Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #54

I'm going with a particular era for today, because, really, they're all good.

Early 1970s Cadillac El Dorados. Anything from '71 through '76 (last year of the convertibles). Maybe it was the ginormous 500 cubic inch motor. Maybe it was the front wheel drive - so, basically, the entire rear 3/4 of the car was dead weight to the giant engine and front wheels.

No matter how you look at it, the early '70s El Dorado was a definitive piece of American motor.

I will admit to a bit of prejudice here. In my youth, a friend's brother was selling a '74 El Dorado convertible that I was itchin' to buy. Oh, sure, the roof was more duct tape than canvas, and the frame had some rot, and the motor was losing compression, but it was a '74 Cadillac El Dorado, man. Same kind like Boss Hogg had!

When the engine threw a thick cloud of blue smoke, shuddered, and then died before we could even do the test drive, I had to pass on it - and I thought long and hard...

That is all.


libertyman said...

Ahhh yes, "Car 54 Where are you?" I thought as I saw your post.

We went for ice cream in my friend's 76 El Dorado convertible on a summer's evening. A memorable ride. A huge car. then as now, it rode like a bowl of Jello. Nice company and pleasant memories.

He still has it, though now in NC.

Good post today Jay.

Jim said...

That same drivetrain powered the GM Motorhomes of the early to mid '70s.

A restored GMC Motorhome is no small change, and there's even companies out there that modernize 'em with slide-outs and other modernizations.

They're kind of small by today's standards, but back then, they were Kirk's Enterprise to all the Winnebago Boxes-on-wheels.

Shag rug and avocado appliances on wheels, bay bee!

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Evyl Robot Michael said...

When I was sixteen there was a '76 in a local lot that I had a bad kind of want for. That never panned out, and I'm probably better for it if I'm honest with myself.