Rolling Seville: 1956 Cadillac Eldorado

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Before 1956, the Cadillac Eldorado was only offered as a convertible. That changed in ’56 and the new hardtop would also be called “Seville” while the drop-top was now the “Biarritz”. Production numbers for the former were low, just 2,150 copies in 1956, so the seller’s roller is rare considering how few likely exist today. Located outdoors in Croswell, Michigan, this once proud Caddy is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $6,000 (and trades would be considered). Another fine tip from Barn Finder “Ted”!

Except for limousines, the Eldorado would be Cadillac’s top-of-the-line automobile for nearly 50 years (1953-2002). A dozen generations of the popular luxury car would be produced. Fans will recall the vehicle shifted gears in 1967 and became a personal luxury car with front-wheel-drive (only the second GM production automobile to have that at the time). Cadillac sold 6,050 Eldorados in 1956 (the last year of its second generation) of which less than one third would be the new hardtop like the seller’s example.

Gone from the seller’s car is its original (or any) 365 cubic inch V8 and 4-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. Given the empty engine compartment, we assume they were pulled in support of another project. Though the machine is now in Michigan, it came from California which might help explain why the body doesn’t seem to be eaten away (though the floorboards in the front look suspect).

We’re told the Caddy is intact and what you don’t see in the photos (sans the drivetrain) may very well be in the trunk (which is full of stuff). The interior is rough and worn, but apparently the old Caddy will move for loading onto and off of a flatbed. Though cash is likely best, the seller says he/she is open to trades without indicating what may be of interest.

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  1. RICK W

    OMG 😲! While I love the 56 Eldorado, this needs so much to get it back on the road. I would have to say for me this is unfortunately an El do Oh No 😢. FYI in 56 DeSoto also marketed a Seville. After Cadillac approached DeSoto, the name Seville was dropped for 57.

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  2. CCFisher

    This was a stunningly beautiful car in its day, but to get it back to stunningly beautiful would require someone with deep pockets who can afford to spend more than it’s worth. If it were a Biarritz, it would be worth it, but then it wouldn’t be $6000.

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