1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
From the radically curved wrapround windshield to the "X" frame construction, the 1957 Cadillac was virtually all new. It was engineered to maintain the Cadillac motto "Standard of the World."
Stylists working under the direction of GM design chief, Harley Earl, made the '57 Eldorado more special than any preceding editions. The softly curved sections of the body- front to back- were inspired by GM's Motorama show cars. Special gold Sabre-spoke wheels and a gold grille were features on the Eldorado Biarritz convertible as well as a fiberglass "parade" boot in body color to cover the black top when down.
Standard equipment on the Eldorado included everything GM offered from full power equipment to E-Z eye tinted glass, to a rare option-- factory air-conditioning. When new, the Biarritz listed for $7286.
This Eldorado is powered by its original number matching 365 ci OHV engine, completely rebuilt top to bottom by a professional restorer. Pictures show how complete the rebuild was done. It develops 325 bhp at 4,800 rpm's and is fueled by the original twin 4-Barrel Carter Carburetor setup. The GM 4-speed Hydra-Matic Automatic transmission is also rebuilt.
It is important to note this is a California car that has had a FRAME OFF RESTORATION. The underside is rust free and finished correctly for show with some parts showing GM primer as intended!!. The body was stripped to bare metal and finished in its original color of Black. All of the chrome and gold trim has been refinished to high standards as well. A huge amount of documentation is in a large file box is with the car, along with pictures taken during the retoration. The complete black and white leather interior was in such great shape, it was retained in the car to show this car was never abused. Now ready to enjoy . $160,000
1932 Ford Model
1932 Ford Model B Deluxe Fordor Sedan
After building nearly five million Model A Fords from 1928 through 1931, Ford introduced a completely new car for the 1932 model year. The new 1932 Fords were completely redesigned from front to rear. The fenders were fully crowned and had dramatically, flowing proportions and the radiator shell was gently rounded with a separate, vertical grill assembly. The bodies were also completely redesigned to have a lower belt line, a lower top line, a raked windshield and the running boards were mounted directly to the frame, which, gave the car a lower and more modern appearance. The 1932 Ford would be a one-year only body design that would later become the most iconic Ford ever built. The popularity of the 1932 Ford cannot be overstated. Nearly 85 years later, the 1932 Ford is still the one of the most significant and sought after cars ever built.
Two models were built during 1932. The Model 18, which was powered by a new, V-8 engine and the four-cylinder, Model B. The Model B engine was a redesigned and significantly improved Model A engine. The power was increased from 40 to 50 horsepower and the engine featured a balanced crankshaft and a mechanical fuel pump instead of the old, gravity system used on the Model As. The intake and exhaust ports were improved and the engine had a redesigned camshaft and cylinder head. The new Model B engine proved to be robust and was considered my many to be more reliable than the troublesome new V-8.
This 1932 Model B Deluxe Fordor Sedan is a very original car that was just removed from a long-term collection. It had new paint and a proper uphlolstry installed and some light cosmetic restoration over the years but has never been taken apart. The body and fenders are all Henry Ford, original steel. There is no fiberglass or reproduction sheet metal on this car. The body is original and rock solid. The doors open and close as they should and fit the body with even gaps and margins. The hood aligns properly with the radiator shell and cowl. The fenders are just as smooth underneath as they are on the top. Underneath, the frame and chassis components are original and clean showing traces of original paint and retaining most of its original hardware. There is no evidence of any rust damage, neglect or repair. The iconic and original 1932 radiator shell and grill are original and excellent. This is a super solid and straight car.
Today, this paint shows overall minor wear but has a charming look to it. The interior appears to be partially original and shows minimal wear. It is very clean and matches the personality of the rest of the car. The chrome and stainless trim items such as the original bumpers, headlights, cowl lights, tail lights, and hubcaps are in good original condition. This is a very clean and presentable car that looks good inside and out.
The car has its original, 50 horsepower Model B engine. For reliable driving, it has been fitted with an aftermarket Tillotson carburetor, which is fed through a modern, electric fuel pump. A new water pump has recently been installed. The car starts easily and runs well. The car is equipped with its original 18” wire wheels, which have been fitted with older, replacement white wall tires.
This Deluxe Fordor Sedan is fitted with many factory and period accessories. The car has the rare, dual, side mounted spare tires-a feature rarely seen on 1932 Fords. It also has cowl lights, dual taillights, a rear mounted trunk rack, wind wings, a quail radiator cap and bud vases in the interior.
Original 1932 Fords rarely become available in today’s collector car marketplace. Most original cars were modified or built into hot rods many years ago. Finding an original, unmolested example of a 1932 Ford that has never been completely restored or modified is certainly a rare find. This Model B Deluxe Fordor is a very usable and authentic example of an iconic 1932 Ford that will become a great addition to any collection. $31,500.00