1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible


Introducingmy latest restoration, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. The car was found in a barn on a ranch in the high desert of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Bought it and brought it to the Seattle area in 1996 where it sat for a few years. Restoration started at a slow pace in 1998 and sped up in 2000.

 
     
Recognized by The Cadillac company, the 1957 Biarritz is considered a "Milestone Model Year", the beginning of the swept tailfins. The production of this model was about 1,800 and had a price tag of $7,300.  
     
The restoration began with the addition of some temporary tires that would hold air and a temporary fix of the brakes. It started, but had a leaky exhaust system and fluid leaks everywhere. The body was taken apart, sand-blasted to bare metal and bodywork done by Exotic Body Repair in Bellevue, WA. Exotic also did the paint work, base coat/clear coat, which turned out to be spectacular. Two years was spent in finding the "right" red.  
     
Many trophies later...