Cadillac  Eldorado Models & History 1969

Even though production volume eased slightly for 1969, the front-wheel-drive Eldorado continued to be offered as a single model: a six-passenger, two-door hardtop on a short wheelbase platform. There was a new fine texture cross-hatch grille which was separate from the headlights. The dual headlights were now part of the body design and were fully exposed and stationary. Standard equipment included power operated rear quarter vent windows. Chrome-edged “halo” vinyl roof covers replaced the full vinyl roof. There was a new “Control Center” dash, and more safety items: side-impact door beams, front-seat headrests, energy-absorbing steering column with anti-theft ignition, and more convenient inertia-reel seatbelts. Dealers introduced the 1969 model on September 26, 1968.

Model number Body/Style number Body type Seating Factory price Shipping weight Production
69-693 69347H 2-dr hardtop Coupe 6 pass. $6711 4550 lb 23,333


Engine type V-8 Overhead valves. Cast iron block
Displacement 472 cubic inches
Bore & stroke 4.30 x 4.06 inches
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Brake horsepower (SAE gross) 375 @ 4400 rpm
Torque 525 @ 3000 rpm
Main bearings five
Valve lifters Hydraulic
Carburetor Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet model 4MV (Eldorado type)
Transmission Turbo-Hydramatic
Standard axle ratio 3.07:1


Wheelbase 120 inches
Overall length 221 inches
Front tread 63 inches
Rear tread 63.5 inches
Tires 9.00 x 15-PR blackwalls


Automatic Climate Control $516
Bucket seats with console (with leather upholstery required) $184
Firemist paint $132
Cruise control $95
Rear window defogger $26
Door-edge guards $5
One-piece front and rear floor mat $20
Soft Ray glass $53
Guide-Matic headlamp control $51
Head restraints (mandatory after Jan. 1, 1969) $18
Leather upholstery $158
License frame(s) $6-13
Power door locks, includes electric seat back release $68
AM radio $162
AM/FM stereo radio $288
AM/FM radio $188
Power seats with lefthand Four-Way bucket $53
Power seats with Six-Way front $90
Front seat warmer $95
Shoulder belts $32
Tilt & telescope steering wheel $95
Trumpet horn $16
Remote control trunk lock $32
Twilight Sentinel $37
Padded vinyl roof $158
Whitewall tires, heavy-duty high mileage type $83 exchange




  • All cars used the 472 cubic inch, 375 horsepower V-8 with no other powerplants available.
  • Turbo-Hydramatic transmission was standard equipment throughout the line.
  • Controlled differential was $52.65 extra on all models except Eldorado.
  • Standard axle ratios: (Seventy-Five) 3.21:1; (Eldorado) 3.07:1; (all other models) 2.94:1.
  • Dealer introduction for 1969 Cadillacs and Eldorados was held September 26, 1968.
  • Production of the Eldorado body for 1969 was transferred from the Fleetwood plant in Detroit to the Fisher Body plant in Euclid, Ohio.
  • Cadillac enjoyed its fifth consecutive record sales year and built over 250,000 units for the first time in company history. (Calendar year figures).
  • Strikes again affected the 1969 model run and production of cars built to 1969 specifications peaked at 223,267 units, of which 199,934 were regular Cadillacs.
  • Total production fell 2.9 percent over the 1968 model run.