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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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Roster Update & Fun Facts-Tracking the "1M" Car

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

Fun Facts:
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.