1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado

This was the finale for the rear-wheel drive Eldorado

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“Standard of the World” in motoring pleasure was the 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado. From 1965 until 1973 the Eldorado was a part of the Fleetwood series. The most distinguished name in motor cars was Cadillac. Every Fleetwood model was truly a masterpiece. The Fleetwood Eldorado convertible was open air motoring at its finest. The 1966 model year was the finale for the rear-wheel drive Eldorado. The Fleetwood Eldorado convertible offered luxury and elegance with a youthful flair.

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The visual beauty of the Fleetwood Eldorado was more than matched by its spirited performance. Its handling ease, smooth operation, and all around responsiveness were unsurpassed. The power came from the proven Cadillac 429 CID 16-valve OHV V8 engine. It used a Carter 4-bbl carburetor. The engine produced 340 hp @ 4,400 rpm with 606 Nm of peak torque @ 2,800 rpm. It was a swift convertible for nearly 5,000 pounds. It could go from 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds, 0-100 mph in 27.7 seconds, and had a top speed of 119 mph. It could do the ¼ mile @ 83 mph in 16.7 seconds.

 The engine was mated to GM’s Turbo Hydra-Matic THM 400 3-speed automatic transmission. The box perimeter frame construction allowed the engine to be placed in a more forward position by six inches allowing the transmission hump in the interior to be lower increasing legroom. The Fleetwood Eldorado rode on a 129.5” wheelbase. It was 80” wide with a luxury length of 224.” Automatic level control which kept the vehicle poised at all speeds was standard on all Fleetwood models.

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Standard comfort and convenience features included; power windows, power seats, power steering and brakes, leather interior with perforated seat cushions, fully automatic power folding fabric roof, and five whitewall tires. Bucket seats were optional at no extra cost for the Eldorado. Seven colors for the leather were available. The new walnut wood trim was resin impregnated to resist wear, moisture, and sun light. The 1966 Fleetwood Eldorado retailed for $6,631.

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The 1966 Fleetwood Eldorado was the last rear-wheel drive Eldorado. From its introduction in 1953, the Eldorado augmented the Cadillac model line-up perennially. The number of exclusive appointments and personal conveniences made the 1966 model the most luxurious of all time. Its generous proportions and spirited performance made this luxury grand tourer most attractive for the owner that demanded panache and savoir faire in an automobile. This is an affordable classic destined to appreciate favorably. Parts and service are still readily available. The 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado was also the “Standard of the World” in glamour and excitement.

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Will there ever be another “Cadillac of Cadillacs?”

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The 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado….the last rear-wheel drive Eldorado

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Special thanks to Matt Garrett/GM Classics for the photos

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