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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Lexi on January 21, 2019, 10:39:05 AM »
Excellent write up. Looking forward to learning more about your Eldo project. Clay/Lexi
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: Wax what to use
« Last post by Caddy Daddy 55 on January 21, 2019, 08:50:12 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I might try the clay bar never did that before. I think Iíll start dare I say Mustang.

Keep Cruzin,

Bob Kielar
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on January 21, 2019, 04:40:24 AM »
When I had enough with the trouble the Brougham gave to me, I cleaned the mess from the floors and did a first inspection. It was not glorious: the radiator was missing, the engine was from 1956, but not the correct one. It never ran in this car: the studs from the front supports were not in the frame's holes, they were on the frame! The engine transplant was not done without damage: the radiator support was bent.
The condition of the transmission was unknown; anyway, according to the plate, it was not the right one: it was for an engine with one carb.
The floors were badly rusted; the trunk floor was real bad: the housing for the spare wheel was gone, eaten by the rust. Interesting enough: the trunk lid was in good condition, no holes. It was not the case with the hood: the sheet metal part on which the lock is attached was full of holes...

At that time, I had no idea how to repair that disaster and I could not weld.

In retrospect, that rust bucket was a relative good base, compared to cars I saw later which were worse. I was just not prepared at that time to see so many holes.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on January 21, 2019, 04:37:49 AM »
This is the new "home" for that poor thing...
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on January 21, 2019, 04:36:27 AM »
This story was published first for 10 years in the CadillacLaSalle forum. I will adapt the text if necessary. Please understand that all pictures are scans from paper pictures; therefore their quality is not the best. 

I bought the car unseen; it was in transit in England, coming from Virginia. As I had already at that time (1986) a '56 Sedan de Ville, I was not too anxious as I had a good base to look at, even if some details are different. So, I did the gamble; however, it was more like Russian roulette with just 1 missing cartridge.
I mandated a transport company to pick up the "car" from England and to deliver at the village where I have my shop.

The first picture was sent by the seller, it was taken in Virginia. The second one show the thing at arrival.
I had a bad sleep the next night...

After the triumphal arrival, a friend was kind enough to tow the "car" through the village. The drive did not stay unnoticed by the inhabitants!
I could not begin immediately with the work on that ruin: I had first to finish my '57 Brougham.   

After the triumphal arrival, a friend was kind enough to tow the "car" through the village. The drive did not stay unnoticed by the inhabitants!
I could not begin immediately with the work on that ruin: I had first to finish my '57 Brougham.
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Mid Century Cadillac Discussion / Re: 1956 Eldo Biarritz: to restore or not?
« Last post by Roger Zimmermann on January 21, 2019, 02:45:57 AM »
Your restoration story on this car that you shared many years ago was an inspiration for me. 
Really? Should I say "I'm sorry" or thanks to it you rescued another one?
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Great link. Thanks for posting. Very nice shots of the car. Clay/Lexi
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General Discussions / Re: ls 6.0 lq4 motor in caddy....
« Last post by UR2NVS on January 20, 2019, 11:44:40 PM »
Yep, i had finished mine and drove for a year or so before the reluctor wheel on my motor spun.. its been sitting for over a year now. Lol im actually looking at possibly putting a complete custom chassis under my car, i guess time will tell.
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Introductions / Re: Hello all again.... Have been on vacation lol
« Last post by 62droptop on January 20, 2019, 09:15:13 PM »
welcome back
my car too has been sitting for more than 4 years

maybe this will be the year we both get back into it!
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Hi John,

It was at RM Arizona in 2011. Final price is $286k with the commission.  In Feb of 2008 this same car sold for $231k also at RM. This car has been off of the radar since the 2011 sale. In my notes I have that it was once owned by a long time CLC member that was a Cadillac Dealer owner for many years. Car has aftermarket A/C.
 
https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az11/arizona/lots/r170-1956-cadillac-eldorado-biarritz-convertible/202197

The two in Florida from 2016 sold for $212k and $240k before commission. So this one from from 2011 is the highest price paid that I am aware of.

The one thing I was reminded of when checking my notes on the car that just sold is that it was originally a white car not Bahama blue.
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