It seems that the classic General Motors Cadillac never actually went away, since its launch as the ultimate luxury prize among suburbanites and aspiring retirees eons ago. Older gearheads recall it as an auspicious nostalgic icon, while subsequent generations have found new ways to reinvent its appeal. In particular, the venerable Eldorado has found new life in a soft-drink ad reboot, while others have modded these massive automobiles into eye-catching hybrids of traditional and modern. Such is the case of this Eldorado decked out as one honking, unrepentant gangster-mobile that surfaced recently on eBay.
Modded Eldorado A Functional Show CareBay
Since 1953, the Eldorado has gone through at least 12 generations of changes, much of them measurable by the presence of tail fins. This one’s a sixth-generation Caddie that’s radical in that its grille got expanded, while the tailfins are now smaller than on many of its predecessors. That this 1974 rendition sports less exaggerated features than what decked out other generations probably compelled the owner to pimp this baby up.
With the modifications, this classifies it as a show car, and it’s appeared at many of those functions in the three years the previous owner had this Eldorado. But he also used it extensively for private use, including errands that involved a 180-mile round trip out of state, even though it has only 36,000 miles on the odometer.
Superfly Headlights Bring Out The GrilleeBay
As for what the owner calls the Eldorado Moloney Superfly, here’s a brief rundown of its modifications. The most visible alterations are the giant, doe-eyed Custom Superfly headlights, offering a golden touch to the Caddy’s tan exterior. It also boasts a huge chrome hood cap featuring a winged goddess.
Elsewhere, other changes include curb feelers, Coker bias-ply four-inch wide Gangster whitewall tires, Rocket aluminum wheels, Landay bars on the rear panels, limo-style side lamps, and a functional sunroof.
Cadillac’s Pop Culture InfluenceeBay
The modding of this Eldorado seems to be in lockstep with the gangster appeal of the Cadillac. After all, various versions of the GM model have been prominent in underworld outings from Goodfellas to The Sopranos. And that pop connection might have something to do with the reaction to this eBay posting. The owner originally set the price at $50,000 but with a week left to go in the bidding, the tally has since jumped to more than $91,000 at this writing.