Classic 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Classic 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Like its sisters, the Buick Skylark and the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the first Eldorado was shown to the public at GM’s Motorama in 1953 as a limited-production convertible available in small numbers at a high price. In subsequent years, the price was lowered and the car was built in greater quantity, being not quite as “custom” as the original ’53. While the rest of the Cadillac lineup received modest changes, the 1955 Eldorado received dramatically new rear styling. The Eldorado was the first production Cadillac to use the rocketship tailfins seen earlier on the La Espada and El Camino Motorama show cars. Eventually, the fins appeared on all Cadillac models, starting in 1958. Round brake, turn signal, and backup lights were paired in clusters at the base of the long tailfins.

Eldorados came equipped with an exclusive high-performance, 331-cubic inch V-8, which produced 270 horsepower through two 4-barrel carburetors while breathing through a massive gold-painted batwing air cleaner. Gorgeous new “Sabre Spoke” wheels appeared for the first time, highlighted by rear wheel openings without fender skirts, which also made their initial appearance. At a base price of $5,814, before options, Eldorado production remained limited. The 1955 Cadillacs were introduced in November of 1954, once again setting a new production record of 140,777 units, of which 3,950 were the luxurious Eldorado Convertible.

270 hp, 331 cu. in. V-8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129 in.

This Beautiful Classic 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible comes complete with:

Full Professional Restoration from front to back/All Systems in working order

Beautiful original color combination inside and outside

1st Junior – 1st Senior – Grand National AACA Show Winner

All parts original to the car

52,000 Original miles

331 cubic inch V-8 engine with 270 HP – (2) 4 Barrel Carburetors (All professionally rebuilt to factory specs)

Rare Gold Sabre-spoke wheels (original factory option)

Only 3950 produced

Full professionally restored fresh interior as original

Professional paint in original factory color (stripped to metal)

New Convertible top – Biarritz

Show Quality Chrome all around

Originally from Sedona, AZ – always rust-free

Always kept & stored indoors

Radio & antenna, heater, power brakes, power seat, power windows

History/Disclaimer: This Classic 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible lived in Sedona, AZ until 1988. The car was stored for 13 years & is completely rust free. All parts are original to this car. The 52,000 miles on this car are all original. The car was stripped to bare metal & repainted the original color. The engine was totally rebuilt along with front & rear brakes. Original 2-4 barrel carbs were completely rebuilt. Transmission & rear end have been serviced & are in good condition. The original Sabre wheels were sent to California to be anodized in Gold as per 1956 Cadillac Gold Package. New Tires by Diamond Back to look like Vogue tires. Total interior restoration, top & trunk by Jenkins & Jenkins. All chrome is show quality. All systems in working order and fully serviced. The new owners can expect a pleasant and professional purchase experience.

Price: Auction

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Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States