The Cadillac Eldorado was transformed into a new 'Personal Luxury' automobile in 1976 and shared the Oldsmobile Toronado's United Power Plant Package and front-wheel-drive setup. Its redesigned exterior was very crip and distinct that gave the brand a modern and competitive edge in the luxury marketplace. It was described as a 'sports-styled' automobile, was shorter and lower than even the smallest Cadillacs, had dual exhausts but a single outlet muffler and tailpipe arrangement. It was the only model in the Cadillac lineup to offer the front disc brake option. For 1958, disc brakes became standard along with new safety features.
Cadillac had its best sales year in 1968 due to such a high demand for the Eldorado. The 472 cubic-inch V8 engine had Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetion and delivered 525 pound-feet of torque and 375 horsepower. It had cast crankshaft and connecting rods, a 15-plate battery, and an integral water crossover pipe with thermostatic passages. The spring rates of the suspension were lowered slightly to improve the ride, the integral air conditioning system was still optional, and an air injector reactor and closed positive crankcase ventilation as standard.
Styling updates to the 1968 Cadillac Eldorado included vertical front parking lamps located on the leading edge of the fenders. The hood was lengthed by 4.5-inches to accommodate recessed windshield wipers. In the back, small round safety lamps were affixed to the fenders.
Standard equipment included power rear quarter ventipanes, retractable headlamp covers, Rosewood pattern dash panel appliques, and the wreath and crest-style Fleetwood emblems located on the hood and deck lid. The interior upholstery options included Deauville cloth with vinyl bolsters in four color choices, genuine leather options, and diamond pattern cloth and vinyl.
The 1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado hardtop coupe had a factory base price of $6,600 and 24,528 examples were sold.
by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2020
1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado
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|1973||Chevrolet (2,579,509)||Ford (2,349,815)||Fiat (1,390,251)||304,839|
|1972||Chevrolet (2,420,564)||Ford (2,246,563)||Fiat (1,390,251)||267,787|
|1971||Ford (2,054,351)||Chevrolet (1,830,319)||Volkswagen (1,128,784)||188,537|
|1970||Ford (2,096,184)||Chevrolet (1,451,305)||Volkswagen (1,193,853)||238,744|
|1969||Chevrolet (2,092,947)||Ford (1,826,777)||Volkswagen (1,241,580)||223,237|
|1968||Chevrolet (2,139,290)||Ford (1,753,334)||Volkswagen (1,191,854)||230,003|
|1967||Chevrolet (2,206,639)||Ford (1,730,224)||Toyota (1,068,321)||200,000|
|1966||Ford (2,212,415)||Chevrolet (2,206,639)||Volkswagen (1,168,146)||196,685|
|1965||Chevrolet (2,375,118)||Volkswagen (1,174,687)||Toyota (1,068,321)||182,435|
|1964||Chevrolet (2,318,619)||Ford (1,594,053)||Toyota (1,068,321)||165,909|
|1963||Chevrolet (2,237,201)||Ford (1,525,404)||Fiat (957,941)||163,174|