Story and photos
by Ian Robertson as told
by David Trembath
Cadillacs have a certain magnetism. This is especially true regarding
their full-range traction control system. Sensors at front wheels
utilize a magnetic field to detect the slightest hint of
traction-robbing slip, then instantly relay this information to the
on-board computer. In milliseconds, engine torque is modulated in
concert with the brakes to maintain smooth and predictable traction.
“I fell in love!” said David Trembath as he sat there quietly downing a
well earned beer. “That’s what caused it, but it really is a beautiful
It all started in 1994. David was visiting a long lost friend in
Vancouver Canada, and as he was already well into the Cadillac scene
with an impeccably restored white ’61 Coupe and another silver one
awaiting in the wings, he decided he’d really like to have a genuine
Cadillac baseball cap. So his mate arranged a visit the local Cadillac
retailer. “Yes, we can supply a cap, but would you like to look around
the shop for a few minutes while we fetch it?” Well, that was the end
of that! For there on the floor was a brand new, shiny Eldorado Coupe.
And David fell in love. Well, love may be a wee bit strong but the
emotions were working overtime. He was able to hold himself in check
and leave with new cap in hand, but he never forgot the initial
experience of seeing the sleek beast sitting on the floor begging to be
A couple of years later another friend of his decided he’d like to have
a look at a new Hummer and made arrangements to visit the Australian
agent who was located in Perth. Well, lo and behold, the Agent was in
the process of wrapping up his agency arrangements with Cadillac in
preference for Hummer. And he just happened to have an Eldorado Touring
Coupe demonstrator available for immediate sale. Now the friend well
remembered the vivid account David had repeated on occasions about the
Canadian experience, so at the first opportunity he passed on the good
In January 1997 David found himself at Auto American Perth, whose main
line, until recently, was to import, convert and sell Cadillacs. One of
their major clients was reputed to be Flinkiers of Melbourne. But AAP
had taken a strategic decision to move to Hummers in response to market
The Eldorado Touring Coupe on offer had been converted to RHD and
complianced, and despite being a company demonstrator, had only
So on 6th January 1997 THE OFFER was made and after some minor haggling
the deal was struck, money changed hands and David became the proud
owner of a 1994 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe.
Impressions and experiences:
The Eldorado Touring Coupe is rated by David as very swift, an excellent
handler and oh so comfortable on long trips. And in terms of the most
driven car at last year’s Nationals, this car bolted it in. It seems
that everyone wanted to experience the thrill, the comfort, the power,
and the sheer controllability the car provides.
David also says the paint is sensational! It has a fantastic finish,
huge depth, and a beautiful satin lustre which elegantly changes colour
very slightly depending on the angle of the sun to the viewer.
David’s initial emotional experience regarding the car’s attraction has
been backed up by the huge number of “oohs” and “aahs” he receives every
time he takes it on the road. It is constantly attracting comments such
as “beautiful car”, “fantastic lines”, “I love the paint job”, and so
on. But, while many people share David’s enthusiasm, they can’t
identify it as a Cadillac from the USA. This is in contrast with his
instantly recognisable ’61 coupe. But to a tee, all comments have been
Unfortunately, as with all good stories, there is often some downside to
the tale. And the same goes with this story. David’s love has let him
down on a few occasions, and while things have been fixed, it still has
a few bugs to be ironed out. The good news is that David is working with
the supplier and manufacturer to achieve positive resolution so we
expect to see everything on track real soon now.
At the end of our session I asked the cheeky question “David, which do
you prefer, the ’61 or the Touring Coupe”. And David leaned back in his
chair, took another slow sip of beer and replied “When I’m taking my
overseas visitors on short tours, to say the Barossa Valley, the ’61 is
the first choice. It’s got excellent vision all round, it’s a capable
cruiser and has plenty of room for 6 people.
“But when I need to move interstate real quick and arrive in a relaxed
state, then I can’t go passed the Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe.”
PS – David’s everyday car is currently a BMW 635CSI Coupe. He also has
a collection of late 50’s Studebakers which he proudly allowed the
Victorian Cadillac Club members to view when they visited South
Engine Northstar 32 valve
DOHC V8 295 hp with SPFI
Trans 4 speed electonically controlled automatic
Suspension all independent with Real-time Road-sensing modulation at 1
Brakes 4 wheel power assisted disks with anti lock
Traction control full range, brake/engine modulated
Tyres Goodyear Eagle GAs, Z-rated to 150 mph
Overall length 202.2"
Overall width 75.5"
Wheel base 108"
Track - front/rear 60.9"