Power comes from the legendary 4.6 liter DOHC “Northstar” V8, which was arguably the best engine built in America at the time. State-of-the-art and plenty powerful, with 300 horsepower on tap in the ESC, it transformed the big Eldorado coupe into a car that didn’t mind hustling. It runs beautifully and has a fantastic V8 growl that sounds expensive when you put your foot in it. It’s a pretty engine, too, thanks to a custom cover on the top that hides most of the working bits, and you can see that the engineers cared about getting it right, because service access is excellent and there’s nothing that seems merely adequate. It’s backed by a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission driving the front wheels, and before you worry about torque steer, remember that the GM engineers spent a lot of hours fine-tuning the front suspension to virtually eliminate it. The all-independent suspension is supple but confident and there are big brake discs at all four corners. It’s quite clean underneath, proof that it has never been in the rust belt, and those flashy chrome alloys are in excellent condition and carry a set of 225/60/16 Firestone radials.

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Location: Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States