After observing its golden anniversary in 1952 Cadillac issued a flashy limited edition the El Dorado convertible, as Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Fiesta had done. The El Dorado was a preview of things to come for Cadillac.
1954 ushered in longer and wider cars, more power, new bodies with trendy wrap around windshields. The V-8s were boosted to 230 hp, new options, gold trim and genuine wire wheels were added. El Dorado became more distinctive again after 1954 sprouting pointy shark fins above round taillights. Other models retained the small taillight and fin motif from prior Cadillac years. Cadillac’s basic 1954 styling persisted through evolutionary facelifts for 1955 and 1956. The latter years brought the division’s first four door hard top known as the Sedan de Ville which immediately boosted sales.
Harley Earl designed this car.