George Barris Custom: 1970 Cadillac Eldorado del Cavallero
June 1, 2021 Update – The high bid of only $3,000 did not come close to the seller’s reserve price, so we’ve moved this unique Eldorado to our “Rides Still Available” page. Please feel free to contact Rudy directly at (877) 468-6497 if you would like to make a serious offer.
GuysWithRides.com is excited to offer this 34K original mile, 1970 Cadillac Eldorado del Cavallero commissioned by Legendary customizer George Barris. Claimed to be one of thirteen produced, this emerald green and white example is only one of two that also features the “Super Fly” headlight and grille treatment! Bidding opens Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Noon Eastern Time and continues for fourteen consecutive days through Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 7:00 pm. This rare Eldorado is currently located approximately one hour from Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Based upon our research, this 1970 Cadillac Eldorado was one of 13 total between 1967 and 1970 to receive famed Customizer George Barris’ del Cavallero” bespoke package in his famed Kustom City Shop located in North Hollywood, California. While 13 were made in total, only two reportedly received the “Superfly” grille treatment our auction car also features. This is the only example as well that we have come across that features a faux spare tire mounted to the trunk lid. There is a dashboard badge labeled “James L. McCarthy” whom we assume was the original buyer, however, we could not find any information either about him or his connection to this Eldorado.
The current owner purchased the car just two years ago and has added only approximately two hundred miles during that time, bring the total to 33,763 at this time. The original 500 cubic inch (8.2 Liter) is original to the car and you can hear in the walk-around video, sounds amazing. Based on our personal inspection and the extensive pictures provided, we believe we’ve done an accurate job showing that this is a driver-quality example.
As our walk-around video shows, this vintage Cadillac Eldorado starts up after a few cranks when cold and displays no oil burn. We did not notice any leaks during our time with the Eldorado. The only items that did not work during our photography session included the air conditioning system needing a charge and the power moonroof is currently not opening. We did come across pictures from a previous sale of this very car confirming the sunroof did work at one time.
To help you make informed bids, below is a summary of both the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool and Collector Car Marketplace estimates. Please bear in mind the values reflected in these guides are all based on sales of stock examples and not one with the special provenance this Eldorado enjoys.
Additionally, here’s a summary of Classic.Com’s recent comparable results from several sources. If desired, clicking on the picture below will navigate you to the market comparisons for earlier sales of similar Eldorados:
We’re pleased to report Joe agreed to a fair reserve price we believe will help find the next caretaker for this neat piece of Georg Barris history! If you have any questions about this car, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497. Thank you for looking and happy bidding!