AJ's Car of the Day 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Car: Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Year: 1955

What makes it special: Cadillac's Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1952 to 2002 over ten generations. The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years, and the Eldorado was never less than second in price after the Cadillac Series 75 until 1966. In 1954, Eldorado lost its unique sheet metal and shared its basic body shell with standard Cadillacs. Distinguished now mainly by trim pieces, this allowed GM to lower the price and see a substantial increase in sales.

What made it famous: Eldorados had golden identifying crests centered directly behind the air-slot fenderbreaks and wide fluted beauty panels to decorate the lower rear bodysides. Also included in the production Eldorado convertible were monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters. For 1955, the Eldorado's body gained its own rear end styling with high, slender, pointed tailfins. Powering the Eldorado for 1955 was a 270hp, 331cid with a 2x4-barrel carburetor set-up.

Why I would want one: It was the height of American automobile status. If you drove a Cadillac Eldorado, you were obviously doing well in life.

Fun fact: Elvis Presley's iconic Pink Cadillac was a 1955 Fleetwood. It set style for the era, was sung about in popular culture, and was copied by others.