One look at this 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado convertible, and it’s easy to imagine riding down the open highway

It really lives up to the classic car experience because this low-mileage drop-top has been given investments in sleek paint, a clean A/C interior, and the strong-running V8 just to make sure it’s a true cruising Caddy.

It’s not just that this car has averaged a little over 1k miles annually, but also it has spent most of its time with its original family. Long-term care is exactly what you want in a foundation for a great classic. But when you want a vintage car you also will drive, you’ll be excited about the level of investments in this Cadillac. The factory-correct Bavarian Blue Firemist was given a high-quality respray to make sure the well-respected sheet metal can really show off its crisp and clean lines. This is the first year for what became one of the most iconic generations of Eldorado, and it has all the best early details, like the waterfall grille, louvered sides, and fender skirts. Plus, we love how the large and bright chrome bumpers are an integral part of the design as they hug the car’s form.

The newer white convertible top looks terrific against the light blue exterior. It almost looks like an ocean wave with the roof as the crest. And when you take it down, the sea of blue continues. There’s a terrific vintage style here you see everywhere from the wood-like trim to the courtesy lights that greet you when the doors open. It’s easy to share this classic Caddy experience with others. There’s room for six aboard the Eldorado, and thanks to the front-wheel-drive, there is no transmission hump to hinder legroom. But as much as there is room for everyone, this one loves to focus on the driver. The front seat has been more recently reupholstered. It has a fold-down armrest and the whole front power adjusts. You’ve got an easy reach to features like the tilt steering column, power locks, and an upgraded retro-style AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth. Power windows and a power convertible top means you don’t even have to leave the driver’s seat to open this up to the world. And with the air conditioning blowing nice and cold with R134a refrigerant, it’s easy to enjoy top-down motoring even in the summer.

The 500 cubic-inch V8 under the hood is the big Caddy motor everyone wants, and this is the numbers-matching unit. It has a clean and tidy style that tells you there has been a proper investment here, and as you dig deeper, you’ll also spot fresher fundamentals from a proper tune-up. There’s even a newer four-barrel carburetor on top. So it continues to provide the stout nature and deep well of torque that confidently moves this Caddy. Suspension items like the front end and wheel bearings were also given the right attention recently, and so this one continues to have the feeling of a comfortable cruiser. The three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and front discs help emphasize this mission of a truly easy driving classic.

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Location: La Vergne, Tennessee, United States