1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Without side rails there was no lateral-impact protection, but safety was not a major concern in the 1950s

In 1953, General Motors wowed the automotive world with the introduction of a 50th Anniversary Buick, the Skylark, as well as the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the Cadillac Eldorado and a fiberglass sports car called the Corvette. All four cars were successful, but it was the mighty Cadillac that retained the most star power. Today, 1950s-era Cadillacs are considered to be the icons of American styling for the period and are highly collectible. Arguably, the great granddaddy of them all is the 1957 Eldorado Biarritz convertible.

The current owner purchased this example in the late 1990s and spared no expense in its restoration in the early 2000s. Every receipt from day one in the refurbishment process was saved and comes with the car as part of its provenance. The quality of the paint is matched by the underlying bodywork, which leaves nothing to be desired; the enormous panels are all straight and true, with gaps to match. The same dedication to perfection can be seen in the way the Elysian Green convertible top is fitted with lines up to the window.

This Cadillac had won the AACA First Junior and Senior awards, Grand National First at the Cadillac LaSalle meet in Rhode Island and Best in Class at Amelia Island in 2000. The car won Grand National Best of Show Postwar in 2001 with 99.25 points and has been looked after with the utmost care and remains in award-winning condition.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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