Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

By the late fifties, Cadillac would reign supreme over 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 pinnacle of automotive styling excess.

For its 1960 models, Cadillac significantly refined their approach, shrinking the exaggerated fins from the previous year and reducing the abundance of chrome trim, all of which created an infinitely more elegant automobile. The full complement of power accessories was retained, and only 1,285 Eldorado Biarritz Convertibles were produced. At a cost to the public of over $7,000 new, it ensured its exclusivity both then and now. Perhaps GM’s Executive Director of Styling from that period, Dave Holls described the car best – “I finally got it right with the 1960 Cadillac. I compare the 1959 model to actress Sophie Tucker, but the ’60 Cadillac is pure Grace Kelley.”

Part of the RM Auctions in Rochester, 2010 and the event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.

345 bhp, 390 cu. in. V8 engine with tri-carburetor setup, column shift Hydramatic automatic transmission, shocks and coil spring independent suspension via pneumatic airbags and four-wheel power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper

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