April 23, 2002
Last Cadillac Eldorado rolls off the assembly line
2002 Collector Series Eldorado with 1954 Cadillac Eldorado. Click image to enlarge
Detroit, Michigan – Production of the Cadillac Eldorado ceased yesterday after nearly fifty years of production. The last of 1,596 Collector Series 2002 Eldorados built to commemorate this event rolled off the assembly line yesterday at the Lansing Craft Centre, in Lansing, Michigan.
GM decided to end production of the Eldorado as demand for large, two-door luxury coupes has dwindled. Lincoln discontinued their large Mark V111 in the mid 90’s.
“The Eldorado was a ‘halo’ car for Cadillac and marked the beginning of a long period of luxury leadership for the Eldorado nameplate and the Cadillac brand,” said Mark LaNeve, Cadillac general manager. “Now, in our centennial year, we continue this leadership with a new generation of luxury vehicles.” “In design and spirit, the much-anticipated Cadillac XLR, due out mid- 2003, will take the place originally held by the Eldorado as Cadillac’s truly American ultimate luxury roadster.”
The final Eldorado produced at the Lansing Craft Center will be donated to the Cadillac Museum in honour of Don Massey, of Don Massey Cadillac, formerly one of the largest Cadillac dealerships in the United States. Nicola Bulgari, vice chairman of Bulgari S.p.A., known for their fine BVLGARI jewelry and watches, will purchase the second to last Eldorado to roll off the assembly line to add to his collection of classic cars in Rome, Italy.
With the build-out of the Eldorado, the Lansing Craft Centre will begin preparations for production of the Chevy SSR retro convertible pickup.