Chuck Berry's 1973 Cadillac Eldorado Parks Permanently at Smithsonian Museum

By Joel Arellano | December 06, 2011
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has donated one of his beloved Cadillac luxury cars to the Smithsonian Museum. Berry initially had been reluctant to part with any of his beauties which we, as car enthusiasts, can understand. Smithsonian curator Kevin Strait thus visited the rockstar at his home in Wentzville, Missouri, and persuaded him to part with his 1973 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. Smithsonian fleet manager Bill Griffiths was impressed when the Eldorado arrived at the museum's new restoration facility in Suitland, Maryland. "One of the things that's rare is that, for as old as this vehicle is, the chrome is immaculate," Griffith said during an interview with NPR. "The fact the hood ornament on here is factory original, it's amazing, and I think it's just a testament to the way he kept his cars." Visitors will be able to see Berry's 1973 Cadilac Eldorado in 2015 as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Source: NPR (Images courtesy of Bill Griffith / Smithsonian)