• Mar 6, 2008
Say "Italian-styled Cadillac" and any car person will shoot back "Allante." It does appear, though, that Zagato executed coachwork on top of a fourth-generation Eldorado before Cadillac ever thought of shipping its wares to and from Pininfarina. This Eldo looks a lot like a Ferrari, and there's a reason for that, according to the seller. The bodywork on this car was reportedly designed by Luigi Chinetti, Ferrari racer and the first Ferrari agent in the United States. Chinetti went on to found the North American Racing Team, also an official Ferrari venture, and that might explain why this car has NART prominently displayed on its nose.

The NART badging is the only thing this custom Caddy shares with the Ferraris under Mr. Chinetti's umbrella, though. The success of his Prancing Horse franchise is likely why this prototype, which was displayed at the Turin and New York auto shows in 1971, never went anywhere. Currently, the car is in Brussels Belgium, and potential buyers are invited to make offers. If the provenance holds up, we doubt it'll be a small selling price. At least you'll get 1970's Italian style with the inexpensive upkeep of 1970's American running gear.


[Source: Hemmings]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Except for those gawd-awful whitewalls, it's sweeeeeeeetttt!

      Imagine pulling up to the golf course in that in 1971 in your plaid pants. It would have been perfect for Rodney Dangerfield in "Caddy Shack."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd prefer that 1960 Lincoln Continental Convertible sitting next to the Caddy any day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those Mark II's are indeed timeless, possibly one of the worlds most beautiful automobiles, along with those gorgeous 1956 Lincolns, award winning designs I might add.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ... and I'll GLADLY have the Mark II behind the Zagillac. 50+ years old and still a beautiful car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I disagree with the Wikipedia (and Autoblog) classifying the 67-70 as "4th gen". I think of that as 1st gen. since the previous "Eldorado" cars were more just trim levels of shared rear-drive Caddy platforms.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The side profile and front end have a resemblance to the Lotus Eclat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing: 12/8ths scale Eclat.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      For when the Ferrari factory drivers actually wanted to make it to their destination without taking a cab.

      Ok I kid, my dad drove 275 GTB-4's, Dinos, and Daytonas as every day cars back then, but he explains to me that they were "affordable" back then.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks more like an Oldsmobile Toronado than anything Italian.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The side profile and front end have a resemblance to vomit.

      That is the worst thing I've ever seen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Luigi Chinetti was the first official Ferrari agent in America. It was his son Luigi Chinetti, Jr. , nicknamed Coco, who was the designer in the family. Coco designed this Caddy and other unusual Ferrari one-offs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was wondering why AutoBlog went to the trouble to post a pic of a vintage Ferrari with whitewall tires.

      Like most GM makes/models, the Eldorado has had it's ups and downs. My fav? The mid-late '80s somewhat boxy Eldos. Sure, they look like they were designed by/for THE TERMINATOR, but they are neither too big nor too gaudy...nearly perfect. Hell, weren't they even available with a diesel?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Stang fan
        The 79-85 is one of the nicest Eldorados ever and would make the best daily driver. Personally, my all time fav is the 1974.
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