3X – Right – Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Blitz!

Cadillac’s Top Model – Eldorado Biarritz

1960 Cadillac, 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, Restored 1960 Cadillac

When I saw this sexy Cadillac for sale at Auctions America Auburn Fall Auction – sorry, we missed it, it was Labor Day weekend… I immediately thought of a couple other Custom Cadillac Biarritz stories I did.

Before we get to that, what’s up with this award winning “Champagne Iridescent” Caddy?

The experts predict the sale price at $80-100k. Here’s what that gets you:

By the 1960s’ Cadillac had claimed its supremacy as the flagship line for General Motors and bested the rest of its competition in the luxury car segment. Although the Eldorado line was heavily equipped with many luxuries that were standard on most models, it is worth mentioning the accessories that complete this outstandingly restored Biarritz. This particular car includes all power steering, brakes, windows, seats, top, antenna, plus Cadillac Air Suspension, cruise control, air-conditioning and much more. It is finished in Champagne Iridescent with complementing gold leather interior and black vinyl top. It is powered by a 390-cid V-8 with a Hydra-Matic Drive transmission. Most importantly, this example benefits from a no-expense spared restoration and is the recipient of an AACA Senior Award in 2001, and is a 1st Prize winner of the 2010 AACA Special 75th Anniversary Meet. It exhibits an extreme appreciation for detail, including a period-original clock tag in the interior, jack instructions stickers in the trunk, a flawless engine bay complete with its factory tags and stickers, and a spotless undercarriage.

See the dozen detailed pictures of this 1960 Cadillac Biarritz here.

The amazing lengths folks will go to for a perfect restoration blow my mind. I get it, I like it… it’s the extreme… but, it highlights the differences that make, “My Ride is Me”.

And Now… The Eldorado Biarritz Customs:

Take these other Biarritz examples, both shown at the Grand National Roadster Show. First up, a 1959 Semi-Custom, or what I called a, “Custom Restoration” (I may need to trademark that) then a full blow, D’Agostino treated custom called, “Elvis II”.

Built by the Xtreme Restorations shop in Rhode Island, take in all 225 inches (that’s almost two football fields!) of this sweet custom Caddy. (To come totally clean, this one’s not a real Biarritz, but who cares!)

1959 Cadillac Eldorado cars, custom, biarritz fins, caddy, tailfins wide whitewalls
Photo by Paul “Swanee” Swanson

Not stock, but not over-custom, the interior is a factory color, but wasn’t part of the 1959 pallet. A nod to the custom crowd then with this wild interior!

1959 Cadillac Eldorado cars, custom, biarritz fins, caddy, tailfins interior
Photo by Paul “Swanee” Swanson

With nearly no nods to anyone but his customer’s will (and pocket book) John D’Agostino went all out on this Elvis-tribute Cadillac Biarritz convertible shown here. This one sports a laundry list of original options like the  3×2, 345 horse Q-code Cad motor. Only 1320 of these were built…

1959 caddy, kustom Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible Custom

The interior, right down to the rotary dial telephone, screams custom. Featuring Swedish white leather and blue calf skin details and a styled brocade blue insert. The carpet is Rolls Royce powder blue lambs wool. The top, not shown in any of these pictures is all white.

1959 caddy, kustom Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible Custom

So what’s your pleasure? Stock, semi or full custom?

Discuss below.

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