Vintage Ad: 1979 Hess & Eisenhardt LeCabriolet


Cadillac made its “last convertible” in 1976 with its widely hyped final run of Eldorado ragtops, but unknown to most, anyone (with a lot of cash) could order a new de Ville convertible from a Cadillac dealer from 1978 to 1983.  The buyer could be assured of high quality work from Hess & Eisenhardt, the Ohio-based coachbuilder founded in 1876 that built its first car body in 1906 and made every Presidential limousine from 1948 to 2001.  Hess & Eisenhardt also built Eldorado convertibles from 1980 to 1985, and a factory Eldorado convertible built by ASC reappeared in 1984-85, but the 1977-79 de Ville overshadowed the 1979-85 Eldorado in size and power.  Anyone who now owns a 1978-79 Hess & Eisenhardt LeCabriolet has a combination of the 1977-90 B/C Body chassis, Cadillac 425 big block power, and wind in the hair motoring — arguably the ultimate 1977-90 B/C Body experience, which few will ever get to have.  You are unlikely to see one curbside, but if you do, you will know that its owner has a lot to be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving!