1984 Cadillac Eldorado ConvertibleSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: Ç11,000-15,000

Cadillac's are very much part of America's history and this particular model the Cadillac Eldorado Convertible is an iconic statement of this period. The Eldorado model was part of the Cadillac line from 1953 to 2002. It was also the longest running American luxury car.

The 1980s saw a much smaller displacement as a reaction to the fuel crisis of the late 1970s. When engine sized peaked in the 1970s with the mad front wheel drive 8,200 cc V8, Cadillac introduced a convertible version of Eldorado Biarritz with half that displacement of, at least by American standards, meagre 4.1 litre. It was 200 pounds heavier than its closed equivalent, but featured the same luxuriously appointed interior of other Biarritz versions. The model year of 1985 was the last year of factory made Eldorado convertible ever produced. Because of its limited edition (around 1000 total), the convertible models are now highly sought after by numerous collectors.

Of all Eldorados, this generation can claim to be the best suited to the market and the times.

This particular car is very special indeed as it used to be "Pistolen Paul's" personal transport for a number of years. Pistolen Paul was a very colourful Dutch character. Born in 1924 in Amsterdam, he was the uncrowned king of the Amsterdam underworld, mostly trading in weapons and nightclubs. He had the Cadillac imported from the US and embarked on some unique modifications - a lot of the chromework is gold plated, as is the radiator grille which is modelled to resemble a Rolls-Royce, complete with a golden Spirit of Ecstasy. Pistolen Paul was very concerned that this famous mascot got stolen and always asked the staff of his favourite lunch restaurant to keep an eye on the car. He argued that it would be much cheaper to have a Cadillac damaged by his enemies' bullets than a real Rolls-Royce! His other rather flamboyant mode of transport was Ford Granada Ghia with bullet-proof doors, the former car of Queen Beatrix' late husband, Prince Bernhard.

As can be expected of a car with such a colourful owner, it is appropriately finished in burgundy with a white leather interior.

Being described by the vendor as in very good condition and superbly running, this Cadillac surely can not be repeated.

Reference Number 5489

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible