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1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Imperial Sedan / 557555865 Vehicle Information

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood photograph

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood photograph

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood photograph

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood photograph

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood photograph

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High bid of $160,000 at 2011 Auctions America - Auburn Fall Auction. (did not sell)
High bid of $105,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona. (did not sell)
American Presidents, in similar fashion to important, dignitaries and 'royalty' throughout the world, have unique needs when it comes to transportation. Along with mandatory criteria, presidents and their families have their own preferences and needs for transportation, both official and informal. In the case of Mamie Doud Eisenhower, First Lady of the 34th President of the United States, desired a car that could be used as a formal and parade vehicle when needed.

An order was placed in March of 1955 with Cadillac for an eight-passenger Imperial sedan, body style 7533X. The car was painted in basic black with dark grey, plain broadcloth upholstery, power brakes, E-Z Eye tinted glass, a rear compartment radio, a heater, and air conditioning. The car was sent from the factory to Hess & Eisenhardt, professional car conversion specialists in Rossmoyne, Ohio. Most of the rearmost part of the roof was replaced with a section and rear window from a Series 62 Coupe de Ville. This transformed the basic Imperial Sedan into a pillarless 'hardtop' limousine, allowing the occupants an excellent viewpoint for press photographers. The car was given a sliding sunroof, along with a grab rail for balance while standing in the moving car. The driver's compartment was upholstered in blue leather and given a black padded dashboard. The rear compartment was finished in buttoned grey broadcloth. The work was completed - as evident by the firewall data plate - on May 27th of 1955.

The car remained in the White House garages for the remainder of Eisenhower's term. GM requested in January of 1958 to display the car at the Washington Auto Show. Unfortunately, the government rejected the request. After the Eisenhower's left the White House, the car is believed to have been sold to an American General. In 1988, it was purchased by Olivier Delafon, a French collector of presidential automobiles and cars of state. The current owner, another European collector, purchased the car in 2006.

Currently, the car is in original condition with the original trunk-mounted air conditioner, with clear plastic ducts extending to the roof. At some point during the cars life, the original engine was replaced with a more powerful 1956 unit. The overhead valve V-8 displaces 365 cubic-inches and offers 285 horsepower. There is a four-speed Hydra-Matic gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Scottsdale, Arizona sale. Bidding reached $105,000 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013



2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $120,000-USD $150,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $105,000

2011 Auctions America - Auburn Fall Auction

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $160,000

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt
Sold for USD$75,000
  2015 Auctions America - California
 
1955 Cadillac 75 Fleetwood Eight-Passenger Sedan
Sold for USD$1,100
  2013 Worldwide Auctions - The Burt Collection
 
1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine
Chassis#: 557547481
Sold for USD$172,000
  2011 Bonhams - Classic California
 
1955 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD LIMO
Sold for USD$3,000
  2008 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - November 23, 2008
 
1955 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Limousine
Sold for USD$275,000
  2007 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Cadillac Series 75 Presidential Parade Limousine by Hess & Eisenhardt5575558652013 RM Auctions Arizona$105,000$120,000$150,000
1955 CADILLAC SERIES 75 PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE5575558652011 Auctions America Auburn Fall Auction$160,000  

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Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Vehicle Profiles
Hearse
Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Hearse

Coachbuilder: Eureka Co.
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Imperial Sedan
Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Imperial Sedan

Chassis Num: 557555865
Engine Num: 5662014695
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Presidential Parade Car
Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Presidential Parade Car

Coachbuilder: Hess & Eisenhardt
Model Year: 1956
Profile


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