The Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado was among the limited-production specialty convertibles that General Motors introduced in 1953 to demonstrate its design leadership. A special-bodied, low-quantity convertible (532 units total), it featured elements from the 1952 El Dorado concept car, such as bumper bullets (or dagmars) and a wraparound windshield, as well as a lowered beltline. It was also beloved by GM's styling head Harley Earl, and incorporated by other car makers. It was available in four colors: Aztec red, Alpine white, azure blue, and artisan ochre; its convertible tops could be either black or white Orlon. Air conditioning and wire wheels were optional add-ons. The car's only identification mark was a gold "Eldorado" emblem on the center of the dashboard. The open car version had a hard tonneau cover which lay flush with the rear deck, and concealed the convertible top. Being based on the Series 62 convertible, and priced at US$7,750, the car was almost twice as pricey. It was 220.8 inches long and 80.1 inches wide, and its standard features included windshield washers, a signal-seeking radio, power windows, and a heater. The Eldorado only accounted for 0.5% of Cadillac's total sales in 1953.
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