Seven Golden Facts that You Should Know about the Cadillac Eldorado
- The only one of its kind sold after the 1999 model year, the Cadillac Eldorado was considered as the longest running personal luxury vehicle line in the United States. Some of its competitors, including the Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado, and Lincoln Mark Series, only lasted through the 1998 model year.
- During the 1950s, the Eldorado was known as General Motor's leader when it comes to innovative design ideas. So, although this vehicle only represented .50 percent of Cadillac's total sales in 1953, other car manufacturers copied its designs because General Motors was the forerunner of the automobile industry that time.
- Want to know where the name Eldorado came from? In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cadillac, the company held an in-house competition for the naming of a proposed special show car in 1952. The secretary of Cadillac's Merchandising Department, Mary-Ann Marini, won the event for the name she gave-Eldorado-loosely translated to "the golden one".
- The Eldorado is recognized by many car owners and enthusiasts as one of Cadillac's top of the line vehicles during its early years. In fact, with a price tag of almost 7,000 USD, the 1953 Eldorado was dubbed as the most expensive Cadillac vehicle during that time.
- In 1956, total sales of the Eldorado line went up to 6,050, therefore contributing a total of 4 percent to the total number of Cadillacs sold that year. This success was owed to the two-door hardtop coupe variant of the Eldorado called the Seville, which sold a total of 2,150 units in its debut year.
- The most expensive model under the Eldorado line was the Brougham. With a jaw-dropping price of 13,074 USD, this vehicle was more expensive than the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and any other Eldorados built in 1957. What made this vehicle special were the quad headlights, unique design, automatic two-position power seats, cruise control, and carpeting that came in Karakul, Mouton, and lambskin versions.
- Although its production started a long time ago, the Cadillac Eldorado is still considered by many as one of the best cars in the industry. So, it's no surprise that this vehicle has made several appearances in various films and TV series. Some of its notable appearances were in The Dukes of Hazzard, Seinfeld, Grown Ups, Cars 2, and Miami Vice.