Eldorado Cadillac Models & History 1966
1966 Cadillac Eldorado
Littlechange was evident for 1966, the final season for the rear-drive Eldorado. This was a record sales year for Cadillac, its fifth in a row, and 1966 Eldorado production was exceeded only by the 1955 total. And that’s as it should be, for a car with such a great heritage should end on a note of triumph.
But by now, Cadillac had decided it was again time for something truly new. It appeared the following year in the form of the first front-wheel-drive Eldorado, which would set a new standard for personal-luxury transportation. This car would only strengthen Cadillac’s dominance in the upper end of the market. In first-year sales alone it exceeded its predecessor’s combined total for the previous 10.
Nevertheless, this success wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the memorable Eldorados of the Fifties and early Sixties. With the best of everything Cadillac had to offer in those years, they left an indelible impression in the minds and hearts of owners and would-be owners everywhere, and you can’t ask much more than that.
Fleetwood type trim was seen again on the Eldorado. Equipment additions included white sidewall tires and a six-way power front bench seat. It was to be the last season that conventional engineering characterized this model.
|Model No.||Style No.||Body Type||Seat||Factory Price||Shipping Weight||Production Total|
|Type||V-8 Overhead valves|
|Block||Cast iron block|
|Bore and stroke||104.9mm x 101.6mm|
|Brake horsepower||340 hp @ 4600 rpm|
|Power||255 kW @ 4600 rpm|
|Bearings||Five main bearings|
|Valve Lifters||Hydraulic valve lifters|
|Carburetor||Rochester four-barrel type, model 7026030|
|Automatic level control standard where indicated in text|
|A new engine mounting system and patented quiet exhaust were used|
|Tires||9.00 x 15|