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Lot Number
46
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $140,000 - $180,000
CHASSIS NO: 5662038844
• Cadillac’s premier offering for 1956
• Numbers matching car
• Desirable dual-quad carburetion with Batwing air cleaner
• Stunning color combination

365 cid OHV V-8 engine rated at 305 HP, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 129”


Cadillac’s cars have always represented the hallmark of American luxury. Born in a day of such prestigious marques as Stutz, Marmon, Peerless, Packard, and Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac was the only one to survive into the modern era, a feat that was only possible through the deep pockets of General Motors. Through the years Cadillac’s unwavering commitment to luxury resulted in some of the biggest and most beautiful cars ever built. When Cadillac introduced the prestigious Eldorado as a concept car for their 1952 Golden Anniversary, it caused a sensation and was offered to the motoring public in 1953. From the very start it was a car that spoke volumes in terms of status. Quite simply, it was long, it was low, and it was everything a dream car could be. Styling was revised for 1954 and, in 1956, Cadillac decided to call the convertible version the Eldorado Biarritz. Selling for $6,501 when just $1,955 bought a new Chevrolet, the Eldorado Biarritz was not a cheap car, but for making the scene in the country club parking lot, there was no other car like it.

Offered here is an excellent example of this iconic Cadillac in the way of this gorgeous 1956 Eldorado Biarritz finished in Emerald Green. If one was looking to “fly under the radar” for 1956 the Eldorado Biarritz was not the car to own as its flamboyant styling and immense size made an immediate impression wherever it went. Riding on a 129-inch wheelbase Cadillac’s premier convertible weighed in at 4,880 pounds giving it a ride like no other. A massive front bumper highlighted by twin “Dagmars” held more chrome than the average car. New for 1956 were two ornamental blades on the hood that spoke directly to the emerging jet age and, if the dazzling chrome wasn’t enough, the Biarritz also used gold anodized trim accents that harkened back to golden Eldorado theme. With a total length of 18.5 feet its finely sculptured body lines carried its size with style. At the rear were a set of tastefully styled fins as the pinnacle of this appendage was still just a few years away. Exhaust ports were carried through the rear bumper and a missile-inspired nacelle nicely accented the rear quarter panel. This example was restored five years ago and has been superbly maintained since; most impressive is that it runs as well as it looks thanks to dedicated maintenance. The convertible top is in excellent condition and operates smoothly. As a premier Cadillac it also carries all the amenities one would expect from a top-of-the-line car with power steering, power brakes, power seats and power windows, and a beautiful leather interior upholstered in a two-tone green and white. Sitting behind the wheel of this cruiser is a delight to the senses with a large panoramic windshield and wraparound dashboard that features gleaming chrome and jewelry-inspired gauges. All upholstery and carpets in this car are in excellent condition and it also retains its parade boot for the streamlined look of a fine American convertible. Power for this Eldorado comes from its matching numbers 365 cubic-inch V-8 with dual four-barrel carburetors that pushed horsepower to 305, making this a car that can easily cruise at modern highway speeds. This Eldorado also has its “Batwing” air cleaner in an engine bay that’s nicely detailed with correct components. This Cadillac rides on wide whitewall tires complete with factory rims and hubcaps that give it an impressive stance.

The Eldorado Biarritz was a special car when it was built, and it is even more so today. In the end, Cadillac built just 2,150 Eldorado Biarritzs and they remain today iconic cars that warrant a place in any collection. This example, with its impressive condition and superb styling, is a car that’s sure to be recognized from any distance. Whether on the concours show field or the local ice cream stand, this is a car that shows how great a Cadillac was and still is today some 63 years later.

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
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