Discovering a Hidden Gem: The 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

A Dusty Discovery

There’s dust on the white paintwork and soil in the crevices. This is the story of a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible that spent decades parked in a barn, hidden from the world. Randy and the Carhaeology team have unearthed another treasure from the Massive California Car Hoard. This time, it’s a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, cloaked in dirt and steeped in history.

The Unexpected Purchase

About 20 years ago, the owner’s father encountered a stranger in a restaurant who wanted to sell a Cadillac. Intrigued, he saw it and immediately bought the 1956 Eldorado Biarritz. Cadillac introduced the two-door convertible that year, making this one of the earliest models. However, instead of cruising down sunny boulevards, the car was parked in a barn and left to gather dust for decades.

Unearthing the Eldorado

The Cadillac was found at the back of the barn, covered in a tarp almost fused with the car’s body. When Randy and his team tried to remove the tarp, it disintegrated, revealing layers of dirt. However, beneath the grime, the paintwork remained remarkably preserved.

A Peek Inside

The driver’s side window had been left down for years, leaving the interior far from pristine. The engine bay components, removed by the owner, sat in the passenger seat. Despite the neglect, the V8 engine and Hydra-Matic transmission sprang to life, coughing and sputtering before finally running smoothly.

The Great Escape

Pushing the 5,000-pound convertible out of the barn was no small feat. Once free, the Cadillac’s brakes and brake lights functioned, and the absence of smoke from the exhaust was a good sign. The wind blew off some dust, revealing the beautiful ivory paint beneath. A thorough wash promised to restore its former glory.

The Cabin and Trunk Challenge

The interior told a different story. The light blue leather seats were torn, and the team struggled with the keys, unable to open the trunk. Eventually, they discovered a button in the glove box that popped open, revealing tires, body components, and the front registration plate.


Preparing for Restoration

With weak brakes, reversing the Eldorado posed a risk to the barn’s structure, so the team opted to push it. Now, the car is ready for the next stage of restoration. Randy and his team are determined to revive it to its former glory, ensuring it runs smoothly and brakes safely.

A Classic in the Making

The fully restored 1956 Eldorado is expected to fetch a high price on the classic car market. According to, such models can sell for up to $400,000, depending on their condition. With the blue leather upholstery repaired and the V8 engine running correctly, this Cadillac could be labeled “excellent condition.”

A Slice of 1956

When this Cadillac was new, it marked a significant year for the automaker, which had reduced prices, leading to a surge in sales. Starting at $5,738 (around $65,000 today), Cadillac sold 6,050 units that year. This once-forgotten Eldorado is on its way to becoming a shining star in the classic car world.

Source: autoevolution

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