Engine No. 5762030978 • The ultimate convertible Cadillac of 1957 • Frame-off restoration • Eye-catching color combination 325 bhp, 365 cu. in. OHV V-8, dual four-barrel carburetors, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129 in. In 1957, the average new car sold for $2,749, the average worker earned $4,230 yearly, and the median family income neared $5,000. Physicians topped the charts at $22,000 per year, while teachers earned slightly below average. Factory workers could earn $2.08 an hour. Not surprisingly, Cadillacs catered to a more upscale audience, with the least expensive model starting at $4,781, and with Eldorado Convertibles priced at a lofty $7,286. Eldorado’s earned a complete restyling, with inboard, sharply pointed rear fins for 1957, and styling was inspired by the Eldorado Brougham and Park Avenue show cars. The Biarritz designation was used for the second year, to differentiate it from the companion hardtop Eldorado Seville, which was added to the lineup in 1956. Only 1,800 units were produced, all with Cadillac’s 365-cubic inch V-8, producing 325 brake horsepower through twin four-barrel carburetors, which was 20 brake horsepower more than standard Cadillacs. This beautiful example has benefited from a thorough frame-off restoration that was completed in late 2012. The list of work executed includes a complete engine and transmission tear down and rebuild, along with a driveline overhaul. Additionally, the Cadillac has received a complete brake system refurbishment, all new suspension components, a new hydraulic pump and cylinder and hoses, and a new fuel tank, sending unit, and fuel lines. The underside of the body is as-original, using red oxide primer; all electrical components have been overhauled, including a new $4,500 reproduction electrical harness. The Eldorado has been fitted with all new weather stripping, the top frame has been reworked, and all new glass has been installed (including the windshield). The Biarritz has been refinished in Dakota Red; the base and clear coat were sanded with 3,000 grit paper and buffed to a wet-look gloss. The consigner describes the results as spectacular. The interior has new leather upholstery, and the white vinyl soft top is also new. It is reported that thousands of dollars were invested in the triple-plating of the chrome and the polishing of stainless steel components. Even the original radio has been re-worked, and it operates flawlessly in this car. Given its relative rarity for a production car, and its stunning color combination, this is one 1950s classic that’s certain to turn heads wherever it goes. It is the perfect car for cruise-ins, shows, and Cadillac-LaSalle Club events. This vehicle is located at Atomic Motors Classic Car Sales and Restorations in Henderson, NV just 20 mins from the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Come down and see us or call at 702-826-3811. We are on-line at www.atomicmotors.net
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