Cadillac Eldorado History 1997

Cadillac Eldorado Models & History 1997

The Eldorado series returned with the “base” coupe and Eldorado Touring Coupe (ETC), each powered by the Northstar V-8 and 4T80-E combination as in the previous year.

  • New standard features included
    • Magnasteer (already standard on the ETC).
    • hydraulic shocks with higher damping rate
    • new lower control arm design to better absorb cornering load.
    • one-inch larger front brake discs
    • trunk storage dividers
    • improved headliner and acoustic refinements
    • more user friendly climate control readouts.
  • All 1997 Eldos were manufactured with an analog gauge cluster, full center console and dual zone climate control as standard fare.
  • The Eldo coupe received a new personalization programmable package that included auto door locks exterior lighting, activation verification and battery storage
  • The ETC added road texture detection to aid anti-lock braking effectiveness.
  • StabiliTrak system to help the driver maintain control on slippery surfaces, and 11 additional driver information center (DC) messages, including: headlamps suggested, ice possible (outside temperature of 36 degrees or lower) and check fuel gauge.
  • The ETC also received a new personalization programmable package that included
    • choice of memory recall with remote keyless entry
    • key in ignition or memory switches
    • HVAC settings
    • radio preset settings
    • battery storage mode
    • perimeter lighting
    • activation verification
    • auto door lock
  • Also new to the ETC was a memory package that featured eight-way seat adjustments and exit, outside rearview mirror adjustments and lumbar support positions.
  • Eldos offered the OnStar communication system as optional equipment.


Series No. Body/Style No. Body Type Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
EL1 L57 2-dr. Coupe 37995 3843 18,102
ET1 T57 2-dr. Touring Coupe 41395 3876


Feature Eldorado Eldorado Touring Coupe
Engine 32-valve Northstar V8 90-degree, dual overhead cam
Construction Aluminum-alloy block with cast iron cylinder liners and cylinder heads
Manifold Composite intake manifold
Spark plugs Dual-platinum tipped
Displacement 4565cc (i.e., 4.6 liters) (279 cu. in.)
Bore & Stroke 3.66 x 3.31 in
Compression ratio 10.3 : 1
Brake Horsepower 275 @ 5600 rpm 300 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 300 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm 295 lb.-ft @ 4400 rpm
Valve train Direct acting hydraulic tappets
Fuel supply Sequential-port fuel injection
Coolant DEX-COOLTM long-life corrosion-inhibiting with “limp-home” engine coolant loss protection
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust system


Feature Eldorado Eldorado Touring Coupe
Wheelbase 2743 mm (108.0″)
Overall Length 5086 mm (200.2″)
Height 1362 mm (53.6″)
Width 1918 mm (75.5″)
Front Tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Rear Tread 1546 mm (60.9″)
Curb Weight 1708 kg (3765 lb.) 1724 kg (3801 lb.)
Luggage capacity 435 liters (15.3 cu. ft.)
Fuel tank capacity 76 liters (16.7 Imp. gal.) (20 US gal.)
Fuel Economy City/Hwy 13.8 l/100 km – 9 l/100 km (20.4/31.2 mpg-imp) (17/26 mpg US)
Basic Warranty, Months/Distance 48/80,000 km (50,000 miles)
0-96 kph (0-60 mph) 7.8 seconds 7.3 seconds
Top speed 180 kph (112 mph) 240 kph (150 mph)
Standard wheel 16″ x 7″ cast-aluminum
Optional wheel 16″ x 7″ chrome finish cast aluminum
Standard tires Michelin XW4 P225/60 SR16 all-season blackwall Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/60HR16 all-season blackwall
Optional tires Michelin XW4 P225/60SR16 all-season whitewall tires Goodyear Eagle GA P225/60ZR16 all-season performance


Feature Eldorado Eldorado Touring Coupe
Transmission 4T80-E electronically controlled four-speed automatic (includes viscous converter clutch)
Steering Power-assisted rack-and-Pinion, Magnasteer.
Front Suspension Independent MacPherson strut with coil springs. strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and MacPherson strut dampers Independent MacPherson strut with coil springs, strut-type shock absorbers and stabilizer bar and electronic continuously variable road sensing suspension.
Rear Suspension Fully independent. short/long arm and stabilizer bar w/automatic level control and electronic continuously variable rood sensing suspension Fully independent coil springs, short/long arm and stabilizer bar w/automatic level control and electronic continuously variable rood sensing suspension.
Brakes Power assisted front and rear disc w/Bosch anti-lock braking system.
Body Construction Integral body-frame
Fuel Tank 20.0 gals.


WA7 Memory/Personalization Pkg. $437.
WA8 Safety/Security Pkg. $502.
WA9 Sport int. Pkg. $1,223.
Elect. Compass $100.
Garage Door Opener $107.
Accent Striping (Eldo) $75.
Heated Front Seats $225.
Astroroof $1,550.
White Diamond Paint $500
Pearl Red Paint $500.
Bose Sound Syst. w/Cassette $723
Bose Sound Syst. w/Cassette & CD Changer $1,315
Bose Sound Syst. w/Digital Signal Processing $1,513.
P225/605R16 WSW Tires (Eldo) $76.
P225/607R16 BSW Tires Touring Coupe) $250.
Chrome wheels $1,195.