1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz engineBut, so long as the hood is up, peer into its gaping mouth and the car will continue to impress. Seriously, every single thing I looked at appeared not just refurbished but absolutely brand spanking new–engine component decals and all. As if it had never left the factory floor.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz interior - dash boardI found the engine bay noteworthy but the interior was nothing short of phenomenal. Apart from the smell of the leather, there was that genuine “new car” smell inside. Not necessarily the chemical smell in today’s new cars but rather a scent of newness.

The rubber floor mats seemed out of place against the plush, deep-pile carpeting; however, they wore matching Cadillac embossing and had a vintage look to them. They could have been a factory approximation or even originals.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz interior - drivers seat controlsRemember the leather seating surfaces I mentioned? They are fully adjustable via power controls on the seat’s side which had a very similar look to what GM would use well into the 1980s. There are also, quite effective, courtesy lamps mounted seat-side.

The Eldorado actually had abundant lighting touches thoughtfully placed throughout.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz interior - rear seatsNot incredibly clear in this picture is Eldorado’s cavernous rear seating area. Backseat passengers were treated to lounge-like comfort and shiny metallic window controls, cigarette lighters and ashtrays.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz interior - radio controlsAll of the surfaces, every button and knob right down to the radio controls glistened with a just-manufactured look.

Notice yet another interior courtesy light above the radio.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz front three-qtr pass sideIn this shot to the right there are two things I’d like to point out. First, I’ve blurred out the vehicle that was sitting to the Eldorado’s left. It was the Duesenberg. I want to save it’s appearance for it’s own post. (Savvy observers will notice one picture in the gallery reveals the exquisite 1929 Model “J” reflecting off of the Caddy’s lustrous side.)

The second thing is that, standing just out of sight, behind the Eldorado’s opened hood (I won’t forgive myself for not closing it) is its owner. He was quite a gracious man, allowing me to photograph his car all I wanted. He was wrapped up in conversation with the shop’s owner so I didn’t get the opportunity to talk with him, or even get his name. (Jay Leno’s name, also a Duesenberg owner, was being thrown around.)

Despite not knowing the name of the Eldorado owner, I tip my hat to the quality of work that he’s had done to it. I have never seen a cleaner example of any car from the 1950s.

One more thing about the man fortunate enough to own that Cadillac: he was absolutely smitten by the Duesenberg. His jaw quite literally dropped when he walked in and saw it. He appeared to be as excited about it as I was about how my entire day had unfolded.

It’s probably safe to say that, when it comes to cars, desire is relative–which is saying a lot about that Duesenberg.

(For the security of the cars stored and being worked on in the shop, I have intentionally not disclosed its name or location but, for what it’s worth, my thanks go out to the shop’s owner for allowing me to photograph its contents.)


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