.0-liter V8 engine is at your beck and call.

This is your ride.

This… is your destiny*.

*Asking price of your destiny is $23,750

[Source: eBay]

  • I have many leather bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. I must have this automobile.

  • We need more cars with t-tops and targa tops.

    What happened to then anyway…

    • Safety standards happened, I'd bet.

      • Porsche kept the Targa alive with the last gen 911, no?

      • sporty88au

        Just the opposite. Most manufacturers who built cars with Targa or T-tops, did so in the 1970's in response to expected regulations in regard to rollover protection, which threatened to outlaw convertibles. When those standards failed to materialize, 'proper' convertibles started to come back into fashion with the manufacturers. Limited funds for development combined with a relatively small market for these kinds of cars meant that most of them disappeared in the 80's and 90's, usually replaced by a full convertible equivalent.

        The only current ones that I can think of at the moment are the Lotus Exige and Elise (the Elise kind of counts in spite of its fabric cover). The current Porsche 911 Targa doesn't count, as it's more of an oversized sunroof, unlike the original.

  • Van_Sarockin

    So much magnificence. But that extra zero in the price tips the scale from lucky strike to fools gold.

  • SO, has there ever been a Public Luxury Coupe or Social Luxury Coupe? I think "luxury coupe" by itself would pretty much imply "personal."

    "Can I borrow your luxury coupe?"
    "Ooooh, I would, but…mine is personal."

  • 1) Not a '75 vert.
    2) Not triple white.
    3) No naked lady driving it.

    Three strikes, you're out.

    • No AM/FM/CB, no care.

    • OA5599

      Just curious, but why is #1 a '75 vert instead of a nearly-identical Bicentennial? Most people go after the more expensive "last convertible".

      BTW, mine's a '75, and for the right price, I'll Earl Scheib it white and hire a stripper to deliver it.

      • Actually, I was thinking the '75 was the last year for the vert — I think I confused it with the Corvette convertible.

        The reference is to a story I've shared previously. In reality, I have no idea if it was a '75 or '76. My attention was elsewhere:

    • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

      Though, I'd say not a '73 'vert.

      I'm partial to those the butt on that car.

  • Officer Farva

    Who needs a Camaro or Firebird with T-Tops when you can drive an Eldo with T-Tops?

  • Dat Class.

  • MVEilenstein

    Apparently my destiny is artificially inflated.

    What a gorgeous car.

  • Plecostomus

    This vehicle DEFINES the term LAND-YACHT.

    This is the car to buy when you want to show those fools in the '64 Impala who's REALLY the biggest.

  • pj134

    Oh boy…

    To think, I was coming out on the other side of my PLC addiction…

    Good thing it isn't a late 60's or I'd have gone back in the deep end.

    <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1960-1969/1967-Cadillac-Eldorado-4.jpg&quot; width=500>

  • dukeisduke

    There was a Toronado version with electric t-tops as well, the Toronado XSR, which was a 1 of 1.

    • Van_Sarockin

      And the wraparound rear window, with some wide stainless steel banding…

    • Mad_Hungarian

      Yeah, in fact this is the first I heard of an Eldorado version. The Toronado XSR was even listed in early '77 sales literature; it was pulled from production at the last minute. I recall reading somewhere that GM couldn't get the tops to seal properly. Wonder about these.

      • TurboBrick

        Did any of them seal properly? T-Tops hold the questionable record of most warranty issues generated by an optional feature.

  • sudden1

    I read the post. I re-read the post. That there is some serious prose. I was transported into the mind of an owner…( avoiding the destiny and "Titanic" reference. You know, one minute you're king of the world, and next, well, it could be worse; it could be raining. ) Seriously,what I got from this is that I think it has much more to do with an owner, than the car, beautiful that it is.

  • Panzerwagen

    My dad had a 1976 Eldorado convertible in the same color. It was either a mercedes SL, a 911 or this. "Its going to be a collector car". Bought it for my mom. She refused to drive it for six months. If she parked downhill, her 110 lb. frame struggled against gravity to close the massive door. If you floored it, the torque steer was so bad, it literally jumped into the next lane. This made drag racing the 501 cubic inch behemoth downright dangerous, so I heard…. (hey, I was 16 and had to work with what I had, so don't judge me!). Good memories.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Only 7.0 litres?

    How lame!!!

    Go back a few years, get the full 8.2 .

    Oh, yeah, baby…where's the next fuel station….

  • I think I need to own a land yacht before I die. Right now tough, my driveway is too short…