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1953 Cadillac Series 62

A principal feature at the New York Motor Show, the 'Golden One' was Cadillac's most expensive model at $7,750. This model bristled with options, including factory air-conditioning, an 'Auronic Eye' for controlling the headlamps, chrome wire wheels, and signal-seeking radio. Only 532 examples of this model were produced in 1953.

This 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $100,000 - $140,000. It is powered by a 331 cubic-inch overhead valve V8 engine that produces 210 horsepower. The car is equipped with a Hydra-Matic automatic gearbox and four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes.

The post-war era of the automobile was exciting. Many of the designs were carried over from before the war. A few marque's experimented with new styling; some were met with success while others ended up out of business.

GM enticed buyers with bold new designs that were lead by their exciting Motorama cars. These cars were futuristic and gave hints at the direction of the automobile. The Eldorado of 1953 was based on a show car from the prior year. It featured a convertible top, wraparound windshield, mostly-covered rear wheels, and custom interior.

The car cost $7,750 which was nearly double the price of a coupe. With only 532 examples created, it was a very exclusive automobile and rare by modern standards.

Under the hood of the Eldorado was a Cadillac overhead valve engine. The engine had been introduced in 1949 and was attractive for many reasons - it was powerful and lightweight. As the years progressed, the horsepower increased. By 1953 it had risen to 210.


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The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 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....
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1953 Vehicle Profiles

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536268308

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' beltl....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Harley Earl, General Motors Styling Chief, had this special custom 1956 Cadillac Supercharged Eldorado built, for his friend John Alexander, by test engineer Frank Burrell. John Alexander, a Wisconsin industrialist, was also a World War I Navy pilot.....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Mr. Harley Earl was the Chief Stylist for General Motors, during which time this car was designed. Cadillac's tailfins debuted six years earlier and became a hallmark of design that lasted for twenty-years. The trend setting Cadillac was the first to....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536276687

This example has been treated to a full restoration. The exterior was finished in cream and all the chrome was triple plated. The interior is finished in red and white. ....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Nicknamed 'The Guilded One', the new Eldorado was GM's most costly offering in 1953, at $7,750. This flamboyant Cadillac featured cut-down wraparound windshield, notched beltline and chromed wire wheels. Inspired by a 1952 Motorama Show Car, only 5....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536244493

Motorama-Inspired Style Leader
In January 1953, America first saw the new Eldorado as it carried Dwight D. Eisenhower down Pennsylvania Avenue enroute to his inauguration as the 34th President of the United States. Imagine that, yet anothe....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536 282229

This 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 Christies auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It is white with a white interior and top. Under the bonnet is a V8 engine with pushrod overhead valv....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536 628 4624

This 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was brought to the 2007 Christies auction at the Jet Center in Monterey, CA. It is red with a red interior and black convertible top. This car has been in the same ownership for twenty years, residing in Euro....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Cadillac released the Eldorado late in 1953 as a limited-edition 'super-convertible' in the popular Series 62 line of V8s. It sported just about every conceivable option that Cadillac offered, and this was reflected in the hefty $7,750 price tag. ....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

This car carries body number 256 of the 532 examples built. It is an original car with 51,000 miles. The current owner is the cars 3rd owner.....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536253662

The exciting news at General Motors for 1953 was the Eldorado, which was based on the Motorama Show car. The car was long and low with a convertible bodystyle featuring a unique, deep-angle wraparound windshield and a daring beltline dip. When the ....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

This car is body number 43. The current owner is the 4th owner of the car. The car has been in Baltimore, Maryland, since it was sold new by Chesapeake Cadillac. The current owners purchased the car in 1985. At the time, it was in need of a restorati....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

The 1950s was a 'golden era' for Cadillac. The company has celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1952. Its postwar designs helped Cadillac dominate the U.S. luxury car market.....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Coupe DeVille

For 1953, Cadillac featured a redesigned front grille plus several other styling refinements. The Coupe DeVille body style was one of Cadillac's most popular offerings for 1953.....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

Cadillac's Series 62 motor was a 331 cubic-inch V8 quoted at 210 horsepower 4,150 RPM which with a dry weight of around 4,300 pounds offered luxury and sporting performance. The stock transmission was the GM Hydra-Matic but in 1953 the transmission f....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Cadillac's first special -bodied (by Fleetwood), low-production Eldorado convertible, was a production version of the 1952 El Dorado 'Golden Anniversary' dream car, complete with bumper bullets inspired by GM's 1951 Le Sabre show car. It was one of t....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 536285567
Engine Num: 536275823

Harley Earl and his styling team, including Bill Mitchell, were tasked with creating something special and unique for General Motors Golden Anniversary. Beginning with a Series 62 Convertible as a basis for the project, the team changed nearly every ....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

The Eldorado was one of a series of limited-production specialty convertibles new at GM in 1953. A special-bodied, low-production convertible (532 units), it was the production version of the 1952 El Dorado 'Golden Anniversary' concept car and featur....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

The Eldorado was the first of the three nameplates to appear, literally as a dream car called El Dorado (two words), to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cadillac brand in 1952. The name, which alludes to the mythical Lost City of Gold, sought by....[continue reading]

1953 Cadillac Series 62 vehicle information

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe

Cadillac's 1953 Eldorado convertible was so different from the standard Cadillac convertible that fenders, trunk lid and floor pan are the only components shared. Only 532 were built and this is one of just 43 produced in Aztec Red. 'Longer, lower an....[continue reading]

Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536268308 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536276687 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536244493 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536 282229 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536 628 4624 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536253662 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Coupe DeVille
 
Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
Chassis #: 536285567 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 
Eldorado Special Sport Convertible Coupe
 

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$1,260-$3,570
1953 Cadillac Series 62
$7,750-$12,680
1953 Cadillac Series 62 Price Range: $3,570 - $7,750

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)121,778
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)146,841
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)140,777
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)140,777
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)96,680
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)109,651
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)90,259
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)110,340
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)103,857
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)92,554
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)52,706

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