1955 Cadillac Eldorado

1955 Cadillac Eldorado Restoration

Through the many years the Cadillac Parts & Restoration (CPR/FEN Enterprises) team has

"Bad Girl" 1955 Cadillac Eldorado restoration

1955 Cadillac Eldorado restoration

been in business they’ve restored/maintained/supplied parts for thousands of classic cars. But long before their reputation became international, they began work on their own 1955 Cadillac Eldorado.

Their story began as a small mail-order parts and supply business operating out of a spare room in their house. Little did they know that the niche business would soon expand into a full restoration shop in a brand-new building.

Like most classic car projects, the 1955 Cadillac Eldorado restoration was expected to present challenges. However, like what happens with some projects, the condition of the vehicle along with the rarity of some of its dealer-installed options led to a tougher than anticipated job. While the final result was an award-winning stunner, she was affectionately

1955 Cadillac restoration
“Bad Girl” 1955 Cadillac Eldorado

named “Bad Girl” in honor of the problems she presented.

“Bad Girl” went on to become perhaps the best-known 1955 Cadillac on the planet when she was selected by the Rolling Stones for a feature-role in the kickoff of their Bridges to Babylon world tour. The entire Brooklyn Bridge was closed down while Mick Jagger chauffuered his bandmates over the bridge in the red beauty while being televised live internationally on MTV.

The event’s publicity catapulted awareness of the FEN Enterprises name and resulted in a wave of publicity for the Cadillac restoration specialists.  While they’ve gone on to produce many of the world’s finest examples of restored classic Cadillacs perhaps the only moment that matched the excitement of the Rolling Stones event was at the awards banquet of the prestigious 2015 Cadillac & LaSalle Club Grand National Meet when they accepted the Best in Show trophy for their stunning 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville.

Although the name has changed, the CPR team continues its tradition of award-winning classic Cadillac restoration work. Their new facility is in Poughkeepsie, NY, right in the Cadillac Restoration logomiddle of the state’s historic Hudson Valley region and is easily accesible by plain, train and automobile. So, if you’re a classic car owner (yes, they restore all makes and models) give them a call at (845) 462-5959. They’ve has the same telephone number for over thirty years and will be happy to discuss your project and goals. To learn more, visit their website:



Classic Cadillac Resources

Founded from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company in 1902, Cadillac’s history is


1936 Cadillac restored by CPR

extensive and filled with innovations that set trends for the rest of the automotive industry. With its status as America’s premier luxury automaker and limited production numbers compared to other manufacturers, vintage Cadillacs remain among the most-desired vehicles in the collector car market.

The classic Cadillac community is not inconsiderable members take pride not only in their extensive knowledge but also in sharing their wisdom with others. The Cadillac & LaSalle Club is dedicated to the preservation of all things Cadillac and has chapters and members around the world.

Their website is full of information and members gain access to a wealth of expertise and advice. In addition, their national and international chapters hold many events where you can meet others who share a passion for the Cadillac brand.

Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors (GM), maintains an extensive database of historical information related to Cadillac and other GM makes and models. Their General Motors Heritage Center should be among the first places an owner of a vintage GM


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model should turn when seeking data about their classic car.

When it comes to restoring your classic car, you only need reach out to the experts at Cadillac Parts & Restoration. Located in the beautiful mid-Hudson region of New York State, their new Poughkeepsie restoration facility is conveniently located to regional rail and interstate highways making CPR easily accessible to those in the NYC-metro area as well as New England.

The Cadillac Parts & Restoration team has been serving the classic car community since 1984 with the formation of FEN Enterprises. Their renowned reputation is well-earned as they’ve produced some of the world’s finest restored Cadillacs.  So give them a call at (845) 462-5959. They’ve had the same telephone number for thirty years and will be glad to discuss your restoration project and goals.


Cadillac Restoration on Social Media

Times have certainly changed. Over thirty years ago (our FEN Enterprises days) and long before the internet became Cadillac-Parts-Restoration-logoa staple, we started advertising in Hemmings Motor News in order to reach the classic Cadillac community. That, along with word-of-mouth advertising was sufficient enough.

