1957 Cadillac Eldorado

Biarritz Convertible
Mecum Dallas 2021
Wednesday, 8 September - Saturday, 11 September 2021
Sale Price
10 September 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 5762084380. Red over white and red leather. 365/325hp with dual quads, automatic, wheel covers, Firestone whitewalls, Autronic Eye, power steering, power brakes, power windows, factory air conditioning, parade boot, gold brightwork.

Evaluation: Represented as one of 50 built with factory A/C and dual quad engine. Body-off restored. Very good older paint. Light scratches in the front bumper and parts of the trim but mostly sound brightwork. Nearly spotless underneath. Very good restored interior. A flashy Caddy in the best way, and restored to high standards a while ago.

Bottom Line: One of the most famous examples of Harley Earl’s postwar styling at GM, the ’57 Eldorado Biarritz carried a $7286 sticker price at a time when that much money could buy you two Corvettes. Naturally, then, a Biarritz was synonymous with success and has been a symbol of ’50s American automotive exuberance ever since. So even as we’ve observed softening demand among American cars from the 1950s generally, elite-level cars like the big Cadillacs have an enduring appeal, as this and other recent results show. Both this and the 1959 Biarritz in Dallas this year sold for massive, expectations-beating prices.

by Andrew Newton
16 September 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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