Last updated on November 21, 2022
Today’s car is a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible and is owned by Melanie & Randy Hane. This is the first year of the Cadillac Eldorado and they were only produced as convertibles. It is finished in the striking Aztec Red with Red and White trimmed interior with a White convertible top. The disappearing top is a distinctive feature of the Eldorado with a smooth matching Aztec Red metal cover that gives the car a smooth flowing appearance. It is powered by a 210 hp, 331 cu in, 5.4 liter, V8, with a Rochester 4GC 4-barrel carburetor. Transferring that power to the rear wheels through 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and delivering that power through 3,07:1 rear end. Helping slow this baby down are hydraulic drum brakes all around. The front suspension is independent with coil springs and in the rear is a live rear axle with half-elliptic leaf springs. with shock absorbers all around. Another distinctive feature is the dip at the rear of the door giving the body a sensual curve. The wrap around windshield was only offered in the Eldorado in 1953. I particularly like the optional chrome spoked wheels to complete the look. The original MSRP was $7,750.00. There were 109,651 1953 Cadillacs produced with only 532 were Eldorados and only 43 of them were painted Aztec Red. The top speed was 109 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 14.1 seconds.
This is a great eye catching car that matches Melanie’s personality and her signature parasol along with matching wardrobe. This car is meant to have fun in it and Melanie and Randy have a lock on that. It is a standout at car shows, Cars and Coffee events, or just cruising around the beach. Thanks for riding along. Frank