I’ve uncovered some really uncommon devices all through my 16 many years of documenting intriguing discarded autos, including a single apiece Black Gold and Black Red Datsun 280ZXs, a legitimate Givenchy Lincoln Continental, and what could nicely be the last new Ford Pinto sold in the United States. But modern Junkyard Treasure beats them all: just one of just seven San Remo Dorados designed for the 1980 model calendar year.
I understood I might discovered something unconventional when I spotted this car at the U-Pull-&-Fork out in Denver, Colorado, for the reason that Cadillac stopped making convertibles soon after the 1976 product year, with the ’76 Eldorado ragtop billed as “the final convertible” amid the proper wailing and gnashing of enamel from patriotic Us residents (they resumed convertible creation in 1984). That implies some aftermarket shop should have performed this incredibly clear convertible-top rated installation the dash plaque indicates the do the job was carried out by Mentor Design and style in Southern California.
There is not a large amount of responsible details on just how numerous San Remo Dorados had been constructed by Mentor Structure, but Barrett-Jackson states that just 7 ended up developed for the 1980 design year. This is a real 1980 model and its VIN is quite shut to that of the Barrett-Jackson car or truck (which was auctioned off in 2006), so I imagine it truly is the serious matter.
Most Eldorados bought for the 1980 model 12 months came with a 368-cubic-inch Cadillac V8, but California-market ’80 Eldos got an Oldsmobile 350 instead. That’s what we have obtained underneath the hood of this car, which would make feeling for a vehicle acquired and modified by a coachbuilder in Los Angeles County.
It really is rough and battered, but it deserved a greater fate than this.
At the very least its closing parking spot lies up coming to a further exclusive-edition Malaise Period Detroit swankmobile: a 1979 Bill Blass Edition Lincoln Continental Mark V.