1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
Lot No. 556
Auctioned on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sold for $255,750
In 1959, the Eldorado sub-series included the Seville hardtop and the Biarritz convertible, along with the Brougham four-door hardtop. Standard Eldorado features included all the items available on the Series 62 DeVille line and beyond, including a heater, fog lamps, air suspension, a radio with a rear-mounted speaker, power windows and vent windows, a six-way power seat, power top, remote-control trunk lid lock, electric door locks and whitewall tires. Additional amenities include numerous lighting conveniences, visor vanity mirror and fluted wheel discs. In fact, only four options were available: air conditioning, cruise control, the Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer, and E-Z Eye glass, all of which are seen on this Biarritz. The elegant interior is complemented by an abundance of brushed aluminum trim.
The Eldorado featured the ultimate Cadillac engine for 1959, the enlarged Q-code 390 cubic inch V-8, which was topped by three two-barrel Rochester carburetors. This engine produces 345 horsepower, and is mated to a three-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission as standard equipment. Power steering and brakes were also part of the package of standards offered.
By the late 1950s, Cadillac reigned supreme over the full-sized luxury car market in North America with exciting products that featured advanced engineering and the leading-edge styling of Harley Earl. While the 1959 Eldorado was controversial and misunderstood in its heyday, the collectors and critics of today agree that it possesses an unmatched combination of power, presence and luxury.
The pinnacle of the Cadillac line in 1959, the Eldorado Biarritz Convertible carried a base price of a then whopping $7,401; only 1,320 examples of this model were produced in the 1959 model year.