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Autotrader Find: 2001 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Conversion

The final generation of the Cadillac Eldorado was sold from 1992 to 2002, and it only came one way: as a two-door coupe, with a hardtop. This was in spite of the fact that an enormous number of these things were sold with vinyl roofs from the factory, which meant they were trying to look like convertibles. Never mind that. Cadillac never officially offered a convertible.

And yet, right here, listed for sale on Autotrader, is a 2001 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. Finished in silver with a gray leather interior, this Eldorado was converted to its soft-top convertible status by a company called Coach Builders Limited — supposedly when it was still a new car. Although the advertisement doesn’t say how long the current owner has had the Eldorado, the Fleetwood parked in the background of the photos — under the tent — suggests the owner is quite a Cadillac enthusiast.

Interestingly, this car isn’t as unusual as you might think: A lot of final-generation Eldorado models were turned into convertibles, both because the design lent itself so well to the convertible look, and because many Eldorado owners wanted to relive the magic of Eldorado models past — many of which were available in convertible form.

As for this one, it looks to be in pretty nice shape, with very Cadillac-appropriate white-wall tires, chrome wheels, and a reasonably well-kept interior with a handsome exterior. The seller also insists the top doesn’t leak. It’s hard to imagine this car has traveled 105,000 miles, but, indeed, it has — and it’s available from a private seller in Waterford, Connecticut, on Long Island Sound, for just $9,995. Think about that! Under ten grand to ride around in top-down, floaty Cadillac bliss. Find a 2001 Cadillac Eldorado for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. If memory serves, I’ve seen numerous Cadillac convertible conversions done by Coach Builders Limited.  From what I understand, not many Auto makes offered convertibles or sunroofs / moonroofs.  They were sent out and installed pre dealer but after manufacturing

  2. This was a fairly common conversion on this model ElDorado as you mentioned. They weren’t that floaty though, although FWD they at least had some sportier tuning done to them vs. something like the DeVille. 

    I saw an extremely nice ’02 ESC (The “sport” one) Red coupe a couple weeks ago, like someone kept it garaged. I almost tried talking the guy to sell it to me even though I have no need for it. They really were kind of cool!

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