Originally purchased in San Francisco in 1953, this Eldorado has been a California all of its life. Owned by Steve Hall of Novato, CA through the early 70s, it would resurface in 1988 when Cliff Gilbar brokered a deal for Ken Gimelli of Santa Cruz, CA on the car. It was located in Los Angles and belonged to a gypsy couple that read fortunes for a living. Ken, a long time Cadillac collector, would pick the car up, and discover how all-original the Eldorado was. In its original blue paint with white interior, it appeared the car had never been touched.
Around 1991 Gimelli would sell the car to Steve Marini, owner of GM Sports in Stockton, CA. An Eldorado aficionado, Marini drove the car often, and became so enamored of this particular example decided to do a complete, body off, nut-and-bolt restoration. At the cost of over $150k the Eldorado was rebuilt from the ground up using as many original parts as possible, and substandard items were replaced with NOS parts from Marini's collection. The result was a show-winning car that made multiple appearances at numerous concours and car shows across Northern California.
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1953 cadillac eldorado red restored
Aug 10, 2015