Cadillac’s 4.1 liter V8 wasn’t a tire-smoker, but it is reliable, smooth, and torquey enough to make the front-wheel-drive Eldo feel quick off the line and able to cruise effortlessly at any speed. It’s been well-maintained, as you can see from how clean the engine bay is, and nothing has been deleted or modified, so it remains as the factory intended. The A/C has been converted to R134a refrigerant for easier service, but even the original cold air intake tube is still in place. The lightweight aluminum V8 has a nice growl that disappears on the highway thanks to an original-spec single exhaust system and the all-independent suspension squashes bumps like a magic carpet ride. The 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission ensures that the engine never has to work very hard and surprisingly, there’s a vented disc brake at all four corners, making this car feel competent. Handsome aluminum wheels were an expensive option in 1985 and they’re coupled with fat 225/70/15 whitewall radials.

Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States