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Offline rwchatham CLC 21892

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53 Eldo Custom
« on: March 21, 2021, 10:45:46 AM »
I am very curious to see what this one will do at auction being modified  will it be lower than stock or will it hit 400k ?

https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1953-CADILLAC-ELDORADO-CUSTOM-CONVERTIBLE-244626
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Offline D.Smith

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2021, 11:07:37 AM »
Interesting for sure.    I like that they went out of their way to try and keep it stock looking under the hood.

Seems like a car worth restoring to original, but it was saved not parted out.  That's a plus.
 

Offline jdemerson

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2021, 11:18:10 AM »
Thank you for posting.

Although not a fan of resto-mods, this one appears to be particularly well-done. The changes were made with a significant nod toward retaining the flavor of the original. Visually it's a 1953 Eldorado.  I wonder how the investment compares to what it would have taken to restore the Eldo to the standard of a 98-point authentic car?

It's hard to imagine it could hit 400K. But I suppose anything it possible...  Maybe 250K?

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Offline signart

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2021, 06:33:06 PM »
I'm ok with the looks of everything under the hood, but that after market '55 Chevy steering wheel was an unnecessary short cut and sticks out like a sore thumb. I would have preferred the factory column also. That ididit column & steering wheel is in every after market catalog and on half the resto mod & street rods in America. Otherwise, I love it.
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Offline Eric DeVirgilis CLC# 8621

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2021, 06:49:59 PM »


Although not a fan of resto-mods, this one appears to be particularly well-done. The changes were made with a significant nod toward retaining the flavor of the original. Visually it's a 1953 Eldorado.  I wonder how the investment compares to what it would have taken to restore the Eldo to the standard of a 98-point authentic car?

Agreed it does appear to be tastefully done.

As to the rest, it will probably follow the value trend that most resto-mods seem to follow: Highest value upon debut; decreasing over the long term thereafter. In other words, not the best long term investment if this is an important factor. But the individual buying such a car is probably not all that concerned about such matters whose main interest is modern car reliability (in theory anyway) with vintage aesthetics. 
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Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2021, 06:51:59 PM »
Funny thing is I quite like the '55 Chev Steering Wheel, but then I am a bit biased, having had a '55 Chev myself.

Bruce. >:D
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'70 Ranchero Squire (RHD)
'74 Chris Craft Gull Wing (SH)
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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

Offline James Landi

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2021, 07:34:41 AM »
It is lovely, and lovingly executed... I'm wondering though-- why not a nod toward greater comfort with an a/c unit, and here, I'm simply projecting, "If I were a rich man," I would buy this one and drive it regularly, and I'd want an a/c unit to cool my jets when it's too hot. There's lots of expendable cash sloshing around, so i'd expect a large  final auction number.  How about the interior soft goods??    James

Offline Vince Taliano #13852

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2021, 09:47:53 AM »
CLC member Larry Good featured this car in his most recent 1953 Eldorado article in the March issue of the Caddie Chronicle.  View at http://www.clcpotomacregion.org/forms/CLCPR.2103Newsletter.pdf, pages 12-14.
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Offline rwchatham CLC 21892

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2021, 12:26:18 PM »
Looks like it is on the docket for Saturday.
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Offline rwchatham CLC 21892

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2021, 01:44:27 PM »
Motor change and a sloppy undercarriage hurt it , fell flat at 145K.
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Offline James Landi

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Re: 53 Eldo Custom
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2021, 11:02:04 AM »
Did someone get "a bargain?"   James

 

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