Eldorado Cadillac Moels & History 1982

While front-end appearance was similar to DeVille/Fleetwood, the personal-luxury Eldorado coupes were most noted for their side profile. That meant a somewhat stubby deck lid portion, upright rectangular quarter window, and bodyside molding that turned upward in a square corner just behind that quarter window. This year’s vertical-style grille contained three narrow horizontal bars. Bumpers held new black rub strips with white centers, while revised taillamps displayed Cadillac’s crest insignia. Eldo’s full cabriolet roof option, appearing during the model year, offered the look (almost) of a convertible top.

1982 Eldorado

Base powerplant was the new HT-4100 DFI V-8 with overdrive automatic transmission. Buick’s V-6 was also available. Eldos continued with four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes.

Dual Comfort 45/50 seats held three people, with six-way power adjustment for the driver. Heather cloth upholstery with Dundee cloth inserts came in five colors; leather in eight trim colors.

1982 Eldorado

An optional Touring suspension (introduced the year before) included P225/70R15 steel-belted radial tires, large-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, altered power steering that gave more feedback, stiffer front torsion bar and rear spring rates, and increased shock absorber valving.

Eldorado’s new Touring Coupe special-edition came with the touring suspension but added extra-wide blackmail tires on aluminum alloy wheels with exposed chrome lug nuts, reclining front bucket seats, a front console, cloisonne hood ornament, leather-wrapped steering wheel, plus red-over-black accent striping on a Sterling Silver metallic finish. Headlamp and taillamp bezels were body-colored. Wide ribbed rocker moldings were gray; wipers and window/windshield moldings black. Upholstery was gray leather, and a hood badge replaced the usual stand-up ornament.

1982 Eldorado

A Sable Black Touring Coupe arrived in mid-year, similar but wearing blacked-out reveal moldings and headlamp/taillamp bezels, black bumper rub strips, and aluminum wheels with center hubs.

Eldorado Biarritz carried a brushed stainless steel roof cap, wire wheel covers, opera lamps, and “Biarritz” script on the sail panels. Interiors used genuine leather in seating areas. in five colors, plus a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Tampico carpeting, and rear quarter reading lamps.


Model Series Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Eldorado 6E L57 2-dr Coupe – 6 P $18,551 / 18,716 3637 lb 52,018

Figures before the slash are for V-6 engine, which was actually a $165 credit option; after slash for standard gasoline V-8. Diesel V-8 was also available.


Feature Base Engine Optional #1 Optional #2
Type 90-degree, overhead valve V-8 90-degree, overhead-valve V-6 90-degree, overhead valve V-8
Block Aluminum block w/cast iron liners Cast iron block Cast iron block
Head cast iron head Cast iron head Cast iron head
Displacement 249 cu. in. (4.1 liters) 252 cu. in. (4.1 liters) 350 cu. in. (5.7 liters)
Bore & stroke 3.465 x 3.307 in. 3.9565 x 3.40 in. 4.057 x 3.345 in.
Compression ratio 8.5:1 8.0:1 21.6:1.
Brake horsepower 125 at 4200 R.P.M. 125 at 4000 R.P.M. 105 at 3200 R.P.M.
Torque 190 lbs.- ft. at 2000 R.P.M. 205 lbs.-ft. at 2000 R.P.M. 200 lbs.-ft. at 1600 R.P.M.
Main bearings Five Four Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic Hydraulic Hydraulic
Fuel supply Digital fuel injection 4-bbl. Fuel Injection
Manufacturer Cadillac HT-4100 Buick Oldsmobile
VIN Code 8 4 N


Wheelbase 114.0 in.
Overall length 204.5 in.
Height 54.3 in.
Width 71.5 in. max.
Front Tread 59.3 in.
Rear Tread 60.6 in.
Standard Tires P205/75R15 SBR wide WSW


Transmission Four-speed overdrive automatic (THM325-4L
Ratios (1st) 2.74:1; (2nd) 1.57:1; (3rd) 1.00:1; (4th) 0.667:1; (Rev) 2.07:1.
Standard final drive ratio 3.15:1 except diesel, 2.93:1
Steering recirculating ball; power assist
Front suspension torsion bar and link stabilizer bar
Rear suspension independent trailing arm, coil springs, electronic level control
Brakes four-wheel disc
Fuel tank 20.3 gal. exc. 22.8 w/diesel, 21.1 w/V-6


4.1 liter V-6 engine $165 credit
5.7 liter diesel V-8 engine $179-$351
Altitude emissions pkg. (diesel or 4.1 V-8 NC
Engine block heater: $26
100-amp alternator $48
FE2 touring suspension $109


Eldorado Biarritz $3335
Eldorado Cabriolet $398
Eldorado Touring Coupe $1950


Astroroof $1195
Electronic cruise control $175
Rear defogger w/heated outside mirrors $150-$198
Automatic door locks $145
Remote-locking fuel filler door $56
Garage door opener $140
Illuminated entry system $76
Digital instrument cluster: $229
Dual Comfort front seats w/six-way power passenger seat adjuster $413
Memory driver’s seat $180
Six-way power passenger seat: $197
Power passenger seat recliner w/six-way power seat: $347
Leather-trimmed steering wheel rim $95
Tilt/telescope steering wheel $169
Theft deterrent system $179
Guidematic headlamp control $93
Opera lamps $85
Trumpet horn $35
Electric remote-control outside mirrors $98
Twin lighted vanity mirrors $136
Electronic-tuning seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with 8-track tape player $225
Electronic-tuning seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with 8-track and CB $515
Electronic-tuning seek/scan AM/FM stereo radio with cassette and symphony sound system $290
Triband antenna $45
Two-tone paint: $335
Partial firemist paint $450
Firemist paint $229
Bodyside molding $61
Door edge guards $18-$27
License frame $13
Leather seating area $498-$680
Carpeted front rubber floor mats $41-$43
Carpeted rear rubber floor mats $24
Trunk mat $20
Aluminum wheels: $429
Wire wheel covers $298-$375
Puncture-sealing tires $130-$175