1956 Cadillac Eldorado so filthy it changed color, washed for first time in 20 years

  • This 1956 Cadillac Eldorado barn find had a serious glow-up
  • It sat in a garage under a tarp for 20 years
  • However, the car beneath the grime will make you gasp

Published on Jul 01, 2024 at 2:21 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jul 02, 2024 at 11:25 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

If watching barn finds being washed for the first time in decades is your ASMR, you won’t want to miss this 1956 Cadillac Eldorado getting a serious glow-up.

After sitting in squalor for 20 years, some serious dirt had accumulated – taking the car from its original shade to a dirty brown.

And the color it returns to is simply stunning.

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How did the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado get there?

A find from the Carchaeology team of content creators including Randy Carlson, they focus on ‘automotive mayhem and adventure’.

They cover classic cars and historical vehicles and, as in this case, barn finds.

Part of their ‘Massive California Car Hoard’ the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible came with a story as rich as the layer of dirt covering it.

Not unlike this WW2 veteran’s 1946 Cadillac – and his reaction to his son fixing it up will warm your cold heart.

20 years ago the owner’s father was approached in a restaurant by a stranger with a Cadillac.

The two-door convertible 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was likely to be one of the first to drive off the production line.

He jumped at the chance to take the almost 50-year-old Cadillac back to his garage – where it sat covered for another two decades.

How did they restore it?

However, the tarp didn’t keep the dirt away and almost stuck to the body of the car.

Thankfully the paintwork wasn’t damaged and washed away to reveal the unusual ivory finish beneath, which is complemented by the gold detailing of the badge, lettering, and multi-spoke wheels.

With the driver’s window open the light-blue-leather interior of the second-generation Eldorado sustained some damage with some components from the engine bay removed and placed in the passenger seat.

However, surprisingly the V8 engine, mated to the Hydra-matic transmission, is still running.

After pushing the 2,268 kg (5,000 lb) convertible out of the garage it’s clear that the brakes and brake lights of the Eldorado Biarritz work, too.

When they discover the button to open the trunk in the glove box, they find tires, body components, and the front registration plate inside.

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The Carchaeology team plans to fully restore and resell the classic car.

Per classic.com, the average price can reach an impressive $400,000.

Back in 1956, the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado originally entered the market from $5,738 – equivalent to $65,000 today.

6,050 units were sold.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.