1971-1978 Fleetwood Eldorado
The seventh generation Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado, the second-generation front-wheel drive Eldorado, built from 1971 through 1978 was a big departure from the first. It was large! In fact, it was the largest production front-wheel drive car ever built to this date. The rounded lines made it look even larger than it was. The wheelbase was increased from 120 inches to 126 and the overall length was 221 inches. The first six years were powered by GM’s 500 cubic inch V-8, with the final two years using the new at-the-time Cadillac 425 V-8. The Eldorado was offered as a coupe or convertible from 1971 through 1976 and only as a coupe in 1977 and 1978. The very last 200 of the 1976 convertibles were called “Bi-Centennial”. The Eldorado was chosen as the official pace car for the 1973 Indianapolis 500. In the spring of 1976, Cadillac re-introduced the Biarritz name from the 1950s as a special trim package for the Eldorado coupe. To commemorate the last of the second generation Eldorados, Cadillac built about 2,200 Eldorado Custom Biarritz Classic coupes featuring a unique two-tone exterior and interior color combination of complimentary shades of brown accented with gold plated emblems.