Started by robailey, January 21, 2011, 03:59:42 PM

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I have been watching the Barrett-Jackson auctions all week and where are the Cadillacs? I haven't seen one yet?
Rob Ailey
Seymour, TN

1975 Coupe Deville
1987 Fleetwood Sixty Special
2014 XTS

Chris Conklin

Situation normal for the Barrett Jackson Show... once it became a TV adventure it became fodder for the masses. If you do see a Cadillac cross under the lights it will likely be chopped, dropped, and shaved (not that that's necessarily a bad thing).

In the latest Self Starter Lars Kneller announces in the President's Message that we have partnered with BJ and acquired space at their venues and member discounts. I suppose the exposure will be a good thing. But I was saddened to go the back cover of the magazine and not find the usual full-page Cadillac advertisement. It was replaced by a BJ advert. Didn't quite grab me like a high quality shot of a CTS-V sliding sideways! So I flipped back through the entire issue to reaffirm what I thought I had (or had not) seen; no Cadillac advertising anywhere. Has Cadillac cut back on ad spend or have we lost some of their involvement and support? I suppose we should thank the folks at BJ for picking up the slack in their absence.
Chris Conklin

Jim Thompson

Have you noticed how weak the prices are?
1946 Cadillac model 61 fastback

R Schroeder

Friend of mine said this went through there. He thought it sold for 55 grand.


Is that a factory original color?  Looks more like the popular color combination of the '76's

R Schroeder

This might be the true color. Cameras always mess it up.

Just found the 3rd picture of the paint chips. Looks like they had a light color like that.

B. Como

BJ just sold a 59 Eldorado seville at $38k and back to back a 59 convertible that brought $70k....   both appeared to be fair prices in today's market...  the Seville looked very nice and for 1 of 900 made, sounds like a deal to me.

B. Como
B. Como # 21042

53 eldo
56 cdv

Jon Riley #13576

Considering the engine in the 55 Eldorado (yellow) at Barrett-Jackson is painted Ford blue,  I'm not sure they were too worried if they painted it a factory (exterior) color.    According to Barrett Jackson's website it sold for 55K +10% commission.

If you want big numbers on 50s Eldorados they must be in perfect, or overly perfect "factory" condition.  See the blue 56 Eldorado convertible at RM Auction's sale (today) that went for $286,000.

It will be interesting to see how the full classic Cadillacs do Barrett-Jackson. 

Mike Josephic CLC #3877

That '55 Eldo had a number of things wrong with it that were obvious even from the
few pics shown.

-- Missing rear quarter spear (bead) mouldings
-- Wrong top material (they used canvas, should be nylon)
-- Incorrect caps on Sabre wheels (gold was not used with chrome Sabres)
-- Questionable exterior color (a bit off in shade, appears to be)

I'm sure a close inspection would reveal many more things.  But, as another poster
said if you want top Dollar for a '50s Eldo it has to be restored "right".  This one
skipped a few steps.

The '56 (mentioned by the previous poster ) that sold at R&M was a really nice,
perfect restoration.  The engine compartment and everything shown was "right".

1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
2011 Buick Lucerne CX
CLCMRC Museum Benefactor #38
Past: VP International Affiliates, Museum Board Director, President / Director Pittsburgh Region

TonyZappone #2624

The 56 Eldo Biarritz that sold was my car.  I considered it to be the best original 56 Eldo anywhere.  It was amazing.  Charley Lloyd was the second owner, I was the third.  I talked to the daughters of the original owner who was from  Dillsburg, Pa.  He purchased the car in late 56, it was probably a leftover.  The daughters really wanted to see the car again, as when they were children, they had to sit in the rear seat, and never touch any part of the car.  Actually, the only restoration work I did was a complete repaint, because the touchup work that had been done on the car was horrible.  Also, I plated the aluminum bumper ends in the rear, although they were very solid, the plating had plumb peeled off.  I sold the car to Jim Covert who then lived in Florida.  I did not inquire of Jenkins interiors, because the car had the most beautiful original interior I had ever seen.  Jim, the ultimate restorer, would have nothing but a perfect restoration,and of course redid the interior as part of his total restoration.   His detail man told me how he spent two weeks doing many of the recalls on the transmission, indeed the transmission was a nuisance, I had small problems with all transmissions on the 56's I owned (4) except the Hess and Eisenhardt wagon.  Jim also installed an aftermarket air conditioner, with original 56 controls mounted under the dash as the car would have been if it was a factory installation.  After Jim finished the car, he insisted I drive it home to show my wife.  It was amazing, I am sure the car never performed that well when it was new.  That car sold at RM here in Florida about three years ago for around $260,000.    As I recall, the mileage was around 50,000.
Tony Zappone, #2624
1936 Pierce-Arrow conv sed
1947 Cadillac Conv cpe
1958 Cadillac conv
2016 Cadillac CT6 Platinum
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited



here is the car list  in scottsdale  just put cadillac in the search to see how many,

Cadillac got me!!!

TJ Hopland

So whats with pushing the cars?   Seems like with all the money there they could come up with some sort of conveyor if they dont want to run them.   With the weight and quality of some of the cars it seems that they could be risking damage by pushing them.
StPaul/Mpls, MN USA

73 Eldo convert w/FiTech EFI
80 Eldo Diesel
90 CDV
And other assorted stuff I keep buying for some reason

Brett Baird

I would guess with the number of cars that go through, they may be concerned about Carbon Monoxide.
B Baird
'41 Fleetwood 60 S
'59 Sedan DeVille 6339 "Flat-top"
'70 Eldorado

Fred Zwicker #23106

They may also be worried about liability issues if one of the cars should get out of control and run into the crowd.  The number of people on stage at B-J is already excessive.
1930 LaSalle Convertible Coupe, CCCA Senior
1939 LaSalle 2-Dr. Conv.  CLC Senior in 2008
1940 Cadillac Series 75 4 Dr. Convertible
1947 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
1948 Cadillac Convertible - modified by Holly (driver)
1966 Cadillac DeVille Conv. Restored - Red
See Pictures at

The Tassie Devil(le)

I always wondered that when I used to watch the Macom Auctions.

Only takes one mistake to change everything.

Bruce. >:D
'72 Eldorado Convertible (LHD)
'70 Ranchero Squire (RHD)
'74 Chris Craft Gull Wing (SH)
'02 VX Series II Holden Commodore SS Sedan
(Past President Modified Chapter)

Past Cars of significance - to me
1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe
1936 Ford 5 Window Coupe
1937 Chevrolet Sports Coupe
1955 Chevrolet Convertible
1959 Ford Fairlane Ranch Wagon
1960 Cadillac CDV
1972 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe