1968 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD ELDORADO 472ci - "BEAUTIFUL CAR FOR A SERIOUS COLLECTOR"

1968 Cadillac Eldorado --

Condition: Used
Make: Cadillac
Model: Eldorado
Type: Convertible
Trim: --
Year: 1968
Mileage: 56000
Color: Blue
Engine: 472 CID V8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: --
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Holiday, Florida, United States
Extras
--, Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Leather Seats
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Description for Cadillac Eldorado 1968

This listing is for a 1968 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD ELDORADO with the 472ci ENGINE -THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL CAR FOR A SERIOUS COLLECTOR
This Auction is for a 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Early 1st Generation Front Wheel Drive "E1" Eldorado with the 472 engine that generates 375 HP 525 ft. lbs of torque with an 11:1 compression ratio and the THM-425 integrated front wheel drive transmission.
This beautifully styled vehicle was produced in March of the 1968 Model Year and is production sequence No.14641 out of a total of 24,528 producted for the 68 model year. This vehicle model yearrepresents the 2nd year of the 4 year "E1" Fleetwood Eldorado design with the Front Wheel Drive configuration. Yes This ELDORADO HAS THE "FLEETWOOD" DESIGNATION.

The vehicle has a free & clear title and was repainted in Baroque Gold Metallic and has an authentic period correct Cadillac Large Grain Black Vinyl Top (not the cheap tuxedo vinyl fake vinyl top). The Original Period Correct TURBINE HUBCAPS are Pristine N.O.S.
This vehicle is an excellent example of the original Bill Mitchel "RAKISH" design as accentuated by the Extended 18ft 9 inch length. The true "E1" Fleetwood Eldorado enthusiast understands and appreciates this Rakish Stylizing and clean unobstructed contoured body.
The 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado is generally regarded as the "Best of the Best" model year among the 1st Generation "E1" Eldorados (1967-70). The Cadillac Eldorado enthusiast community concurs that the "68" has it all from the standpoint of styling as well as the highly regarded 472 engine which is the same casting design and only slightly less powerful than the massive 8.2 liter 500ci 1970 engine.
While the 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado represents the 1st year and will always have the status as the "first year car" (similar to the 63 corvette), it is generally agreed that the 68 is the preferred embodiment of the "E1 Eldorado. Location: Tarpon Springs Florida USA Tel : (001) 7273647523
1968 Fleetwood Eldorado HISTORICAL NARRATIVEThe 1967 Fleetwood Eldorado was a bold new step into the personal luxury car market by the luxury leader, Cadillac. A styling masterpiece that was imitated for years, it was the first production car to combine front wheel drive, automatic level control, and variable-ratio power steering. This new Cadillac had a sporty flair to it unheard of in conservative Cadillac circles.
Up front, a bold egg crate grille featured retractable headlamps that matched the grille texture by day, and folded down by night to reveal the Guide beams. Cadillac's handling of folding the grille covers down under the lights while the lights themselves remained stationary eliminated the momentary blinding of oncoming traffic as the headlamp assemblies rotated downward when turned on.
In profile, the Eldorado was a true masterpiece of restraint and elegance. Open flared front and rear wheel wells were not the typical Cadillac styling element, and the slotted wheel covers further emphasized that this was something different from General Motors' top of the line division. The rear ventipane windows slid horizontally back into the rear roof section when opened. The chrome-edged blade tail lamps in the rear not only displayed more than just a hint of Cadillac's trademark fin, they also had a very bold look to them that didn't resemble anything else on the road. From its aggressive front appearance to its angled rear fenders, the Eldorado was a bold styling departure for Cadillac that took some traditional Cadillac customers off guard at first.
William L. (Bill) Mitchell (C2 CORVETTE 1963-67 ) - The look of the new Eldorado was crafted under the supervision of William "Bill" L. Mitchell (1916-1988) who was also responsible for many of General Motors' all-time best designs, including the 1963 Buick Riviera, which is considered by most to be one of GM's landmark designs, along with the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette and the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado.
Engineering for the Eldorado originally began in the late fifties with an experiment in front wheel drive. Cadillac stylists began work on a project coded XP-727. Oldsmobile Division work had also begun on a front wheel drive personal car, and by mid-year 1963, the Oldsmobile and Cadillac folks combined their engineering efforts in project XP-784. A few months later, in September 1963, styling design work began on project XP-820, followed by another in December 1963, designation XP-825, which was ultimately approved for production in May of 1964, with a reduction in front and rear overhangs being the only major exterior change made prior to production. to the first original triple black Eldorado prototype came to fruition,.. the all black color combination was conservative in appearance to some, while it was considered rather sinister ad aggressive to others when combined with the hidden headlamp covers.While the new Eldorado took some time to catch on and become accepted by the traditional Cadillac masses, by 1968 they were selling very well, with many dealers reporting a low on hand count for most of the year. Even the middle class had to have an Eldorado, with several sometimes being found on the same block.
The 1967-1970 Eldorados are Certified Milestone Cars that are being collected by enthusiasts in ever-growing numbers today. Despite their size, these cars handle and perform well. 1967 models without the optional front disc brakes can be a bit unnerving in panic stops, but they became standard for 1968, and overall drivability seemed to improve with each year.Cadillac said the Fleetwood Eldorado was the world's finest personal luxury car, which is what most would expect from Cadillac, who could do no wrong back in the 1967-68 period. The Eldorado certainly did create quite the stir when it first appeared in showrooms, and is today resurrected in the start of a new modern youth movement !
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