This Schwinn Phantom, restored by Bob Usasi is painted with Candy Apple Red, an option for the Phantom starting in 1954. This bike also features a front drum brake, whitewall Typhoon Cord tires, leather seat, and tail light. This is about as good as it gets for Phantoms. Candy paint and a drum brake all on one bike? WOW! This is one sweet Schwinn!
The Mark II Jaguar is a great combination of balloon style and the riding comfort of a middle weight. This bike feature chrome fenders, horn tank with chrome trim, three speed thumb shifter, rear carrier with tail light, front spring trap carrier, front and reat caliper brakes, shrome S7 rims and Westwind white wall tires. These are excellent riders that have a lot of flash and style.
The 1953 Eldorado was a special-bodied, low-production convertible (532 units in total). It was the production version of the 1952 El Dorado “Golden Anniversary” concept car. Available in four unique colors (Aztec Red, Alpine White, Azure Blue and Artisan Ochre – the latter is a yellow hue, although it was shown erroneously as black in the color folder issued on this rare model). Convertible tops were available in either black or white Orlon. There was no special badging on the car, other than the “Eldorado” nameplate, in “gold”, in the center of the dash. A hard tonneau cover, flush with the rear deck, hid the top in the open car version. Although it was based on the regular Series 62 convertible and shared its engine, it was nearly twice as expensive at US$7,750.
This first Eldorado had a wraparound windshield and a cut-down beltline, the latter signifying a dip in the sheetmetal at the bottom of the side windows. These two touches were especially beloved by General Motors Styling Chief Harley Earl and subsequently were widely copied by other marques. In fact, throughout the 50s, Eldorado was GM’s styling leader, and since GM led the industry, where the Eldorado went, everyone else would tend to follow.
The Cadillac Eldorado was the longest running American personal luxury car as it was the only one sold after the 1998 model year. Its main competitors included the Mark Series and the lower-priced Buick Riviera. The name Eldorado was derived from the Spanish words “el dorado”, the “gilded one”; the name was given originally to the legendary chief or “cacique” of a S. American Indian tribe. Legend has it that his followers would sprinkle his body with gold dust on ceremonial occasions and he would wash it off again by diving into a lake. The name more frequently refers to a legendary city of fabulous riches, somewhere in S. America, that inspired many European expeditions, including one to the Orinoco by England’s Sir Walter Ralei