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Offline D.Smith

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1983 Eldorado convertible
« on: June 14, 2017, 01:50:21 PM »
Not my car.  Just a lead on a pretty car.   
Looks to be a Hess & Eisenhardt conversion of a base car, not a Biarritz like ASC did the next year.

1983 Cadillac Eldorado convertible - $8900 (Rutland, VT)

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1983 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible in good condition, no rust, runs good, custom exhaust.
 Summer's here - time to enjoy the ride.  89K miles.
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Offline V63

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 02:38:43 PM »
I have a 1984 H&E and the roof is cut off higher on the rear 1/4 by several inches?

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 03:09:54 PM »
Makes a nice change from red/white color combinations always seen on the 84/85 convertibles and the regular leather interior is another nice touch too.

A very unique Eldorado conversion.
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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 03:38:44 PM »
Cool! Another H&E car that for some reason got Biarritz moldings and kept the base interior. I have not seen a Hess car with a Biarritz interior. This one also had a Biarritz badge on the trunk that the silver car in question did not have. Here is one I found back in 2015, which I assumed someone added the moldings to. It also had a Bose radio which you couldn't get on an ASC car.







I think the cuts in the body look different because of the moldings.
1984 Eldorado Biarritz Coupe

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 03:41:46 PM »
Oops, my mistake. Not a Hess and Eisenhardt car at all! It is missing the top control switch and has the standard Eldo window controls. Wonder where it came from.
1984 Eldorado Biarritz Coupe

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 04:00:22 PM »
Genuine factory issue (3rd Gen) Eldo convertibles (EL67) were manufactured in 84/85 only, interior was Biarritz only and conversion work performed by American Sunroof Corporation (ASC) in CA. They were not H & E.

These cars are probably H & E Conversions.
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Offline smokuspollutus

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 05:44:15 PM »
True. But the silver car isn't an H&E. Hess put a small toggle switch in the space next to the radio knob, originally that was a little unused window but in 1983 it would have been cut into the "wood" part. This car doesn't have that.

And I thought I had this! A "real" H&E Biarritz I spotted for sale a while back.




Here is a shot of the H&E unique window control that the silver car is missing. You would think they would have just used the Seville setup, but I guess not.

1984 Eldorado Biarritz Coupe

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 06:28:08 PM »
Identification/distinguishing characteristics between various (aftermarket) coachbuilders is beyond my pay grade.

As to the Biarritz "spear" trim - I suspect it was used to hide some of the body work where alterations had taken place.

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Re: 1983 Eldorado convertible
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 09:25:17 PM »
I have an H and E touring suspension conversion, tag on driver's door. Mine has the standard seats [no pillow tops] and the rear windows don't go all the way down like the red car has. Padded lined top and Classic Cadillac grill JeRita 
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