1960 Cadillac Eldorado

Dark metallic blue with light blue interior and white vinyl roof

Engine: V8, three Rochester two-barrel carburetors, 390ci, 345bhp at 4800rpm; Gearbox: Hydra-Matic automatic; Suspension: independent front and live rear axle with springs; Brakes: front and rear drum. Left hand drive.

The mid to late 1950s marked a completely new era for automobiles. During and immediately following the War, Americans tended to conserve their money, whereas by the 1950s there was more disposable wealth and even opulence. For the first time many Americans could be frivolous and afford themselves some luxury. Reflecting this, the automakers of Detroit decided to produce a line of super luxury vehicles. These cars were designed to be exclusive, flashy status symbols and naturally they carried high price tags.

Eldorado was the fabled city of gold that the Spanish Conquistadores had come to the New World searching for and it was to be a fitting name for Cadillac's prestigious line-up of cars. The Eldorado range had many unique design elements such as the chrome edged 'shark style' fins, jet pod exhausts and twin round taillights halfway up the fenders.

When Cadillac unveiled its moderately restyled Eldorado in 1956, the American public responded by bolstering the marque's sales to over 150,000 for the first time in the company's history. With ten different body styles to choose from, including the introduction of the Seville Coupe, the two ton Cadillac exhibited a multitude of times and demonstrated the varied and versatile styling concepts of General Motors' chief designer, Harley Earl.

For 1960 Cadillac intrinsically maintained the previous year's spectacular design, if only by slightly toning down its appearance. The taillights were now blended into the end of the fins, and the rear now became more jet-like with rear lights stacked at the wing ends. These changes did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for the striking Eldorado Seville, with sales figures staying constant in the region of 1,000 units for the year. Further, historical footnotes provide that the 1960 Cadillac was selected by Car Life as the 'Best buy in the luxury field' and was reported to achieve approximately 14 miles per gallon while cruising along at 60mph.

The Eldorado Seville offered by Christie's is a truly spectacular car having undergone a complete frame up restoration. While much is synonymous with the convertible Cadillacs of this era, one must instantly appreciate the dramatic styling of the Seville coupe, particularly the lines of the enormous rear window meeting with the rear end which incorporates part yacht and jet airplane. Sprayed and trimmed in very handsome blue with the offsetting white vinyl top, this car exemplifies the era with its classic looks.

Notably living much of its life in a dry southern climate, this Seville is rust-free and has a host of popular options including factory air conditioning, radial wide whitewall tires, and a retrofitted suspension comprising of springs rather than the often troublesome air suspension originally supplied. The Seville coupe is accompanied by an extensive file of documentation including original owners' manual, service bulletins, warranty paperwork, salesman's training packet and factory sales brochures. In all, a very compelling and tidy package for the iconic 'land-yacht' of the Sixties. Having cost a small fortune to restore and presented in fine condition throughout, Christie's recommends close inspection of this stylish cruiser.

Source - Christies

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1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Biarritz Convertible
Designer: Dave Holls

Wearing the signature design of Dave Holls, in an era where no design was too wild, the nineteen-foot-long Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible you see before you is a more reserved version created for 1960. Powered by a 390 cubic inch, 345 horsep....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Brougham
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 87

The 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is a little-known, but highly significant automobile. Perhaps its most notable distinction is the fact that it is the last of the custom-bodied Cadillac's. The bodies on these cars were hand built in Italy by Pin....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Biarritz Convertible
Designer: Dave Holls

Cadillac introduced the Eldorado convertible in 1953 and it was known as a status symbol around the world throughout the 1950's, 60's, and beyond. Car Life magazine selected the 1960 Cadillac as its 'Best buy in the luxury field.' The Biarritz sold....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Biarritz Convertible
Designer: Dave Holls

The Eldorado was near the top of the Cadillac line during the early part of its existence. It was part of Cadillac from 1953 to 2002 and is the longest running American personal luxury car. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and Eldorado Brougham....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Biarritz Convertible
Designer: Dave Holls

Although the 1959 Cadillacs may be the most recognized, the 1960 models are certainly among the most beautiful. At the top of the lineup is the Eldorado Biarritz. With a smoother and more subdued look, it is among the most desirable Personal Luxury c....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Biarritz Convertible
Designer: Dave Holls

Chassis Num: 60E017303

This 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Meadow Brook. The car has spent most of its life in California and was treated to a complete frame-up restoration in 2000. The exterior is finishe....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Biarritz Convertible
Designer: Dave Holls

Chassis Num: 80E117574

In 2009, this 1960 Cadillac Biarritz Convertible was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $60,000 - $90,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $65,000 including buyer's premiu....[continue reading]

1960 Cadillac Eldorado vehicle information

Brougham
Coachwork: Pininfarina

This Brougham is #16 of the 101 made for the 1960 model year. The design styling was done by Chuck Jordan and Dave Holls in Michigan at the GM Technical Center. For cost saving reasons the hand made body was made in Italy by the coach builder Pinin F....[continue reading]

Biarritz Convertible
 
Brougham by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 87 
Biarritz Convertible
 
Biarritz Convertible
 
Biarritz Convertible
 
Biarritz Convertible
Chassis #: 60E017303 
Biarritz Convertible
Chassis #: 80E117574 
Brougham by Pininfarina
 

Related Reading : Cadillac Eldorado History

The Eldorado was a word with many meanings. It was chosen as the name to adore an upscale car that was built by Cadillac to celebrate its Golden Anniversary in 1952. Mary-Ann Zukosky, a secretary in the merchandising department, participated in a in-house competition and suggested the name. Eldorado was derived from the Spanish words el dorado meaning golden one. The name had first been used....
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