Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
1958 marked the last year before Harley Earl went over the top with Cadillac tail fins. More elegant and subdued, the 1958 tail fins created a sense of motion and careful aim. At 221.8 inches from nose to tail – an astonishing 18 feet, 5 inches – the Eldorado Biarritz was an enormous, imposing automobile, its length comparable with a modern Escalade ESV.
Supreme among the chrome monsters of the 1950s was the 1958 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. Its ferocity was more than suggested by the styling – under its solid steel hood was Cadillac’s 365 cubic inch engine, producing 335 horsepower and topped with three two-barrel carburetors. The interior was on par with any luxury car of the era. It had the finest materials, and the lengthy list of options included every comfort and convenience feature Cadillac could conceive, ensuring that driver and passengers enjoyed a top of the line motoring experience. The Eldorado Biarritz’s combination of power and presence has arguably never been repeated in such spectacular fashion.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan and in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia. Also part of the event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.
335 hp, 365 cu. in. overhead valve eight-cylinder engine, three two-barrel carburetors, four-speed Hydramatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live axle rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel; Teddy Pieper