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Offline Eldorado Tex

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Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:19:09 PM »
What all years and models of Cadillacs could be had with brass and gold trim, grills, wheels?

Also, are the grills just painted and the gold trim and wheels just gold chrome plated?

Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 06:18:25 PM »
Your question is pretty general, but some guidlines:

As far as the 50's cars the "jewelry" was either gold plated or anodized
in the case of aluminum trim (anodizing started in 1956-1957).
Most of the gold plated trim on the earlier 50's cars was on the Eldorados.

If it's painted gold, it's an attempt to do a cheap cover-up job and skip the
plating.

Did you have a particular year in mind?

Mike
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Offline Eldorado Tex

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Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2012, 03:18:02 PM »
Mainly wanted to know about the 50s.

Do most chrome platers do gold and anodizing too? How is the comparison in price?
Were the brass grills painted?

Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2012, 05:21:10 PM »
Some of the better chrome platers also do gold, but not all.

Anodizing is a completely different process so it's usually only done
by firms specializing in that.  However, there are a few exceptions.

As far as painted grills on Caddys of that era, I don't know of any
off hand.

Mike

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
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Past: VP International Affiliates, Museum Board Director, President / Director Pittsburgh Region

Offline Eldorado Tex

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Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 05:10:42 PM »
So what process was used for the grills to get their color?

Offline Eldovert

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Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 06:58:31 PM »
Tex,
The grills were anodized aluminum.
Cheers,Pat MacPhail

Offline veesixteen

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Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2012, 07:56:44 AM »
The "gold" fad began with the 1953 models (1953 was Cadillac's "Golden Anniversary").  It ended with the 1958 models.
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Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012, 06:13:21 PM »
The gold actually started in 1952 which was the Golden Anniversary of Cadillac, not 1953.
Bob
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Re: Brass and gold on Cadillacs?
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012, 10:38:46 PM »
Right, Bob.  I am definitely getting old !
Yann Saunders, CLC #12588
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