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.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Acrylic Lacquer used by Cadillac for the First Time on '56 Eldo Colors

1956 was a year of many first for the Cadillac Eldorado. One of these "first" was the use of acrylic lacquer paint. Three colors in particular were the launching pad for this new kind of paint. They were Starlight Silver, Emerald Green & Bahama Blue. All three acrylic lacquer versions were introduced late in the model year and all three carried an alternate color code for acrylic.
  • Starlight Silver went from color code 92 to acrylic code 93
  • Bahama Blue went from color code 94 to acrylic code 95
  • Emerald Green went from color code 96 to acrylic code 97 

Check out some of the notes from the Serviceman,

Does anyone have a car with one of the mentioned paint stickers still on it? As you can see from the notes, Dupont Lucite and R-M Alpha were the paint of choice for Cadillac. Over the next few years Acrylic Lacquer would become the standard finish and R-M would become the predominate OEM paint supplier to Cadillac.