In a way, you can call the 1968-70 Eldorado a modern classic and certainly a collectible. For 1968 came a new 472-cid V-8 with 35 more horses than the 429-cid engine it replaced and 45 more torque to reach a thumping 525 lbs/ft torque. It was designed mainly for easier emissions control in that first year of federal smog standards. Now it was possible to spin the front-driven wheels on smooth, dry surfaces. Cadillac proudly noted that most engine accessories bolted rigidly to the block, rather than being attached by brackets, and boasted about the new V-8’s two-million miles of testing. Washington also decreed new safety features for 1968. Eldorado complied with discreet round side-marker lights, thicker dash padding, and non-injury interior hardware. Left alone were the broad hidden headlamp eggcrate grille distinctive vee’d backlight (i.e., back window), knife-edge fenderlines, and small backward-sliding rear-quarter windows. Wipers, however, were newly concealed by extending the hood 4.5 inches toward the cowl. The Eldorado had the front parking lamps located on the leading edge of the fenders where they were mounted vertically. The design of the lens for the front cornering lamps (formerly vertically ribbed) was modified.
Spring rates were slightly lowered to give a more cushiony ride. Upholstery trims included diamond pattern cloth and vinyl; Deuville cloth with vinyl bolsters in four color choices and genuine leather options. Removed from the rear roof pillar, but not the hood and deck lid, were the familiar wreath and crest style Fleetwood emblems. Regular equipment on the luxury sports type car included all Fleetwood standards plus power rear quarter ventipanes; power front disc brakes; retractable headlamp covers; and Rosewood pattern dash panel appliques. Though base price jumped some $330, due mainly to the new safety and emissions gear, Eldorado production improved by nearly 37 percent for the model year, reaching over 24,000 units.
2-dr hardtop Coupe
V-8 Overhead valves. Cast iron block
Brake horsepower (SAE gross)
375 @ 4400 rpm
525 @ 3000 rpm
Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet model 4MV (Eldorado type)
Standard axle ratio
Automatic Climate Control
Bucket seats with console (with leather upholstery required)
Rear window defogger
Front disc brakes
One-piece front and rear floor mat
Soft Ray glass
Guide-Matic headlamp control
Power door locks
Rear quarter power ventipanes
AM/FM stereo radio
Reclining front seat with headrests
Power seats with lefthand Four-Way bucket
Power seats with Six-Way front
Rear center seat belt
Front seat warmer
Tilt & telescope steering wheel
Remote control trunk lock
Padded vinyl roof
Dealer introduction for 1968 Cadillacs and Eldorados took place September 21, 1967.
Fourth successive yearly sales record set this year despite 21 day UAW shutdown at Fisher Body Fleetwood plant in Detroit (November 1967)
Production was down 1.1 percent, due to same strike.
Four-wheel disc brakes with floating calipers optionally available.
All-new dash-board design.
Larger, shrouded rear view mirrors to eliminate wind buffeting.