1953 Cadillac Eldorado

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

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Like its sisters the Buick Skylark and the Oldsmobile Fiesta, the Eldorado began life in 1953 as limited-production GM Motorama show car available to the public in small numbers at a high price. Touted as the first dream car one could actually own, at $7,750 when new, just 532 were sold in its first year. The Eldorado Convertible cost nearly twice as much as a Series 62 Coupe deVille and was priced over $2,000 higher than the Fleetwood Seventy Five Limousine, traditionally Cadillac’s most expensive production car. At 4,800 pounds, the new Eldo weighed 300 pounds more than the Series 62 Convertible. The distinctive styling included a low wraparound windshield, cut-down doors that neatly dipped at the ends, a flush-fitting metal panel that completely concealed the convertible top when stowed giving the car an exceptionally low look which was in vogue at the time. Chromed wire wheels were also standard equipment and 12-volt electrical systems were featured on every model.

All models including the Eldorado came standard with Cadillac’s 210-h.p. 331-c.i.d. V-8 engine which offered 20 h.p. more than the previous model year, and 50 more than the year before.  The horsepower race of the 1950s was off and running.

  • YEAR & MAKE - 1953 Cadillac
  • MODEL NAME - Eldorado
  • SERIES - Series 62
  • BODY TYPE - 2-Door 6-Passenger Convertible
  • BODY BY - Fisher Body Corp
  • # CYLS. - 90-Degree Valve-in-Head V-8
  • TRANSMISSION TYPE & NUMBER - 4-Speed Hydramatic, Rear-Wheel Drive 
  • WEIGHT - 4,800 lbs
  • ESTIMATED PRODUCTION - 532
  • HP - 210
  • C.I.D. - 331
  • WHEELBASE - 126' 
  • PRICE NEW - $7,750
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