Cadillac 70 (Mar, 1970)

Cadillac 70

Add a lot of luxury to your leisure. Behind the wheel of the 1970 Fleetwood Eldorado, you’ll enjoy a whole new dimension in motoring pleasure. Performance as brilliant as its bold styling. The only luxury car with front-wheel drive, variable-ratio power steering and Automatic Level Control, Eldorado expresses the spirit of the seventies most vividly with its exclusive new 8.2 litre V-8 engine. Together they respond to your driving demands with the vitality, the precision and the smoothness you’d expect Cadillac to build into the world’s finest personal car. Leisure was never so excitingly luxurious.

4 comments
  1. Toronto says: October 26, 20111:02 pm

    Eight point two litres? Great Scott!

  2. Michael, N5RLR says: October 26, 20116:31 pm

    500 cubic inches. And it was front-wheel-drive, at that! :D

  3. hwertz says: October 26, 20118:51 pm

    I had (in the 1990s) a 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood. It had the 472 (7.7 liters) and rear wheel drive. It was reasonably quick — 0-60 in about 10 seconds. This doesn’t sound too great, but it’s the only vehicle I’ve driven that seemed completely unaffected by hills — it’d give me exactly the same acceleration going up some steep incline (i.e. like an interstate onramp…) as it would on flat ground, which was quite nice.

    Of course, running over regular bumps, speed bumps, curbs, or in one case a deer carcass, would just result in a “wump-wump” inside the car without the least bump. It had about a foot of suspension travel, so the few times when I was out in some corn field (no, not just tearing through, they were using them as a temporary parking lots for shows…) while everyone in these various Saturns and Hondas and such had to go like 3MPH to avoid bottoming stuff out, and the trucks had to go about 3MPH so they wouldn’t blow a kidney or a butt-cheek, this car glided right over the ruts no sweat. In fact, I got the front discs and shocks replaced at some point, the discs were 3/4 ton truck discs, and the shocks were larger — the mechanic ended up rigging up some custom tool to install them, his tools for 3/4 ton truck shocks were still not big enough. (The only other major mechanical work we did, a friend and I rebuild the carburetor on it after the accelerator pump went bad on it. Working on the Rochester Quadrajet was a learning experience, I hadn’t rebuild a carb at all and my friend had rebuilt stock VW Beetle carbs, as well as an aftermarket set of DeLorto dual carbs (also for a Beetle.) It’s very hard to get a 472 to fire up when the choke is hooked up backwards! 8-) )

    It’d actually had FAR better cornering and handling than anyone would suspect who hasn’t actually driven a car of that era — it’d *start* to lean in a turn, but only a certain amount so it stayed nice and composed. Not saying the handling was exceptional, but it wasn’t a hopeless boat like you’d assume looking at one.

    The front and rear benches were like couches, you could fully stretch your legs front or rear, it had something like 4 or 5 cigarette lighters and 4 or 5 ash trays in it. It also had a built in garbage can by the passengers right foot, which could be slid out and dumped. Automatic climate control with ridiculous air conditioning (it better have been since it used 5 pounds of R12!), power windows, power locks.

    Downsides? When I was in college, the university repainted the parking lots and made the spaces just a bit narrower. At that point, PERFECTLY parked the doors were right on the lines and the mirrors stuck out over them, which made it real fun to be able to actually open the door enough to get out of the car. A condo a roomate and I lived at for a while, I went to see about paying for one of the garages instead of parking it in the parking lot, and the car was wider than the garage door as well as about 3 feet longer than the whole garage. Second, you know — MPG. 8 city and 12 highway, premium required. I knew my days driving this were numbered when I went to a station, filled it up (27 gallon tank) walked into the gas station to pay, and the attendant says “Your total is fifty-four…umm… hmm, I must have forgotten to reset the pump.” I was like “Naahh, you didn’t” and paid up. A while after this, it had a timing chain break, I had nowhere to store it and already had a “daily driver” car by then, so away it went.

  4. RS says: October 28, 20116:13 pm

    Damn #2, I was going to post “Where is Mack Daddy” when you need him.

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