For 1956 the Cadillac Series 62 was restyled, with changes appearing throughout the vehicle. A new grille could now be found in the front, and repositioned bumper lights now resting in the bumper. The Eldorado series of the Model 62 line-up consisted of a two-door Hardtop Coupe Seville and a Coupe Biarritz. Both had two doors and seating for six. Their base price was well above the regular Series 62, costing a hefty $6,500. The base Series 62, in comparison, cost $4150. A total of 3,900 buyers selected the Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville and 2150 purchased the Eldorado Convertible Biarritz. The most popular bodystyle in the Series 62 lineup was the four-door Sedan DeVille which saw 41,732 examples produced.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2008

Vehicle Profiles

Sedan
Designer: Harley Earl

Proclaimed by Cadillac in 1956 as 'the most inspiring motor cars the world has ever seen', the increased 56 range of models included: the Sixty Special sedan, Sixty-Two coupe, Sixty-Tow Coupe de Ville, Sixty-Two Sedan de Ville Cadillac's first four-d....[continue reading]

Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
Designer: Harley Earl

This 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville 2-Door Hardtop Coupe is one of only 3,900 examples produced in 1956. These were very exclusive vehicles, as their $6,500 price tag made them over $2,000 more expensive than the base Series 62 model. As expected, ....[continue reading]

Eldoardo Convertible Biarritz
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 5662094656

The current owner of this car purchased it in 2004 from the wife of the first owner, who had left it parked in the garage after her husband passed away in the late 1980s. This brilliant example is a numbers-matching car with only 64,643 miles believe....[continue reading]

Eldoardo Convertible Biarritz
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 5662009752

The Cadillac Eldorado came with a list of nearly 30 standard features, including electric window lifts, fog lamps, a six-way power front seat, power brakes, power steering and a multitude of comfort and convenience items. This example is equipped wit....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Designer: Harley Earl

This Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe was originally sold to a couple in Detroit, MI at a cost of $5,550. It still has the original build sheet, owners manual and accessory booklet. ....[continue reading]

Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
Designer: Harley Earl

The Eldorado was the flagship of the Cadillac division. It was luxurious, sporty, personal and elegant. The 1956 model year was the first time Eldorado buyers could opt for a hardtop or a convertible. This proved to be quite popular, giving Cadillac ....[continue reading]

Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
Designer: Harley Earl

From its introduction in 1953, the Eldorado model was a convertible. For 1956, a coupe was added. The convertible was marketed as the Eldorado Biarritz and the coupe as the Eldorado Seville. ....[continue reading]

Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 5662049420

The newly elected President, Dwight Eisenhower, rode down Pennsylvania Avenue in January of 1953 in a luxury convertible called the Cadillac Eldorado, giving many Americans their first glimpse of the new car. Over the next three years, the Eldorado w....[continue reading]

Sedan
 
Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
 
Eldoardo Convertible Biarritz
Chassis #: 5662094656 
Eldoardo Convertible Biarritz
Chassis #: 5662009752 
Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
 
Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
 
Eldorado Hardtop Coupe Seville
Chassis #: 5662049420 

History

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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