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, October 13, 2012

On This Day: Introducing the 1956 Cadillac

On this day, October 13th of 1955, Cadillac formally introduced the 1956 models to the general public. The new cars were not yet in the hands of the dealerships as of this date but that didn't stop Cadillac from initiating a nationwide advertising campaign. The first ad hit the newspapers on this date back in 1955. Three examples ads from different newspapers, all published on  Oct 13th of 1955 are shown below. 

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 Cadillac followed this ad with another similar ad days later. The anticipation was building!
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 The general public was in for a treat. Two new models were introduced, the Eldorado Seville and the Sedan Deville. The entire '56 line had redesigned sheetmetal, new colors, new interior patterns, gold sabre wheels and a gold grille option. Cadillac offered a power trunk option for the first time as well. Also new for 1956 was the 365 cubic inch engine and new transmission. 1956 was also the first year that air conditioning was offered in convertible cars. 

For a few lucky folks, Cadillac had a sneak peek private showing at the Clark Ave Plant in late September of 1955. The star models of the model year were on display along with the prototype Eldorado Brougham. Here's some rare pics from that event. Click on pics to enlarge,

No jeans and t-shits here :)

1956 Eldorado Biarritz getting the once over by the crowd

A photo opportunity in front of the new Eldorado Seville

Getting a good look under the hood of a sedan with air conditioning. 

A New Coupe deVille model equipped with air conditioning gets a serious look.

Lucky fella with the all new Eldorado Seville behind him. Also with A/C

The prototype Eldorado Brougham on the turntable. 

Check out the swivel seats! 

Fifty seven years have past since the 1956 Cadillacs made the scene. To think that these cars would still be revered today as they were in 1955 is a testament to the timeless styling and design of the standard of the world Cadillac motorcar!