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Positioned as one of Cadillac’s top-of-the-line models in 1954, the Eldorado convertible possessed an unmatched combination of style, luxury, performance, and quality. This Eldorado, one of the 2,150 produced that year, emerged from an exhaustive two-year, frame-off restoration in 2018, and an extensive compilation of photographs illustrates the level of detail realized during the process. Finished in Alpine White with a black convertible top, the Eldorado’s graceful length is accentuated by the one-year-only ribbed chrome panels on the lower rear fenders. The power convertible top operates effortlessly, cleverly concealed by a hard boot, unique to the Eldorado model.
Lavish touches abound, including the Autronic-Eye headlamp control, Wonderbar radio, and power assist applied to the windows and the four-way seat control. Mechanical upgrades ensuring driving ease have been added to the original engine. These include a generator-to-alternator conversion, electric cooling fans with manual override, and hardened valve seats compatible with unleaded fuel. Restoration receipts totaling more than $150,000 accompany the sale.
Exclusive when new, these Eldorados remain so today with only 42 examples listed worldwide in the roster of the Detroit-based Cadillac & LaSalle Club. This convertible’s next owner will be presented with the opportunity to join those rarefied ranks.