After 12 Generations, The Eldorado Had Seen It All
The life and times of the Cadillac Eldorado were understandably golden. Perhaps the naming of this car bequeathed it really good tidings, helping to live for a whopping twelve uninterrupted generations.
It is understood that the nameplate Eldorado is derived from two Spanish words which could be translated to “the gilded (golden) one.” It is also referenced to a mythical South American city known as El Dorado or the “Lost City of Gold.”
From the very first generation of the Eldorado back in 1953, this car was headed to greatness. A story goes that the design was so outstanding and unique that a lot of marques ended up copying it in entirety.
It featured a frontal glass and a characteristic curving on the hood and general frontal panel. Convertibles were also available.
Eldorado folded in 2002 which was also its 50th model year. In celebration of this, a limited edition for that brought about slightly more than 1500 cars was announced.
They were characteristically unique as they wore either red or white colors. But these cars also looked back at the 50 years of production by imitating the exhaust system of their forerunners. They were also marked with a unique dash-mounted plaque that indicated each car’s sequence in production.
Vehicles such as the Eldorado leave us a legacy that we can talk about for a long time. They also give car enthusiasts several points to ponder in building a brand that can stand the test of time.