Eldorado Cadillac Models & History 1974
Anew grille for Fleetwood Eldorados had the opposite design change, compared with other Cadillacs. The egg crate look was gone and a finer crosshatched insert was used. It also had a wide, brushed aluminum top header bar, providing a neo-classical appearance. A Cadillac signature was engraved on the left side of the header. The rear fender line looked squarer and a bumper/taillight arrangement that telescoped on impact was used. A curved instrument panel was new, too. The equipment list included all DeVilles features plus
- L78 x 15/8 whitewall bias belted tires
- “coach” windows on the coupe
- the big 500 cubic inch V-8.
Expanded leather interiors were standard in what was now America’s only production luxury convertible.
|Model Name||Model No.||Body/ Style No.||Body Type||Seating||Factory price||Shipping weight||Production total|
|Fleetwood Eldorado||71-693||69367E||6 pass.||$7751||4690 lb||6800|
|Fleetwood Eldorado||71-693||69347H||6 pass.||$7383||4650 lb||20,568|
- At the beginning of the 1974 model year, the following factory retail prices were in effect for the 1974 front-wheel-drive Eldorados were $7,656 for the coupe and $7,873 for the convertible.
- A mid-year price increase resulted in the factory retails shown in the chart above.
- Mid-year price increases, although nothing new to the auto industry, became much more common after the early 1970s.
|Engine type||V-8 Overhead valves. Cast iron block|
|Displacement||500 cubic inches (8.2 L)|
|Bore & stroke||4.300 x 4.304 inches|
|Brake horsepower (SAE gross)||365 @ 4400 rpm|
|Torque||535 @ 3000 rpm|
|Carburetor||Rochester four-barrel Quadrajet model 4MV (Eldorado type)|
|Brougham||133 in||234 in||80 inches||L78 x 15/B white sidewall bias belted|
|Commercial chassis||157.5 in||–||L-78 x 15/B black sidewall bias belted|
|Seventy-Five||151.5 in||252 in|
|All others||130 in||231 in|