In 1950s America, Cadillac was regarded as the 'car of cars.' And even among Cadillacs, the Eldorado Biarritz Convertible was a spectacular beauty. All new in 1957, the Eldorado featured exclusive rear styling with dramatic fins, delicate 'bumperettes' and a wide selection of luxurious leather trim combinations. Special 'Sabre-Spoke' aluminum wheels were a popular option.
This Biarritz build date was May 23rd of 1957 and it was delivered in August of 1957, to Allentown, PA, with a selling price of $7,218. This is body #1680 out of a total production of 1,800 and equipped with all factory options except air-conditioning and gold grill. The current owner purchased the convertible in Reading, PA, in 1977 for a total sum of $100 and immediately began researching and gathering N.O.S. parts until the restoration was completed in 2009. The 4,930-pound convertible went through a two-year, frame-off restoration including acrylic lacquer paint and the special sewn Sabre blue top only available on the Eldorado model. Every effort was made to restore the car the way it left the factory as the standard of the world for 1957.
After observing its golden anniversary in 1952, Cadillac issued a flashy limited-edition convertible, the 1953 Series 62 Eldorado. It boasted features like custom interior, special cut-down 'Panoramic' wraparound windshield, a sporty 'notched' beltli [Read More...]
Cadillac unveiled an all-new car for 1957. This Harley Earl creation was a sharper-edged evolution of the 1954-56 'Standard of the World.' Innovations abounded, including an unusual X-shaped frame, optional air-ride suspension and a radically curve [Read More...]
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible Chassis Num: 5762043240
Sold for $57,200 at 2007 RM Auctions. 1953 was General Motors 50th anniversary and they celebrated with the introduction of the Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Fiesta, and the Cadillac Eldorado. These cars were designed to showcase the 'forward-thinking' theme. The Eldorado quickly became a [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible Chassis Num: 5672035143
Sold for $114,400 at 2008 Worldwide Auctioneers. For 1957, there were big changes to the Series 62 as it now rested on a tubular X-frame and lost its side rails. This new design gave the car greater rigidity, an increase in length and wheelbase, and allowed the body to sit lower to the ground. Th [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008
Sold for $24,200 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers. This 1957 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, style 6237X, is one of only 23,813 produced in 1957. It had a base price of $5,225 and is painted in two-tone red and white with white leather/red cloth upholstered interior. The car rides on four Saber gold wheels [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible
This 1957 Cadillac Biarritz Convertible was found in Flint and is one of only three built in this color scheme. The Biarritz convertible cost $7,200 when new and approximately 1,600 were built. [Read More...]
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible Chassis Num: 5762030978
Sold for $165,000 at 2013 RM Auctions. In 1957, Cadillac continued their legacy of offering exclusive, expensive, stylish, and luxurious automobiles. Pricing began at $4,781 for the least expensive model and rose to $7,286 for the eye-catching Eldorado convertible. A truly remarkable feat [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible Chassis Num: 5762091961
Sold for $121,000 at 2013 RM Auctions. The 1957 Cadillac Eldorados were inspired by the Eldorado Brougham and Park Avenue show cars. In total, just 1,800 Biarritz Convertibles were produced that year, accounting for just a small percentage of total production. The cars had distinctive tai [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
This 1957 Cadillac Coupe is one of the more graceful designs to come from Harley Earl's GM design studio in the 1950s. It is powered by a 365 cubic-inch V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors producing 325 HP. The interior is in striking three-tone leat [Read More...]
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible
This Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible is one of 300 built that production year. It is one of 50 built with air conditioning. The particular model was the first to receive GM's new 'X-Frame' with side rails, designed for large size automobiles [Read More...]
Sold for $83,600 at 2007 RM Auctions. Sold for $90,750 at 2013 RM Auctions. This 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $85,000 - $100,000. It is powered by a 331 cubic-inch V8 engine capable of producing 240 hors [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2007
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible Chassis Num: 5762000-1800
The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002 over ten generations. The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado conver [Read More...]
Eldorado Special Biarritz Convertible Chassis Num: 5762000-001
This is the very first 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible built (serial number 5762000-001). It has been documented as such through the Cadillac Historical Services, which provided a copy of both the build sheet and the original title. [Read More...]
The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 De Ville was a very large vehicle that featured a large, 6,390 cc (390 cubic inch) V-8 engine. The back had large fins that did little for performance and handling but was all about the style of the vehicle. The design of the vehicle was inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. The large, 4400 lb car was fitted with drum brakes. These often wore out quickly. If a U-turn needed to be made, the driver would need a parking lot. The turning radius was 24 feet.
The car was a luxury vehicle that could carry six individuals comfortably. The car was a convertible with the top being raised and lowered automatically. The interior had electrical gauges. The head lights would turn on at dusk and were also capable of switching from high beam to low beam when they sensed oncoming traffic. In total, there were eight lights on the front of the vehicle. The four on the top were the driving lights while the lights mounted on the bumper were the parking lamps. To add to the driving comfort, air suspension was used. This aided in providing a very soft ride but there was significant body roll when cornering. With the V8, it was capable of creeping to sixty in 11 seconds. This reinforced the notion that this Cadillac was built for comfort and not for speed. The drivers enjoyed the ride and they looked good cruising along, enjoying the large open road. By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
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