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Lot 215

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

  • Engine no. 536234856
  • Body no. FW 288

Sold for $291,500


Series 62. 210 bhp, 331 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • The original and most prestigious Eldorado
  • Subject of an exceptional restoration
  • One of the very best in existence


“EL DORADO!”

Over the passing decades, the name Eldorado has come to refer to a legendary “City of Gold,” which has long been sought after but never acquired by all those who seek fame, fortune, and plunder. Only slightly less desirable in 1953 was Cadillac’s Eldorado, which was, at the time, the most glorious automobile that the company had ever produced. It was the first production Cadillac to carry the name that would continue to mean the finest in American luxury for generations to come.

It was one of the 1952 General Motors Motorama dream cars that were ushered, largely unchanged, into limited production the following year. It was, essentially, a Series 62 Convertible Coupe; however, the body was radically reshaped, incorporating a wraparound windshield, Packard Darrin-like “dips” in the doors, and an acrylic fabric convertible top that disappeared neatly behind a metal boot when lowered. This being the 1950s, comfort abounded within. Power seats, windows, and steering were all standard in the leather-trimmed cockpit, as was a signal-seeking radio, an automatic heating system, and windshield washers. The package was finished with wire wheels that were shod with wide whitewall tires.

In a public relations coup for the ages, the first production Eldorado literally rolled out with the president of the United States in the backseat, as Dwight Eisenhower used it for his inaugural parade in January 1953.

Only 533 lucky souls got to experience what it felt to be like Ike. The original Eldorado has gone down in history as the most unique and rarest of the many cars to carry the famous name, and it remains among the most desired of all post-war Cadillacs.

The car offered here, number 288, is actually the second 1953 Eldorado to have been owned by the Andrews, as they are a family that loves its Cadillacs, having owned just about every important post-war model over the years. As Chris Andrews tells it, “We had purchased our first 1953 Eldorado and then came across this one, which was being finished by its owners. It was clearly such an exceptional restoration that when they finished it, we bought it and sold the other one.” The aforementioned prior owner, Ronnie Branch, spent five years on the Eldorado’s restoration, with the work being accurately described in a note to Cadillac historian Yann Saunders as being “very expensive but…very beautiful.”

Today, this is, without a doubt, one of the finest Eldorados known to exist. It is finished in its original color of Azure Blue, and it has a deep, rich shine, which is indicative of careful, correct paintwork over bare metal. The interior is tight, fresh, and simply without complaint. The chrome throughout sparkles, down to the tiniest trim pieces, all of which have been restored to the same extremely high standards, and the dashboard gauges are jewel-clear. Under the hood is correctly and accurately finished to the original standards of factory fit and finish, and it includes its proper tags, decals, and labels, as well as authentic wiring. Panel fit throughout is superb.

This Eldorado is the finest example that RM Auctions has ever had the pleasure of offering, and it is the one that every serious collector has been waiting for. It would surely stand out in any collection, even in the “City of Gold.”

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more