The 1967 model year marked a revolution for the Eldorado model in a new design as well as in the technology and drivetrain. The Eldorado model served for years as a top of the line personal luxury model from Cadillac. But by the mid-60s, almost all other GM brands developed similar cars to compete with the Eldorado. So, Cadillac needed a new model to make a statement and keep the Eldorado on top of the segment.
The car that did the trick was the 1967 model that featured gorgeous new coupe styling with hide-away headlights, a long hood and an elegant rear end. The new Eldorado looked gorgeous. Even though they discontinued the convertible option, sales went through the roof. But the biggest change was the switch to the front-wheel-drive layout.
In those days, FWD cars were rare, foreign models. So, when Oldsmobile introduced front-wheel drive on its 1966 Toronado, Cadillac took the patent and slightly improved it for use on the Eldorado. With this feature, the Eldorado had almost perfect handling and better driving dynamics, yet it still kept its mighty 340 HP engine and classic Cadillac characteristics.