1955 Cadillac Eldorado Restoration
Through the many years the Cadillac Parts & Restoration (CPR/FEN Enterprises) team has
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
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 middle 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: www.cprforyourcar.com.