1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

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The Spectacular Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

In the two years since the Eldorado was first introduced by Cadillac, it has won itself a unique place in the hearts of motorist everywhere. Though the Eldorado name originally designated only the convertible model, it will include for 1956 both an open and closed car. The first of these- the spectacular Biarritz- is a true achievement in advanced design and engineering. Its high-sweeping fender lines... its beautiful grille and rear bumper assembly ... its unique "disappearing top" ... its special "Sabre - Spoke" wheels ... its special hood ornament ... its chrome ribbed saddle molding ... and it's many special color options ... give it a beauty all its own. To add still greater glamour, the Biarritz is available with gold wheels and a gold grille. And the Biarritz is powered by a special 305- h.p. Cadillac engine, and offers Cadillac's most advanced features of engineering throughout. In every way, it is a true masterpiece of Cadillac craftsmanship.

1956 Cadillac Brochure


Always a work in progress. Please check back often for updates.

Thanks,
Lou
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Cadillac Lasalle Club

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Fabulous Cadillacs and Two More for the Roster

Hi All,  We have two new Eldorado's on the list, which brings our total survivor count to 162 Eldorado's world wide. That is not many, not many at all. Just to give you an idea of how few exist, lets take a look at it from the following perspective. Below is a tally from all of the known rosters of Mid Century Eldorados.


1953 Eldorado*        532 built- 192 known to exist as of 2012 =  36%

1956 Biarritz          2150 built- 162 known to exist as of 2014 =  7.5%

1957 Brougham*      400 built- 278 known to exist as of 2012 =  68%                      

1958 Brougham*      304 built- 203 known to exist as of 2014 =  67%

1959 Biarritz-         1320 built- 400+ known to exist as of 2012= 30%

1959 Brougham*        99 built-   43 known to exist as of 2012 =  43% 

1960 Brougham*      101 built-   54 known to exist as of 2012 =  54%



*Stats from Cadillac Database


As you can see the 1956 Eldorado Biarritz currently has the lowest survival rate. Even if we were to uncover another 200 cars, the '56 would still maintain the lowest survival rate based on cars built per model year. And when it comes to total cars still in existence, 1956 Eldorados are certainly in rarified air at the current count of 162 automobiles. Time will tell how many more are out there, my guess would be about another 100 cars at the most.  The junk yards took the majority of them, I'm afraid. 




Boy, that was depressing. Lets get to the cars!




Here's one that sold quietly at auction this summer in South Dakota for $55,000. It looks to be a nice driver and complete. Body number not known at this time. 




   

More pics and info about this car at the bottom of the Emerald Green page, 

http://1956eldorado.blogspot.com/p/emerald-green.html


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The second car added to roster in this update is Body number 1539. This triple black beauty is the result of a recently completed 7 year rotisserie restoration. 





See more pics and info about this Eldorado on the Black page of the roster,


http://1956eldorado.blogspot.com/p/black-code-10.html

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In our last update we were introduced to this project car with factory air conditioning,



the owner of this car has just acquired the built sheet for this Eldorado and shared it with me. The body number is now confirmed as #282. It is also confirmed to be a fully optioned, factory air Emerald Green Biarritz complete with gold grille and wheels. It was shipped to Los Angeles with a build date of November 23, 1955.  Restoration is now underway :)


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Have you ever looked at the body data tag on your car and wondered what that letter code is next to the trim number?



In this photo example, the letter code is "K". After collecting photos of body tags over the years I have been able to decipher all of the letter codes found on 1956 Eldorados. So what is it? The letter code represents the color coordination of all small trim parts that are related with the trim #. An example of parts represented would be windlace, kick panels and lower dash colors. The 1956 data book trim chart picture below was revised by me to include all of the letter trim codes (in red) and the two columns to the right were added to show what the letters represent.



This chart and more can be found on the roster info page,

http://1956eldorado.blogspot.com/p/exterior-interior-color-information.html

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Happy Anniversary to the 1956 Cadillac.  Fifty nine years ago this week, October 13th, 1955 to be exact. 1956 Cadillacs went on sale across the country. The rest as they say is history!



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Lets finish off this update with a blast from the past.
Live from Times Square, it's the Cadillacs with their new album The Fabulous Cadillacs! 



What a great period picture. The Cadillacs group in a 1956 Biarritz. How poetic! This photo was used as their album cover which was released in early 1957. Check out those old signs of Times Square. Speaking of signs, the photo was carefully shot to exclude the very large CHEVROLET sign atop of the Canadian Club sign. You can see the signs here in this second great 1956 picture.



In the event you have never heard of the Cadillacs, here is a youtube video for you. Be sure to watch it till 1:20 for another picture of the group with the '56 Biarritz.



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Thats all for this update folks. Thank you for all of the support and information. Please keep the info coming!!

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!