1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Coupe ( RHD)
|Engine||7.0 litre V8|
|Wheels||Steel with hubcaps|
Cadillac has represented the pinnacle of American luxury motoring for the past century and its products have often reflected the mood of the nation - witness, for example, the rise of the fins and other styling excesses in the booming 1950s and the more sober, restrained elegance of the early 1960s as the Cold War era began in earnest. Cadillac's first Eldorado was a 1952 Dream Car, entering production as a limited edition model the following year. The Eldorado became Cadillac's range-topping convertible before being joined by the Seville hardtop coupe derivative, with the open version thereafter badged the Biarritz. Succeeding generations saw the Eldorado grow in size and stature until in 1971 the seventh generation Eldorado arrived, retaining 1967’s radical front-drive platform but with a much longer 126.3-inch wheelbase and was substantially restyled. Offered in both coupe and convertible versions, the Eldorado was facelifted in 1973 and 1975, with the final open-air versions offered in 1976. That year saw few external changes apart from a revised grille, new tail lights and Opera windows in the padded vinyl 'half roof' on hardtop models. Inside the simulated wood dash had a new carved 'gunstock' pattern and power disc brakes were standard equipment. For 1977, the Eldorado received a new grille with a finer crosshatch pattern, new vertical tail-lights were relocated to the bumper-fender extensions, and revised 'Eldorado' badging. With the convertible now dropped, a new grille was the only major change for 1978. This was Cadillac's final full-size Eldorado, with the succeeding completely redesigned eighth generation 1979 model downsized, reflecting the changing attitudes of American motorists.