Sea of Blue: 1964 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – SOLD!

by | May 2022 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

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June 8, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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

1964 marked the final year for the sixth-generation Eldorado, and while the ‘65 was a spectacular machine in its own right, the car represented a clear turning point. Kicking off with the 1960 model year’s massively downsized tail fins, and cemented with the following year’s all-new line, Cadillac enjoyed a brief but brilliant stretch in which its gothic-colored mid-century modern designs led the world in elegance; find an extraneous line or bad angle on a ‘61 Bubble Top Caddy, or indeed anywhere on this ‘64 Eldorado convertible originally listed in May 2022 on Craigslist in Carlsbad (Los Angeles), California.

Currently advertised for $29,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is just about right for a convertible in what looks and sounds to be of a high driver level condition.   By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $23,550 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $36,525.

As was typical for American cars of the time, the sixth-gen Eldorado had a relatively brief two-year run. Introduced in ‘63 and gone by ‘65, the car shared quite a bit with its predecessor, including a 129.5” wheelbase, roughly 80” width, and near-19-foot length. Though the initial engine remained a 390ci V8 making 325 hp and 430 lb. ft. (gross), in reality, it was entirely new, severing links with Cadillac’s first and revolutionary OHV V8 331 of 1949, while also providing a base for the brand’s 429, 472, and legendary monster 500. Being a ‘64, this particular car should have the 429ci unit, good for a smooth, silent 340 hp and 480 lb. ft. of torque.

The CaddyDaddy YouTube Channel features this first chapter on their 1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible driver quality project from a few years ago:

We love this 1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible’s beautiful blue, one of several offered for the year. We’ve narrowed it down to either Firemist or Beacon Blue; bright, beachside sunlight might be the car’s natural environment, but it doesn’t make for the most “readable” photos. Blue on blue is a highly underrated combo, and the subject car’s gorgeous powder blue leather looks to be in fine shape. Though the seller sounds unsure of the car’s originality, hide, patterning and details look factory correct. That’s real wood in the enormous, open-air cabin, and the dash and door panel design is easily up to par with the exterior. Along with their less graceful sheet metal, 1965 Eldos marked the start of a distinct, decades-long slide in Cadillac interior design and materials quality; this is as good as it got, but man, was it good. About the only thing we’d wish for with this ‘64 would be De Villetrim, which featured largely identical lines apart from the addition of rear fender skirts, which really emphasized the car’s length and crisp sheet metal.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful old Cadillac that is ready to enjoy top-down cruises on the Coast this summer. This is a 1964 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. The Eldorado was the top-of-the-line model for 64 and much rarer than the more common Series 62s. The car runs and drives like new, one of the nicest driving Cadillacs that I have ever had. It starts right up, settles into a smooth idle, and is whisper quiet. It cruises effortlessly at 70 MPH down the freeway. It is very smooth. It shifts and stops like it did in 1964. Good Whitewall radial tires with the factory hubcaps. Like all of the Eldorados, of course, it came off of the lot new completely loaded with options. It has power steering, power brakes, power windows, power top, power seats, AC, AM/FM radio, etc. The power windows all work well and even the small front vent windows are power.

The paint and body have been restored and are very nice. This is NOT a $100k show car and it isn’t priced like one. It is a very nice-looking driver. The blue interior is excellent. The dark blue power convertible top is like new and the plastic rear window is very clear. The chrome is nice for a driver. The front bumper does have slight pitting but still looks good. The odometer shows 45,+++ miles but I have no idea if they are original miles. Clean, clear California title in hand. I am located in Carlsbad Village.”

Show or go: What would you do with this 1964 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible?  Please comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. Ernest Valtri

    How cool… a picture of the boat at the beach.

    Reply
  2. Steve Clinton

    Now THAT’S a Cadillac!

    Reply

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