Green Giant: 1972 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – Sold?
September 22, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
August 21, 2021 Update – Just two days after we first featured this Green over white leather Cadillac Eldorado, the seller decided to lower their asking price by $1,000 to the revised price of $18,500.
Among 1971 through 1976, ninth-generation Cadillac Eldorados, we prefer the earlier, pre-safety bumper examples as they looked much tidier despite being a classic American land yacht. This jade green-over white 1972 example originally listed in August 2021 on Craigslist in the western suburbs of Chicago appears to be a nicely updated example now offered at $18,500 (down from the original ask of $19,500). Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their TR250 priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $14,300 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $31,400. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $16,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $26,800.
Cadillac introduced its redesigned ninth-generation Eldorado for the 1971 model year. The new car gained two inches in length, six inches in wheelbase, and featured standard fender skirts, all of which gave the car a much heavier appearance than the previous generation. The 500 cu in (8.2 L) V8 engine remained an Eldorado exclusive.
For 1971 Cadillac offered a convertible version of the Eldorado for the first time since 1966. Door glass remained frameless, and the hardtop rear quarter windows were deleted, replaced by a fixed “opera window” in the widened “C” pillar. A stand-up wreath and crest hood ornament were new this year.
Inside, there was a new curved instrument panel and redesigned seats. A fiber-optic “lamp monitor” system, which displayed the functionality of the headlamps, parking lamps, tail lamps, brake lights, and turn signals was mounted on each front fender and the shelf below the rear window. This 126.3-inch wheelbase version Eldorado would run through 1978, receiving major facelifts in 1973, 1974, and 1975. Sales in 1971 set a new record at 27,368. Changes were minimal for 1972 as sales rose to 40,074 that year.
The YouTube Channel Auto Moments provides a great overview of a similar 1972 Eldorado as well as a point-of-view of what it is like to drive these magnificent land yachts:
With presentable paint, a newer top, and a white leather interior, there is a lot to love about this classic front-wheel-drive, flat-floored, convertible land yacht.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1972 Eldorado Convertible. 500 cubic in. motor with 82,000 original miles. Front-wheel-drive. Newer top. Newer correct leather seats and carpet. Runs GREAT. New tune-up, oil change, and coolant. New rear air shocks. Some minor rust that’s to be expected in a 50-year-old car. Can be seen at the Hillside car show on Tuesday nights. I will post more pics of the motor, trunk, etc.“
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