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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

The influence of aviation on GM styling began in the late 1940's with the appearance of P-38 tail fins on the 1948 Cadillacs. By 1959, airplanes had been replaced by rockets and their influence is clearly seen in this Cadillac Eldorado Biaritz convertible, boasting the tallest tail fin ever seen on a production vehicle, standing 45 inches tall.

Powered by a modified version of the 390 CID V-8 found in all Cadillac's of the time, the Eldorado got a boost in power from three-two-barrel carburetors to deliver 345 horsepower. This kind of power would propel these 5,000 pound land rockets to a comfortable 130 mph top speed. Equipped with a long list of standard equipment not available as options on other cars, the Biaritz delivered luxury features such as air suspension, power vent windows, antenna and more to make this car the center of attention wherever it would go.


Related Reading : Cadillac Series 62 History

The Harley Earl designed Cadillac Series 62 was a very large vehicle that featured a large, 6,390 cc (390 cubic inch) V-8 engine. The back had large fins that did little for performance and handling but was all about the style of the vehicle. The design of the vehicle was inspired by the space program and the era of jet engines. The large, 4400 lb car was fitted with drum brakes. These often wore....
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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

Engine Num: 59E039718

The 1959 Cadillac represents the peak of American exuberance and the ongoing transition between the retiring Harley Earl and his successor, William Mitchell. Earl favored more chrome and taller tailfins while Mitchell preferred low, ground-hugging to....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

The Tallest Cadillac Tail Fins Ever
Eldorado is a French resort town on the Bay of Biscayne, north of the Spanish border. The Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, introduced in 1953, was the top-of-the-line prestige vehicle in the Cadillac line.....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 59E060153

The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz of 1959 was powered by an enlarged Q-code 390 cubic-inch V8 engine that breath through three two-barrel Rochester carburetors. It provided 345 horsepower which was sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed Hydra-Matic ....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

The 1959 Cadillac is a stunning visual reminder of the decade's automotive flamboyance. This six-passenger convertible showcases brand-new styling with large tailfins and twin bullet tail-lamps. Luxury options include an air suspension, electric do....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

No other car better says 1950's extravagant styling than the 1959 Cadillac. Eldorado was Cadillac's most extravagant model loaded with extra chrome and a three 2-barrel carburetor 345 horsepower version of the 390 cubic-inch V-8. This car features ....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 59E098025

Cadillac produced 1,320 examples of the Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. This example has been given a professional restoration and is powered by a 390 cubic-inch, overhead valve V8 engine mated to a 3-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. It has upgraded di....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

A total of 1,320 Eldorado Biarritz models were produced in 1959 and had a price tag of $7,401. The Eldorado is powered by a 390 cubic-inch V8 topped by three two-barrel Rochester carburetors. This power plant produces 345 horsepower and was mated to ....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 59E 004429

This Cadillac Biarritz left the factory finished in 'triple black' paintwork, including the trim, top, and exterior. Its specification included Autotronic eye and heater. ....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

This is perhaps the most iconic and the most flamboyant car from the 1950s. The 1959 Cadillac line was the pinnacle of the marques's use of the tailfin, a styling cue that first appeared in much more modest form on its 1948 lineup. Cadillac's signatu....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

The current family purchased this vehicle in Miami from the original owner in 1979 for $1100. It was one of the last cars transported out of Cuba in 1959.....[continue reading]

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz vehicle information

Convertible

The 1959 Eldorado Biarritz was a limited-production car - only 1,320 were built. Of these, a mere 99 were equipped with bucket seats. This Eldorado is finished in Persian Sand, the featured Biarritz color in 1959. The 390 cubic-inch V8 was rated at 3....[continue reading]

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Price Comparison

$590-$7,400
1959 Eldorado Biarritz
$7,400-$22,750
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Base Price : $7,400

$5,250 - $5,496

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)165,909
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)163,174
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)160,840
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)138,379
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)142,184
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)121,778
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)121,778
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)146,841
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)140,777
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)140,777
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)96,680

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