Lot 28

2015   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2015

1953 Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado

SOLD $187,000


$240,000 - $280,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Outstanding Color Combination
Formerly in the Wayne Davis Collection
GM Motorama-Inspired Dream Car
One of the Most Important Postwar Cadillacs
One of Only 532 Examples Built

Technical Specs

331 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
210 BHP at 4,150 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
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From the Peter Klutt Legendary Motorcar Collection

In 1953, GM’s Cadillac Division celebrated its 50th anniversary in style by launching the gorgeous Series 62-based Eldorado convertible. Based on the El Dorado Golden Anniversary concept that wowed spectators at GM’s 1952 Motorama shows, the production Eldorado featured myriad amenities and cutting-edge styling that influenced all GM models during the 1950s. Cadillac applied its traditional engineering prowess to the Eldorado with the powerful 210 hp, 331 cid V-8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and more. A disappearing convertible top was neatly stowed under the Eldorado’s hard parade boot, and chrome wire wheels were standard. Just 532 Eldorados were built for 1953, priced from $7,750, and the line gained attention when Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled in an Eldorado to his presidential inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

This sleek 1953 Eldorado was formerly owned by Wayne Davis – a Texas collector noted for the first-rate condition and appearance of his car collection – and no. 536235467 continues to benefit from an older complete body-off restoration. Resplendent in Alpine White paint over red and white two-tone leather upholstery, the Eldorado also features an engine bay and trunk compartment that are nicely finished and equipped to match. The Eldorado’s extensive list of features also includes such desirable items as back-up lights, twin outside mirrors, and a remote engine-oil filter. During April 2008, the Eldorado was acquired by Peter Klutt and formed an essential part of his Motorama-inspired GM Triple Crown, or Grand Slam, representing a rare and commendable achievement in collecting circles.