For the streets of the City of Gold
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
The finest and best restored Eldorado in the world? Possible. This car, wearing a superb Bahama Blue hue with a matching interior, is completely loaded... power steering, power brakes, power windows, power vent windows, plus a parade boot and airconditioning. Boulevard cruising can be a cinch with its 305-horsepower V8 fettled with two four-barrel carburettors. The convertible version of the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado was called the Biarritz and not surprisingly, was not cheap in those days. Only 2,150 Convertibles were produced, which make them some really special cars from General Motors in the 1950s.
Sold for $231,000
1946 Mercury Convertible
This car once belonged to a young woman in San Francisco who made it big during the unregulated wartime years serving soldiers, sailors and airmen in the Bay Area’s military zone. This was one of the 6,044 Mercury Convertibles produced in 1946. With a V8 to provide motive power, the Mercury is equipped with bumper overriders, wing tips, hub caps, wide white wall tires, factory radio, clock, power top, spare tyre and tools
Sold for $112,750
1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons Roadster
In 1928, Studebaker introduced the President in an attempt to play with Cadillac, Duesenberg and Pierce-Arrow. Beautifully and passionately built, the President was powered by a 5500cc eight-cylinder engine that won numerous motorsport records for the manufacturer. Many consider the design of the Four Seasons Roadster as the best design of the marque in the 1930s. This example from 1931 features lovely accessories and options like wind wings, dual side-mounted spare tires, white wall tyres, a rear-mounted trunk, dual driving lights and a golf bag door among others.
Sold for $188,100 ou wood if you could 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
It seems bizarre to us now, but the wooden bodywork on these Chryslers were much in demand. Prices of these cars were close to those of Cadillacs, and these ‘Woodies’ as they were famously known, had quite a few celebrities as owners, including Bob Hope and Clark Gable. This particular Town & Country Convertible features the original straight-eight and other special bits like dual spotlights, radio, clock, heater and Wilton wool carpets. Reportedly, it runs and drives like new. Perfect for the ye olde country gentleman.
Sold for $107,250
This car was meant for drivin’
1968 Dodge Charger ‘General Lee’
Everybody knows the car that became a star in its own right in the Dukes of Hazzard television series. General Lee, the Confederate Dodge Charger performed its own stunts! This Charger however is from the 2005 flick adapted from the television series. Yes, the same car which Jessica Simpson washed with um, great amounts of love and care (if you actually heard it, she even sang a song). General Lee came with a certificate of authenticity from Warner Brothers Studios and if you tooted the horn, it rang the distinctive ‘Dixie’ tune!
Sold for $82,500
1952 Buick Model 56C Convertible
This classic Buick’s claim to fame is that it starred along with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in the Academy Award winning film, The Hours. Powered by the renowned straight-eight, this toothy Buick has received a 12-volt conversion and a new power top.
Sold for $50,600 Indypendence
1946 Lincoln Continental Indy Pace Car
The Continental design was Edsel Ford’s brainchild and in 1939, it was specially created for him to show off during his vacations in Florida. After WWII, it was revived, and Lincoln set out to manufacture these with slight revisions between 1946 and 1948. In 1946, Edsel’s son Henry Ford II drove one such Continental as a pace car at the Indianapolis 500. However, it cannot be confirmed as this is the original car driven by the old man’s grandson. At the Indy 500 in 2005, this was the only car to be driven on parade before the start of the race.
Sold for $104,500
1957 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon
What a car to chrome all over the US in. Pontiac introduced the Safari Station Wagon in 1955, and in 1957 gave it the new Star Flight (phew!) styling. The two-door Custom Safari got company in the form of the four-door Custom Safari Transcontinental Station Wagon. Only 3,186 examples were produced, of the 340,000 cars that Pontiac rolled out that year. The gratuitous use of shiny metal and aerospace styling apart, this Safari wears all the factory options available: air conditioning, Tri-Power carburetion, power steering, power brakes, power windows, a six-way adjustable front seat, radio, heater, and a leather interior.
Sold for $112,750