Just a year after the Fall of Saigon and two after Nixon's resignation, the year of the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence wasn't exactly the high point of American automotive pride. 20% inflation thinned car purchasers' wallets, horsepower ratings were miserable, and huge bumpers uglified just about everything rolling off the assembly line. Perhaps worst of all, the convertible was a dying breed. Cadillac was going to go out of the convertible business in style, however, by building the last of the Eldorado convertibles in a snazzy red-white-and-blue Bicentennial Edition. Here's a nice website put together by some devoted fans of the breed. Hey, is that the future Black Gold Z Guy in the middle?
Assembly Line Pictures and Video [bicentennialeldorado.com]
Hoon of the Day: Eldorado Versus Camper [internal]