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Welcome to the site!

This is a work in progress so check back often for updates.
Thanks,
Lou
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Two New Additions and One has Factory A/C.

Hi All, 

This update is full of Biarritz goodness. Enjoy!

We have two new additions to the roster. Both were listed for sale on Ebay recently. 

First up is body #1961. The body is rusty and the engine won't turn but there is something about her that says "Save Me!" 

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Click on the roster page link to learn more about this car
http://1956eldorado.blogspot.com/p/black-code-10.html

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Next up is this factory air conditioned Biarritz that also turned up on Ebay. It's a major project car with a great head start. The body is rust free. I'm happy to report that a friend of mine is now the owner of this Eldorado and the car will call Wisconsin home. Don't let the red paint fool you. This car was originally Emerald green and will be restored to the original color. 

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Click on the roster page link below to learn more about this car,
http://1956eldorado.blogspot.com/p/emerald-green.html

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Some updates on current roster cars

The restoration of Body #1079 has begun "Down Under". This Alpine White Biarritz will receive a body off rebuild. 


On a cruise in Switzerland with a Eldorado Biarritz! Body #1672 took part in the 30th anniversary celebration of the Cadillac Club of Switzerland. Next year this club will host the CLC Grand European.
Hi Roger!  Click to enlarge
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Here is a trio of pictures that just scream 1950's Americana. The All American Indian Days Parade was held annually in Sheridan Wyoming from 1953 to 1985. It doesn't get much better than this. Parades and Eldorado's galore! :)

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1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz in Mountain Laurel. Picture taken in 1957. 
1955 Eldorado. Picture taken in 1956 
1954 Eldorado. Picture taken in 1955.  
We'll finish this update with another great period picture. 
The Eldorado of Elvis parked behind Graceland late fall 1957. 

 That's all folks. Once again, thank you for all of the contributions to this roster. 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Two New Additions & News on Two Current Roster Cars.

Hi All,

It's been a while! I hope everyone is well.  

We have added two more cars to the roster. One is from Australia and the other is from Norway. 

First up is this Mandan red Eldorado from Australia. It's currently for sale with an asking price of $120k USD. Multiple request to the seller for the data tag info have gone unanswered. The seller declares it is an original red car with original full white interior. 


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Next up to the list is this Bahama Blue Biarritz from Norway. This one has been in Norway since 1991! 


Please go to the appropriate Roster page to learn more about these cars.

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Two current roster cars are being offered at auction. The first one is Body #1430. This triple black Biarritz is currently on Ebay with a BIN of $109k. 

 Here's the link to the auction,

It's a bit unique because it's one of the very few survivors with non tinted plain glass. 

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The second car is this fine Bahama blue example from Washington State. Body #1762 will cross the block in June at the Mecum Seattle auction. This one is a chassis off restoration. Best of luck to the current owners. They have been great supporters of this roster. 



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Here's a treat from Joe the owner of car #1923. Joe put together these great info cards that you can print and display with your car. Thanks Joe! 


Click to enlarge above and if you want to print, click on the links below for full scale! 



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Last but not least is this little gem. Did you know the 1956 Eldorado Biarritz came with a "How to operate the convertible top manual" ?  This was specific to the Eldorado convertible only. After many years of searching for this, I finally acquired an original manual. It's a 15 page booklet covering the proper procedure on how to operate the top and use the hard boot. Here is some scans from this manual. 

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Here's the manual in it's proper home after many years. Car #632 is very happy.  

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That's all folks!  Thanks again for all of the support and patience! Updates will resume at a normal pace. Get out and enjoy your ride!  
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More Soon Folks.....

Just a quick post to say I'm still here. It's been a busy winter so I haven't had much time for a full update. Here's a quick picture for now.

It's the best that mid century America transportation had to offer,

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A full update soon. I promise!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

One Millionth Post War Cadillac Positively Identified!

Hi All,

Not too long ago we featured Body #891, an Emerald Green Eldorado that fit the bill as the one millionth post war Cadillac built. The color, options and vehicle history perfectly matched the description that was rumored to be the one millionth Cadillac. It even has a plaque on the dash. 

There was one thing about #891 that did not correspond with what was known about the one millionth car. Body 891 was built in January, the one millionth car was built during the week of May 28th according to a Cadillac press release. Hmm, quite the predicament. Well there is one sure way to solve this, get the "built" sheet to the car built during the week of May 28th, 1956. To order the sheet, we would need the serial number. The question begs, how do you go about getting the serial number to a car that is not known to have survived??? Well in this case, it wasn't that difficult. We just have to count to 1 million :) Here is how I figured it out.

In the back of the 1956 Cadillac Data Book, Cadillac list the production totals for every year. Below you will find the data book info pertaining to the post war yearly totals. 


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From 1946 to 1955, Cadillac built a total of 888,407 cars. This means for Cadillac to reach the one millionth post war mark in 1956, Cadillac would have to build 111,593 cars. The good news is all Cadillacs built have serial numbers that are sequential regardless of the model. So mathematically the one millionth post war Cadillac should carry a serial number that ends with 111,593. I took a chance and ordered the built sheet based on this math. It paid off!! Serial #5662111593 is indeed the one millionth post war Cadillac. This car pictured, 



is body #1999 built on June 1st, 1956. This car was painted in a special order custom gold metallic finish to mark the special occasion. It was equipped with a black and white interior, black top, gold grille, gold wheels, EZ Eye glass and heat. Here is the invoice and built sheet for this special car, enlarge for a better view,  


Note the text "Gold Metallic" were the paint code would be. Also note the CWC(CNC?) APPEARANCE text. Not sure what that means. Anyone know? 
The one millionth Cadillac is third from the bottom. Take note of the  "0" in the  color column and the SPR(special request) notation.  When special order colors or trim was ordered, a 0 was used as reference. 
  Some other info obtained from this paperwork. This special car was shipped to the New York City dealership that was owned by GM. It was not a fully optioned car either. No A/C, no Autronic eye or power trunk. Also important to note the price on the invoice is the dealer net, not retail. 

  Another tidbit. On June 1st, another special order Eldorado was built. The Elvis Eldorado was built shortly after this car. What a day for Cadillac history!
My poor attempt to colorize this picture 
  This "One Millionth" Eldorado may still exist. so please be on the lookout for body #1999. We should also take nothing away from body #891. It's an authentic fully optioned Emerald Green Eldorado Biarritz. A fantastic car by any account! 


Thank you for all of the support & Happy Holidays.