The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 27
1965 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

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1965 Cadillac  Eldorado Convertible

CHASSIS NO: E5143921

• Rare as 1 of just 2,125 examples produced
• Cadillac’s style and image leader for 1965
• Updated and highly celebrated styling cues
• Well-equipped with options and power features

429 cid V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 340 HP at 4,600 RPM, three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with automatic leveling, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 133”

Throughout the last half of the 20th Century, Cadillac remained the undisputed leader of the American luxury-car market, despite several notable challenges from archrival Lincoln. For 1965, Cadillac offered completely restyled models, along three distinct series: the entry-level Calais on the 129.5-inch wheelbase chassis shared with the upmarket De Ville and the top-level Fleetwood Series comprising the Sixty Special Sedan, Eldorado Convertible, the Seventy-Five Sedan and Limousine and the extended-length Commercial Chassis. A key distinction among the new 1965 models was the elimination of Cadillac’s once-fashionable but now retrograde tailfins, replaced by smart, blade-type rear fenders, while bodylines assumed a much simpler and more modern theme.

The 1965 Cadillac models ushered in a new perimeter-type chassis frame, which replaced the old X-member frame design in use from 1957 to 1964. While unseen, this new design was a crucial development, with its forward placement of the engine yielding greatly improved passenger space and comfort. While of rigid, fully-boxed construction, the new Cadillac frames actually weighed 300 pounds less than the prior design and were carefully designed to reduce large-scale vibrations as the car passed over road bumps. Handling was also refined with suspension and steering updates, a widened front track and new-design tires. Describing the new 1965 design at their public introduction, Cadillac General Manager Harold Warner stated, “Our objective was a car that says Cadillac even if all divisional insignia is removed.” The overall result was both an unqualified success and a statement of pure, understated elegance “…laid out with an architect’s precision,” according to a Motor Trend evaluation.

While Cadillac posted record sales for 1965 based on total model-year production of 181,435 vehicles, the Eldorado Convertible from the top Fleetwood Series was a limited-production image leader with just 2,125 manufactured. This very well-preserved and well-presented example clearly continues to benefit from proper maintenance and storage and remains highly correct throughout, from the tidy engine bay, to the attractive interior compartment and convertible top and fully paneled and carpeted trunk. Choice features include an AM/FM radio with front and rear speakers, courtesy lights, dual-circuit power brakes, power steering, power-operated door locks and windows, and more. Attractive throughout, this 1965 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible marks an excellent opportunity for you to experience one of Cadillac’s best and most collectible models of the 1960s.

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