Today, of course, the world is a much smaller place and we’ve all heard the saying, “evolve or die.” So we’ve adapted and you can not only find us at but we also share our projects and accomplishments through various social media channels.

So for those wanting to learn more about and follow Cadillac Parts & Restoration and our classic Cadillac restoration projects, check out our social media channels below:

CPR’s Cadillac Restoration Facebook Page
Cadillac Parts & Restoration on Twitter
CPR’s Cadillac Restoration Projects on Instagram
Cadillac Parts & Restoration on Pinterest
Cadillac Parts & Restoration on Tumblr

Be sure to stay current with our restoration projects like this recently completed 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.


Completed 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz restoration project

Our craftsmen are known for their award-winning full restoration work but we also perform partial restoration, mechanical, suspension, paint, interior work and more. If your carburetor is acting up, we can rebuild it so it not only operates properly but looks as good as new. Is your driver-quality car running well but the engine bay looks awful, our engine compartment restoration work is second to none and you’ll once again be proud to raise that big ol’ hood.

If you’re a classic Cadillac owner and you are interested in partial or full restoration services, give CPR a call at (845) 462-5959. We’re conveniently located in Poughkeepsie, NY with easy train and highway access from the New York tri-state area and New England. Whether you drive it in or have it transported you’ll have plenty of transportation options available for your convenience.


1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz restoration

Some photos of a fairly recent 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz restoration project. When this vehicle was completed she was shipped halfway around the world to New Zealand to be reunited with her owner.

This car was sent to us partially and not-well restored which added some challenges but, in the end, the results are remarkable. We’ve been getting more 1961 Cadillac convertible restoration projects in of late and the model year is becoming quite popular.

No matter the year classic Cadillac you have, our expert restoration team can get it back to better than new condition. Our Poughkeepsie, NY location is conveniently located to major highways and the local Amtrak/Metro-North station so give Cadillac Parts & Restoration a call at 845-462-5959 and we’d be happy to discuss your goals and how we can help.


1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz restoration by CPR


Tail fin view of the CPR-restored 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz


Cadillac Carburetor Rebuilding

Crucial to your classic Cadillac’s performance is the carburetor. With today’s fuel OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdelivery technology, it is difficult to find a competent provider to rebuild your carb. Our expert service will get your carburetor operating and looking like new.

Visit CPR’s website to learn more about our Cadillac carburetor rebuilding service.  We produce not just the best looking but also the best performing restored Cadillacs in the world and we’d be honored to put our experience and expertise to work getting your classic performing a good as new.



Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones and “Bad Girl”

Our Cadillac restoration history dates back to 1984 when FEN Enterprises was formed. 1955-Cadillac-Rolling-Stones-CPR1What began as a small parts and supplies retail business quickly expanded into restoration. One of our very first projects was a quite challenging 1955 Cadillac Eldorado that we named “Bad Girl” due to the difficulties she gave our team.

Little did we know but that 1955 Eldorado became the most widely publicized car of its kind due not only to the awards it earned but also because of some Rock and Roll band you may have heard of. They’re led by a chap named Mick Jagger and go by the name 1955-Cadillac-Rolling-Stones-CPR3“Rolling Stones.”

The kick off  of their 1997 Bridges to Babylon world tour was an elaborate affair. MTV televised it live across the world and the Brooklyn Bridge was closed down entirely so Jagger could chauffeur his band mates across the bridge while filmed live by helicopter.

An iconic band, an iconic landmark and a world tour kickoff needed just the right car for the event and they chose our 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, “Bad Girl.” Bright red with gleaming chrome, she was the perfect choice and nearly stole the show from the Hall of Fame rockers.

Although that was twenty years ago, it remains fresh in our memories and a story to be told with great pride. Our team now operates as Cadillac Parts & Restoration but we continue our tradition of producing the world’s finest examples of restored Cadillacs.


Elsa Mauer, “The Cadillac Queen” in her 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, aka “Bad Girl”