By the late fifties, Cadillac was looked as the ultimate in the full-sized luxury car market in North America. Although the extravagant 1959 model caused a sensation when introduced, it later came to be viewed as the zenith of automotive styling excess. For its 1960 models, Cadillac significantly refined their approach, shrinking the exaggerated fins from the previous year, reducing the amount of chrome trim, and in many other ways, creating a markedly more sophisticated statement. The full complement of power accessories was retained.
With a total of 13 Cadillac models issued in three series, the Eldorado Biarritz convertible was the most elegant and desirable of all. With only 1,285 similar cars reported built, and a cost when new of over $7,000, these factors ensured exclusivity then and now.
This beautiful car has been restored and is presented in its original color of Olympic White with red interior and a white power-operated soft-top; it exemplifies a rare piece of American luxury car “royalty,” especially since it is one of the uncommon examples fitted with factory bucket seats. While the figure of 99 cars seems consistent for these seats with the 1959 version; the records for the 1960 Eldorado Biarritz with this feature ranges are less definitive and various publications list the 1960 bucket seat cars as 100 to 200 in number.
Like all Eldorados, it is driven by the respected Cadillac 390-cid, 345-hp V-8 engine with tri-carburetor setup which is paired to a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. These cars are loaded with standard features that would be options on any lesser automobiles. Among these features are the optional Autronic-Eye headlight dimmer (Guide-Matic in Cadillac parlance), power windows (including the vent windows). It also power seats, factory AM radio with power antenna, factory air conditioning, heater/defroster, power door locks, power steering, power brakes and optional cruise control. Equipped with the correct wheels and factory fluted wheel discs, plus wide whitewall tires; this regal Eldorado Biarritz lives up to the promise of its elegant name. Naturally, fender skirts are also a part of this unforgettable design.
This is a very nicely restored car with strong cosmetic and mechanical attributes all adding to its status as a highly collectable Cadillac. Estimated to bring $175,000 – $200,000, it will be offered by Auctions America at its Fort Lauderdale sale on Saturday, April 2, 2016.