: A Rare Vehicle...

11-09-08, 01:48 PM
I usually browse eBay for vintage Cadillac's for fun, and today while I was browsing I came across this:

'59 Eldo (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1959-Cadillac-Eldorado-Biarritz-convertible-unique_W0QQitemZ330282861201QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20Tru cksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?has h=item330282861201&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A3%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1309#ht_25895wt_ 0)

The car has had a long, interesting history that includes many owners. I've never seen a more beautiful '59. I'm usually not a fan of the '59's; the '57 and '58 models are much more attractive IMO, but this car is absolutely stunning. The bidding is already above $220k.

The Tony Show
11-09-08, 03:13 PM
Interesting car. I was surprised to read at the bottom of the auction that the car has been apart and painted several times though, as the opening text gives the impression that it's all original. I'm not a collector, but I imagine that being converted to RHD, then back again, as well as being painted red, then back again would devalue it somewhat.

Still an amazing machine.

11-09-08, 03:34 PM

Seeing that perfect pink '59 Eldorado convertible, the quintessential Cadillac in so many people's minds, with all the original literature really resurrects my respect and admiration for such a magnificent car. It is by no means my favorite Cadillac of all time, but I'll gladly admit it's probably the most widely recognizable and admired.

11-09-08, 04:09 PM

Reserve not met. :bonkers:

11-09-08, 04:56 PM
Cool car that is for sure, but man it sure is pricey!

11-09-08, 05:06 PM
Its a pink Cadillac, but it lacks the crushed velvet seats. Well, so much for the song.

11-09-08, 05:44 PM
There is one just like that on Maui. It is often seen sitting ouside the Grand Wailea Resort. The exhaust is rigged with spark plugs to shoot flames out the pipes.

11-09-08, 06:05 PM
"What Cadillac did with its 1959 models was so extreme that every other carmaker was obliged to quietly push its chips to the centre of the table, walk outside and step in front of a passing bus."

11-09-08, 06:44 PM
Nice looking car but I still prefer the original looks of my dad's 1959s. Also, 99 Eldorado Biarritz's had bucket seats in 59.

Night Wolf
11-09-08, 09:04 PM
Awesome car, but man that ad is/was so very misleading. Reading it at first you would think it's a time capsol...especially all the times it was called a "survivor"

Sorry, but a survivor is an all-orignal car that has *survived* over the years, not perfect in everyway, but not restored.... if this car was repainted several times, totally restored, changed to RHD then back to LHD.... it is by no means a survivor... it is just like any car that has been restored.

The car was in poor shape. Guido Vella undertook a 2 year restoration. The restoration cost was reported to have been more than the price of an average house in Melbourne at the time. He painted the car red, and chromed almost anything he could find that was chromable (though not chromed by the factory). Example, chrome rocker covers, chrome belt-pulleys, chrome door hinges, chrome oil cap, chrome hood hinges, chrome hood locks, chrome brackets....even chrome piping in the seat upholstery

^ That is not a survivor.

Heh, the guy paid an "undisclosed sum" for the car, then spent what would be equal to an average house to "restore" it, and only drove it 300 miles in 8yrs.... just for the next owner to buy it and use it as a daily driver for 8yrs then to restore it....again....

There is no real history to it.... it's just had many owners, some that may have been very wealthy....

Basicaly it's just a restored '59 Biarritz, I suppose it's the only "original" triple persan sand left? Still tho.... the way it was advertised.... thats a big chunk o change for the car, pretty darn nice...

11-09-08, 10:52 PM
Here's another beauty:

'55 Eldo (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1955-CADILLAC-CONVERTIBLE-COMPLTELY-RESTORED-WOW_W0QQitemZ110306758697QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20Trucks QQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=i tem110306758697&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=65%3A3%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1308#ht_6976wt_0 )

I have always preferred the more rounded 50's model than the '59. IMO the fins are too large on the car which make it look polarizing (I know, the whole point.) This car is much more elegant in a "Cadillac" sort of way.

11-10-08, 12:05 PM
She might be a real gem but price is way out of her range lol

11-10-08, 03:05 PM
That is one sharp looking car I would pay it if I had the money.

11-10-08, 07:49 PM
She might be a real gem but price is way out of her range lol

Restoration of midfifties high end American cars is extremely expensive. I doubt you could restore one to this degree for $80,000.

11-10-08, 07:57 PM
Yeah, the cars not a survivor, but a well restored '59 Eldorado with a known but checkered past. I wish the sellor good luck! He should drop his reserve and take the money and run ....... although whoever restired the car has probably got closse the the current bid in the car.

11-12-08, 08:47 PM
That to me is CADILLAC!. I'd give up a testicle for it. When I think Cadillacs I think of the old Deville and Eldorado droptops, anything up to the '96 Fleetwoods although in my eyes even the Broughams from the 70's-90's were no match for the flamboyancy that WAS Cadillac. Cadillac needs to do some soul searching and just look to its past to see what it needs for the future. The "science" or whatever look they are now are just plain ugly and dont even get noticed on the streets. Suppose its been that way for at least 20 years now with Cadillac.

11-12-08, 09:50 PM
I'll agree with you on that Destroyer. I like the new Art and Science theme, but it's nothing compared to the flamboyance of the 50's and 60's. Now THOSE were some fine motor vehicles.