Cadillac—which was famous for its dreamy brochures—decided that it in 1975 it would be a good idea to showcase its cars showing off their overwhelming dynamic qualities, starting with a Fleetwood 75 Limousine with an attached 5th wheel. To measure its blazing acceleration in case of an attempted kidnapping? Or its braking power, to see how far forward the chauffeur can hurtle his invariably unbelted passengers? Or maybe its for a skidpad test, as every buyer of a 75 limo wants to know how many G’s it can pull.
And there’s more:
Here’s the hot rod Eldorado getting its turn with the fifth wheel. Will it be able to keep up with the blinding acceleration of its 190 hp 500 CID (8.2 L) V8? I’m sure the published times I found for a ’75 Eldo—0-60 in 11 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 18 seconds—must be a fluke.
Or maybe it’s for measuring the Eldo’s stellar fuel economy. That was of course a big issue in 1975, right after the energy crisis, and it was time to rehabilitate the 500 V8’s rep as being the W.C Fields of engines. Sure, it can break into the double digits, by adding an integer to the right of the decimal point.
Here’s the Eldorado Convertible ripping—or is it sashaying—through the cones in the slalom test. It was the key vital statistic that every Eldo convertible owner asked about first when pondering whether to buy one. This is a sports car, right? And on the weekends it’s going to be autocrossed, so it better be up to the job. Maybe a thicker sway bar might be in order though?
And here’s the Sedan DeVille shown being tested for its most outstanding ability: canyon carving. Yes, the 1975 Cadillacs were the best handling cars on the market, able to leave a BMW, Jaguar or Mercedes in its dust on a balls-out run through a curvy canyon. Look, the competition is so far behind, they’re completely out of the picture.