The Eldorado name first appeared in 1953 as part of a special program conceived by GM to produce top line, very limited production convertibles meant to highlight their design superiority. Three cars that were born of this program: The Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta, Buick Roadmaster Skylark and the Cadillac Eldorado. All three carried special bodywork and a wide array of equipment and options. Of course, the Cadillac was far and away the most expensive of the three and GM was aiming at the likes of Rolls Royce and Mercedes for their competition. In its original guise, the Cadillac Eldorado cost nearly twice as much as a fully equipped Series 62, demonstrating just how special the “Eldo” was when compared with its stablemates. As the 1950’s wore on, GM’s styling department grew more and more flamboyant. Cadillacs gained tremendous fins and massive swathes of chrome and stainless trim. The pinnacle of this trend, and perhaps the most iconic of all 1950’s American cars, is the 1959 Eldorado. Under the auspices of Cadillac’s design director Chuck Jordan and GM’s design chief, Harley Earl, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible became a symbol of 1950’s excess. While some may have criti
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Despite becoming the poster child for 1950s excess and optimism, the ’59...