King Caddy: Eldorado converted into a luxury pickup truck

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The Caddy was professionally transformed into a pickup

You might call the Pick of the Day the ultimate cowboy Cadillac, since it an actual 1976 Cadillac Eldorado converted into an El Camino-style pickup and formerly owned by a rancher in North Dakota.

The El Cadillo was “always garaged, maintained and pampered by wealthy Rancher in North Dakota,” according to the Maple Lake, Minnesota, dealer advertising the Caddy on ClassicCars.com. “Rancher claimed he was the ‘King’ when he drove it.”

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From the front, it looks like a regular Eldo

While the ad claims this is one of 39 Eldos converted to pickups – and that one identical to this was owned by the King himself, Elvis Presley – there is no mention as to which company performed what looks like professional-quality workmanship.  A Google search revealed there were at least two California companies performing such conversions on the front-wheel-drive Eldorados during this period.

The ersatz pickup has 91,000 miles on its odometer and is powered by its original 500cid V8, and equipped with all the luxury features common to 1970s Cadillacs, except of course, a back seat.  But what seats remain are in great condition, the seller says.

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The interior has been kept in nice shape

“Interior is attractive with nice yellow leather and dark piping,” the seller says. “Also, seats are desirable 50/50 seats and even has 6-way power on both sides and also 2 armrests. Power windows and locks, all mechanics excellent.”

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The pickup bed is attractively finished with a wood floor and diamond-plate trim.  The body is straight with  no dents or rust, the seller adds, and the car “drives/runs/looks sweet. She’s great at multi-tasking.”

“We like the way quarter glass was kept for even nicer look,” the dealer says.

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The Eldorado looks ready to haul hay bales or custom saddles

This unusual Caddy would be a great conversation starter and constant head turner, and more-than-likely the only one in the local Cadillac club, which would either welcome you with a round of applause or else toss you out for such heresy.

The asking price is quite reasonable, at $12,950, for a chance to ride the range in royal splendor.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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  1. Nice looking pick-up conversion all it needs now is a STEERS HEAD on the front to be a rodeo star.
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    • I have a 1977 EldoMino also a factory conversion. Mine is red with black vinyl top. There were several styles of these El Camino style conversions done on Cadillacs, usually done on the rear wheel drive DeVille chassis. Evil Knievel had a red one.

  2. Are we sure these aren’t just funeral flower cars from that era? I’ve seen them.

    I think rather than a "steers head" what it needs are a set of genuine longhorns on the hood, and a set of Colts for outside door openers. And a collection of silver dollars in plastic for the interior. You know, like a Nudie car.

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