1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO SPECIAL SPORT CONVERTIBLE
1953 Cadillac Eldorado Special Sport Convertible
Chassis Number: 536255622 – Engine Number: 536255622
This Very Rare Example is #148 of only 532 Built!
1 of 29 cars that were ordered and delivered with dealer-installed Continental kits!
This beautiful example was purchased new by Mr. Jack O. Blick of Winnipeg, Canada. Mr. Blick was owner and founder of CJOB 68 AM radio in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada in 1953. The car was then owned by Mr. Robyn McCombe of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Mr McCombe performed a complete frame off restoration in the late 1990’s. He then sold the car to a prominent car collector, Malcolm Pray of Greenwich, Connecticut in 2001. In 2003, the car was sold to Chuck Swimmer of San Diego, California and in 2004 the car was sold to the Blackhawk Collection in Danville, California. In 2005, the Blackhawk Collection sent the car to their Blackhawk Pavilion at the Shanghai Auto Museum in Shanghai, China. After a successful showing in China, the car was shipped back to the U.S. in March of 2010 and now resides in The Auto Collections in Las Vegas where it awaits its new owner. Powered by its original 331 V-8 and Automatic Transmission, it is in excellent driving condition. All components and instruments work properly; power equipment includes power steering, power brakes, power seats, power windows and a power top. This very elegant and rare car was priced at $7,750 making it the most expensive car GM had offered in its post-war history to date. Due to the hand labor and extensive modifications required to make each of the 532 examples, Cadillac is reputed to have lost money on every car it produced. Power for the Eldorado was supplied by Cadillac's new 210 horsepower overhead valve V-8 engine. Every option available was supplied to the Eldorado, making the addition of the 12 volts electrical system a necessity. The list of standard accessories included power steering, a power seat, a heater, power windows, a signal-seeking pre-selector radio, windshield washers, and a power-operated convertible top. It is painted in Alpine White finish with a white convertible top. The car rides on Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke chrome-plated wire wheels, and period correct wide whitewall tires. The 1953 Eldorado is one of the most elegant American cars ever built.