Eldorado Cadillac History 1953

Eldorado Cadillac Models & History 1953

Inproper Spanish, El Dorado means “The Gilded One.” In the lore of the ancients it was a legendary golden kingdom, a place of fabulous riches located—or so it was believed—high in the snow-capped mountains of what is now Colombia. Over the years, “Eldorado” thus came to represent the best of everything: opulence, wealth, the good life. So it was also a completely logical choice as the name for a stunning new convertible that arrived as Cadillac’s style leader and its ultimate prestige car for 1953.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

Cadillac had startled the automotive world back in 1930 with America’s first sixteen-cylinder motorcar. The V-16 line never made a nickel in its 11 years of production. Chances are it wasn’t intended to. It was an image-builder. And with the help of these magnificent machines, Cadillac was indeed able to elbow its way past Packard to become the country’s most prestigious luxury make.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

The original Eldorado can be viewed in the same light, though the image it projected was vastly different. Instead of staid, classic dignity, it had flair, élan, panache. But like the Sixteen, it cost the world: $7750, fully 87 percent more than the standard Series 62 convertible. Also like its distinguished Thirties forebear, it was scarce: only 532 were built in that inaugural model year.

1953 Cadillac Eldorado

Many of us first saw the Eldorado on television. The date was January 20, 1953, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, easily the most popular hero of World War II, was being driven down Pennsylvania Avenue to his first inauguration as President of the United States Setting a jaunty tone for the new administration, our soon-to-be-anointed leader was shown in the back seat of the exotic new Cadillac we’d been reading about. (And how strange to recall a time not all that long ago when our President could greet a crowd from an open car without the need for a bulletproof barrier.) Of course, in the minds of committed car buffs the Chief Executive had been upstaged: we couldn’t take our eyes off that gorgeous Eldorado, the most glamorous machine yet seen from postwar Detroit.

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1953 Cadillac Eldorado

The first production Eldorado was inspired by a 1952 show car based on the normal Series 62 convertible as modified under the aegis of General Motors design chief Harley Earl. Along with the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, it was the first of GM’s Motorama dream machines to be offered for public sale.

Among its features were the new “Panoramic” wraparound windshields harbinger of things to come—plus a stylishly notched beltline and a flush-fitting metal cover to conceal the folded cloth top. Standing some three inches lower than its Series 62 cousin, the Eldorado had a longer, slinkier appearance, though its overall length was the same. Its interior, was upholstered in the finest leather, and a sparkling set of chromed wire wheels added a final touch of elegance. Standard equipment included radio, heater, white-sidewall tires, power steering and, of course, Hydra-Matic transmission. If there were any doubts that Cadillac reigned supreme in the prestige class, the Eldorado forever laid them to rest.

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1953 Cadillac Eldorado

Standard equipment included Hydra-Matic drive, wraparound windshield, special cut-down doors, rich leather-and-cloth upholstery, wire wheels, white sidewall tires, fog lamps, vanity and side mirrors, metal tonneau cover and signal-seeking radio. The convertible is a certified Milestone Car. The futuristic Cadillac LeMans show car convertible was displayed in 1953 and heavily influenced the styling of the 1954 Eldorado.

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1953 Cadillac Eldorado


1953 Cadillac Eldorado

  • Serial numbers and engine numbers were again one and the same.
  • They appeared on the right-hand side of the crankcase above the water pump and on the right frame side bar behind the engine support.
  • The first two symbols were “53” for 1953.
  • The next two symbols indicated the series as follows:
    • “62” = Series 62 (including Eldorado)
    • “60” = Series Sixty Special Fleetwood
    • “75” = Series 75 Fleetwood
  • The remaining digits represented the consecutive unit number and began with 00000 for all series.
  • All series had the same ending number, which would be misinterpreted if listed.


Model Number Body Style Doors Model Seat Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
53-62 6267S 2 Sport Convertible Coupe 5 $7750 2181 kg 532

NOTE: Hydraulic window lifts were standard equipment


Type V-8 Overhead valves.
Block Cast iron block.
Displacement 5.425 Liters
Bore and stroke 96.8mm x 92.1mm
Compression ratio 8.25:1.
Brake horsepower 210 hp @ 4150 rpm
Power 157 kW @ 4150 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings
Valve lifters Hydraulic valve lifters.
  • with Hydra-Matic Transmission:
    Carter WCFB four-barrel Model 2005S
    also – Rochester 4GC four-barrel Model 7005100.
  • with Dynaflow Transmission:
    Carter WCFB four-barrel Models 2088S, 2119S, and 2119SA
    also – Rochester 4GC four-barrel Model 7006215.

NOTE: After the Hydra-Matic plant fire approximately 19,000 Cadillacs were sold with Buick Dynaflow transmission attachments. This was referred to as the “Twin Turbine” drive.


Wheelbase 3200mm
Overall length 5608mm
Tires 8.00 x 15
Dual exhaust system standard.
Rear axle ratios 3.07:1


Heating and ventilation system $199
Power steering $177
Tinted E-Z-Eye glass $46
Autronic Eye Automatic headlamp beam control $53
Air conditioning $620


Standard equipment on the Style Number 6267S Eldorado sport convertible included:

  • Hydra-matic drive
  • wraparound windshield
  • special cut-down doors
  • rich leather-and-cloth upholstery
  • wire wheels
  • white sidewall tires
  • fog lamps
  • vanity and side mirrors
  • metal tonneau cover
  • signal-seeking radio

The Style Number 6267S Eldorado sport convertible is a certified Milestone Car. The futuristic Cadillac LeMans show car convertible was displayed this year and would heavily influence styling of the 1954 Eldorado. It has a special 270 horsepower V-8 with dual four-barrel carburetion and a fiberglass body, V-8 with dual four-barrel carburetion and a fiberglass body. Also, 28000 Cadillacs were built with Buick Dynaflow transmission after GM’s Hydramatic plant burned to the ground.

Charles E. Arnold was chief engineer

28000 Cadillacs were built with Buick Dynaflow transmission after GM’s Hydramatic plant burned to the ground.