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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Larkspur Eldorado: 1955

Larkspur Eldorado: 1955

1955 Cadillac Eldorado, photographed in the fall of that year by the nine-year-old me, then at the height of my kidhood car fascination. You can tell the part of the car that fascinated me most by how I aimed the camera. I also talked my brother into taking a Kodachrome slide of it. We were on one of the walks we were wont to take around our home town of Larkspur, California. This shot also captures, at the left, a significant moment in Larkspur history: the building of the first homes in the first major post-war housing development, Hillview Gardens. The houses sold in the low 20Ks. The following year the first kids from there started showing up in my classes at Larkspur-Corte Madera School. View full size.

Moving in?

A small family could probably live in that trunk.

1956 Cadillac

My first interest in Cadillac cars was in 1949 when my future father-in-law had a 1947 4 door sedan. For a few years he would get a two year old car from his brother every two years, I don't have a picture. Then in 1956 my cousin Jessie Carr of Carr Town (now known as Stafford Township, NJ) bought a two door. The following year I turned 17 and was able to drive it. Then in 1985 I bought my first two door front wheel drive Cadillac, it was new. During the next 28 years I bought various Cadillacs both front wheel and rear wheel drive, some were new. I had a 1978 rear wheel drive that was driven 400,000 miles and the engine was never opened and the transmission was OK too. But, I finally sent it to the scrap yard. We just purchased a 2001 DeVille that immediately required an engine replacement. It seems to be a good choice and this is the tenth Cadillac. I have driven 2 million miles in Cadillac cars, they are the best. The 1956 is pictured here.

And so was I

at 11! We didn't realize it at the time, but we were getting a three-year preview of what the rear of a '58 Cadillac would look like!

Forty years ago this summer, a friend of mine and I drove a 1955 Eldorado convertible, freshly restored, from Waco, TX to the 20th Texas Tour in Kerville in the beautiful Hill Country where I had attended Camp Rio Vista in '54. It was white with a white top, black and white interior and had an aftermarket air-conditioner installed to make the trip comfortable. To show how recent those cars still appeared to everyone, when we drove it in the big parade through downtown Kerrville, people would shout "Hey, that's not an old car!" That's when cars from the early 1900's were still the main attraction at tours.

Not a poodleskirt in sight

According to www.measuringwealth.com that $20k is now about $765k in economic power.

Where's the girl in the poodle skirt draped over those sexy fins?

[This being Larkspur, the homes in Hillview Gardens currently sell in the $1.1-$1.9 million range, the one in the photo for $1.29 million in 2011. -tterrace]

Yup, '55

Right you are Dave. The '56 had vertical strakes in the rear bumper ends and distinct teeth in the faux fender scoop.

'55 here: http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/1cad552.html
and here: http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/x551.html

'56 here: http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/cad56_1.html

I was smitten by those beauties as well at 10 years old!

BTW this is a great reference for IDing specific years: http://www.lov2xlr8.no/broch1.html

[The easiest way to tell the difference between the two years is from the rear: 1955 Eldos had a round exhaust port; in 1956 it was oblong.]

Next year

It's a 1956 Eldorado convertible. The 1955's had a completely different body style. A 1956 Eldorado convertible in very good condition might fetch over $100,000 today.

[Wrong, erroneous, incorrect. This is a 1955 Eldorado. Go do your homework, and no TV. - Dave]

 
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