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.
2-dr hardtop Coupe
V-8 Overhead valves. Cast iron block
472 cubic inches
Bore & stroke
4.30 x 4.06 inches
Brake horsepower (SAE gross)
375 @ 4400 rpm
525 @ 3000 rpm
Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet model 4MV (Eldorado type)
Standard axle ratio
9.00 x 15-PR blackwalls
Automatic Climate Control
Bucket seats with console (with leather upholstery required)
Rear window defogger
One-piece front and rear floor mat
Soft Ray glass
Guide-Matic headlamp control
Head restraints (mandatory after Jan. 1, 1969)
Power door locks, includes electric seat back release
AM/FM stereo radio
Power seats with lefthand Four-Way bucket
Power seats with Six-Way front
Front seat warmer
Tilt & telescope steering wheel
Remote control trunk lock
Padded vinyl roof
Whitewall tires, heavy-duty high mileage type
POWER TRAIN OPTIONS
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.