Like other Caddies, Eldorado saw no major changes in its body this year, though the automatic transmission and cruise control were recalibrated to boost performance. Standard engine was the HT-4100 4.1-liter V-8 with its complex (yet reliable) fuel injection system; optional, a 5.7-liter diesel.
Prices began at $19,334 (suggested retail), which included plenty of standard equipment. The grille was similar to DeVille/Fleetwood, with Cadillac script at the driver’s side in the center row. Front fender tips held no lights, so the quad rectangular headlamps and horizontal-style parking/signal lamps had a recessed look. Cornering lamps were in horizontal housings back on the front fenders. Heather cloth upholstery with Rocaille cloth inserts came in four colors; or buyers could choose from ten leather choices. Options included a digital instrument cluster with readouts for fuel level, speed and fuel range (English or metric).
Eldorado’s convertible had been gone for some time, but the optional full cabriolet roof simulated a convertible top, with canvas-look fabric, roof bows and waited seams. It came in black, dark blue, dark briar brown, and white. Eldorados had a new optional premium sound system, as well as available aluminum wheels. Two special editions were offered again: the Touring Coupe and Biarritz. Touring Coupes had (no surprise) a touring suspension, large-diameter stabilizer bars, larger P225/70R15 steel-belted radial tires, and special cloisonne hood medallion. Only two body colors were available: Sonora Saddle Firemist (light brown) and Sable Black. Reclining saddle leather-faced front bucket seats offered lumbar and lateral support, and included a console. Eldorado’s Biarritz “dream machine” included a brushed stainless steel roof cap, wire wheel covers, opera lamps, and “Biarritz” script on the sail panels. Tufted pillow-style seats came in Sierra Grain leather in six colors; so did the steering wheel.
Basic Gas Engine
Optional Diesel Engine
90-degree, overhead-valve V-8. Iron/aluminum alloy block; cast iron head.
90-degree, overhead valve V-8. Cast iron block and head.