The Cadillac Eldorado Bicentennial Edition: A true American convertible

The 1976 Bicentennial Edition of the Cadillac Eldorado is an all-white convertible with red and blue trim. The limited edition car was produced to celebrate America's 200th birthday.
The Bicentennial Edition of the
Cadillac Eldorado was created to celebrate America’s 200th birthday.
Photograph by dave_7. Distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

The Cadillac Eldorado had class, luxury, and was the top-of-the-line Cadillac with a long tradition that lasted 12 car generations.

The name Eldorado is actually two separate words in Spanish combined together to translate into “the gilded one.” How appropriate, since the Cadillac Eldorado is legendary for its luxurious feel and special look.

The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado was a special year in its storied history.

It was supposed to be the last year for the Cadillac convertible, with 14,000 units sold, and marketed as the “last American convertible,” because of expected Department of Transportation regulations, and safety concerns all brought on by car-safety guru Ralph Nader.

The last 200 cars off the line of the 14,000 Eldorados produced were known as the “Bicentennial Edition.”

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Every Car Enthusiast

There are many tools, accessories, and auto-related products you can give as a gift during the holidays for anyone that loves cars. Items that you know someone would love to have but just never got around to buying, or just never thought of purchasing, that can make diagnosing car repairs or inspecting certain parts that much easier.

With a large number of parts and tools to choose from, sometimes it can be difficult to decide what to buy or know where to begin. For these holidays we created a holiday gift guide of some great ideas to get you started. All you have to do is go down the list and follow the link to some of these gifts, and that car enthusiast you know will have one more item for their car-related needs.

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New Trail Ridge tonneau covers will protect your truck bed in style

1A Auto Mechanic Andy installs a Trail Ridge tonneau cover on a truck in our R&D center.
1A Auto Mechanic Andy tests out one of the new Trail Ridge tonneau covers in our R&D center.

A tonneau cover, or truck bed cover, allows a truck owner to keep both their bed and any items stored in it secure. In anticipation of our Black Friday deal on Trail Ridge’s new tonneau covers, we’re sharing what you need to know about tonneau covers and previewing the new selection that will be available exclusively on 1aauto.com.

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The Stutz Blackhawk: The ultimate celebrity status car

Elvis Presley was the first to own a luxurious 1971 Stutz Blackhawk.
Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk.
Photograph by H. Michael Miley. Distributed under a
CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

What did Elvis Presley and Evel Knievel, two cultural icons of the 1970s, have in common? Well, a few things. One was that besides being at the top of their respective professions, they were showmen.

Both Elvis and Evel understood that whether singing in Las Vegas or jumping motorcycles over cars, part of their performance was entertaining their fan bases with top-level showmanship. Both Elvis and Evel admired and emulated another top performer of his time, Liberace.

Liberace was well known for his exotic-looking, sparkling-studded jumpsuits and capes while he played classical music on his rhinestone piano.

So in top extravagant showman style, Elvis and Evel would follow with their own wild clothes to capture the attention and imagination of their fans.

There was another commonality of the two American icons, and that was their desire for and the ownership of the Stutz Blackhawk.

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From Russia with love—well, not really: Pasha’s first car story

Pasha's first car was a Moskvitch 2141.
Pasha’s father gave him his first car, a Moskvitch 2141. (Photo courtesy of Pasha Gavrichev)

Do you remember your first car? For car enthusiasts, a first car is more than just a means of getting from point a to point b. When they think about that car, they’re taken back to early solo drives, initial attempts at car repairs and that first-car sense of freedom. In 1A Auto’s “My First Car” series, our founders, management and staff share stories about their first cars. Keep reading for 1A Auto Vice President of digital strategy and research and development Pasha Gavrichev’s first car story.

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‘Engine Noise Podcast’ hosts interview each other for International Podcast Day 2019

Jeremy (left) and Matt chat in the studio before recording a new episode of the 1A Auto-sponsored podcast they host, “Engine Noise.”
Jeremy (left) and Matt chat in the studio before recording a new episode of the 1A Auto-sponsored podcast they host, “Engine Noise.”

Today is International Podcast Day, and to celebrate, we asked “Engine Noise Podcast” hosts Matt and Jeremy to interview each other. 1A Auto is a proud sponsor of the podcast for car enthusiasts and DIYers.

We knew that Jeremy is a car aficionado, and Matt is a do-it-yourselfer who more recently became interested in cars, but it turns out there’s a lot we didn’t know about them!

Keep reading to learn more about the guys, and don’t forget to download and listen to “Engine Noise” episodes at https://apple.co/2L9E5TB.

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