The 1982-1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and Touring Coupe are the two nicest models in the third front-drive Eldorado series introduced for 1979. The Touring Coupe, new for '82, started with the firmed-up "Touring Suspension" option, then tilted more toward the stringback-driving-gloves crowd with a buckets-and-console interior and a subdued exterior with black instead of chrome in many places. It even lacked a vinyl roof and stand-up hood ornament.

Color choices
for the Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and Touring Coupe expanded for '83, when an extra 10 horsepower also made performance more sporty. One disgruntled buyer of a 1976 "last convertible" sued over 1984's reborn Eldo soft-top, a conversion engineered by ASC, Inc. that was thus not strictly "factory-built." But it had Cadillac's blessing -- and most every convenience, including uplevel Biarritz trim, a power top with glass rear window and full headliner, and rear side windows that raised and lowered with the roof. It wasn't cheap -- one reason so few were built.

The further-downsized fourth generation (from 1986) ultimately continued a Touring Coupe, but it was too small to make a practical ragtop, hence that model's second demise. T
he 1982-1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and Touring Coupe are both still too new for strong value appreciation, but in the future they are likely to be regarded as the last and best Eldorados in traditional "Cadillac style."

Pluses
of the 1982-1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
  • Handsome, dignified styling
  • Size nicely balances image and practicality
  • Pleasant drivers (esp. TC)
  • Parts/service support still excellent
  • Relatively inexpensive
Minuses of the 1982-1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
  • Long-shot collectibles right now
  • So-so handling (esp. Biarritz)
  • So-so performance
Production of the 1982 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
TC 1,700

Production
of the 1983 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
TC 1,197

Production of the 1984 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
TC 815; Biarritz conv 3,300

Production of the 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
TC 585; Biarritz conv 2,300

Specifications of
the 1982-1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:
Length, inches: 204.5
Wheelbase, inches: 114.0
Weight, pounds: 3,735-3,930
Price, new: $18,720-$22,105 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1982-1985 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible & Touring Coupe:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8249 cid
125-1351982-1985

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