Welcome to the home of the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Survivor Roster. Cadillac built 2150 Eldorado Biarritz Convertibles for the 1956 model year. The goal of this roster is to document all of the 1956 Biarritz' s that have survived. Vehicles will be compiled by exterior color. Descriptions will accompany each picture to help differentiate each car. Body numbers, option codes and vehicle history will be used when available.
Click on car color names below to view survivors.
Welcome to the site!
This is a work in progress so check back often for updates. Thanks, Lou Member of Cadillac Lasalle Club
Two Eldorado's were added to the roster this week.
The first one is Body# 1324. This beautiful Cadillac is finished in Emerald Green with green and white trim. It is part of a private collection in Belgium. Here is a picture of the proud owner with the car,
More pictures and details about this car can be found on the Emerald Green page. Click HERE
and the second Biarritz is from Hawaii. This example is currently undergoing some modifications,
go to the custom car page for more pictures and info. Click HERE
Did you know that one of the cars on the junk page is a factory air conditioned car? I'm a shamed to admit I didn't realize it. Thanks to the new Cadill-Ikes director Jim Jordan for pointing this out . Jim also gave us some history to go with this mystery car. Thanks Jim!
Here is the car as pictured on the junk page.
Take a good look at the convertible top well area. Notice the A/C unit back there. It's a rare look at other side of the trunk air conditioner unit. Here's a close up of it,
you can learn more about this car on the "Junk" page. Click HERE
This week we will concentrate on one fun fact that was revealed by this roster. It turns out that during the week of May 28th, 1956, two very special Eldorado Biarritz cars were built. One of the two cars we have already covered in full detail, the Elvis car. It was the Elvis car that lead me to the other very special Eldorado Biarritz built that week. This Eldorado was a milestone car for Cadillac, it was the one millionth post war Cadillac built, believed to be fully loaded and emerald green in color.
I was able to figure out the serial number to this car. It wasn't until the build sheet to the Elvis car was uncovered that I was able to zero in on this Eldorado. The "1M" car, as I call it was built right before Elvis car. Their Serial numbers are roughly 250 cars apart. This may seem like a lot but when you consider that Cadillac built over 2400 car during that week. One could surmise that these two cars were built on the same day!
Here is where it gets interesting. I checked with GM and this "1M" car was not retained by Cadillac. Could this car still be out there? Rumor has it that it could very well be. An Eldorado Biarritz matching the description of the "1M" was known to be on the west coast. Although this west coast car was never confirmed to be the "1M" car, it was said to have a large number 1 affixed to the driver side door jam. This car was sold overseas, possibly to Sweden. That's where the trail ends. It is only an assumption that this west coast car is the "1M" car, so be on the look out for this special Eldorado everytime you see one. I won't reveal the serial number because this car could still exist but I can tell you that it falls between 5662111000 and 5662112000. The body number is not known at this time but it will be somewhere between 2000 and 2038.
If anyone has any information(past or present) about this very special Biarritz, please contact me.
That's all for now folks. Thanks to all of the contributors this week.