Continuing on with our Malaise-O-Rama Weekend, here is a very clean Eldorado, with most of the added gingerbread of the Malaise Era actually left off. No vinyl roof, no wire wheel covers, no opera windows, no velour seats, no etched glass, nothing that shouts “cheesy”. So, what about this car still proclaims Malaise?
This is the first year for the newly down-sized Eldorado. Compared with the 1978 model, the 79 lost 20 inches in overall length, 8.4 inches in width, and nearly a 12 in reduction in wheelbase. The reduction didn’t just come in the overall measurements either, as the engine offered for 1979 was the Oldsmobile 350 CID Gasoline V-8, and the problematic Oldsmobile 350 CID Diesel V-8. This car has the 350 CID Gasoline version.
While most of the 70s styling additions were left off this particular Eldorado, it hasn’t escaped unscathed. There is still the hallmark Cadillac Grill, with the Cadillac Wreath Hood Ornament proudly perched on top. The newly styled roof took the cues from the popular Seville Sedan and the rear window is nearly vertical. With most of the flowing line gone from the previous version, this Eldorado actually retained most of the interior room of its predecessor.
Inside is as tasteful as you would find in 1979. This car has a tobacco brown leather interior, and has a split front bench seat. The dash still has that 70s jukebox feel, with acres of plastiwood, and a great deal of plasti-chrome. At least this Eldorado comes with an AM FM CB radio, very Malaise-tastic.
This car has a $9,200 Buy-It-Now price. See the listing here. With this Eldorado, this marks the end of our Malaise-O Rama weekend, and it is appropriate we end with this car because it does mark the end of a rather craptastic time in America. I feel that the Malaise Era cars are worth a second look, but some of the cars that were produced during the Regan Era were just as bad (and even a lot worse) than the Malaise era. What do you think?