Yes, that’s right, another Cadillac post. You know the drill! I am nothing if not predictable. So let’s check out this week’s Klockau Lust Object. The 1967 Eldorado, though made possible through the production of the remarkable 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado, was a sharp car-literally and figuratively.
I first became aware of these via ads in old National Geographics back in middle school. Though the cars were only about twenty years old then, they blew my mind. Nothing like the Mini Me Eldorados then in production (circa 1987-89). Slightly later on I was given some old “Spectraflame” Hot Wheels my Uncle Dave had as a kid. One of those was a deep blue Custom Eldorado – which I still have.
And I love sheer, bold color. Reds, blues, greens, golds. None of that fleet white, silver silvermist for me, if I can help it.
So you can imagine my lust when I spied this red and white ’68 on the electronic bay. It is resplendent in San Mateo Red, one of my favorite late ’60s/early ’70s Cadillac colors.
1968 Eldorados were much the same as the all-new front wheel drive 1967 version. Newly mandated side marker lights moved the front signal/park lamps into the front fender blades, while the rear quarter markers were disguised as a Cadillac wreath and crest.
But the biggest change was under the hood, where an all new 375-horse 472 CID V8 lurked. Even better, it produced a most impressive 525 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy? If you had to ask, the Eldorado may not have been for you…
This ’68 has the appearance of a nice driver, at least in the pictures. At first blush it’s like a flossy show girl, especially in that amazing color combination. But look closer and she’s got a little wear and tear, bumps and bruises.
And yet, I don’t care. That most excellent color scheme forgives all! Currently it’s bid up to $15,200 and has about a day left to go.
And in case you’re wondering about the title, I’ve been listening to my Wildflowers CD the last couple of weeks in the Town Car. Ha!