Auburn Fall | Lot 4136

1960 Cadillac Eldorado



$148,500 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

2 September 2017

  • 345 hp, 390 cu. in. V-8 engine with tri-carburetor setup
  • Hydra-Matic automatic transmission
  • One of only 100 to 200 reported built with factory bucket seats
  • Only 1,285 examples built in 1960
  • Factory air conditioning
  • Many standard power and convenience features
  • Nicely optioned
  • Restored in original colors

The 1960 Eldorado Biarritz is immediately distinguished by a handcrafted dual-bead molding that gracefully arches along the length of the car. Smartly styled identification logos are attractively placed and the decorative rear cove closely resembles the outstanding front grille. The classic silhouette has restrained use of embellishment and the front conveys such elegance that it might have been crafted by a master jeweler.

The 1960 edition of “The Standard of the World” signified a dramatic forwarding of contemporary motorcar design. New dignity, refinement and craftsmanship were all immediately evident throughout the spacious interior and dramatically-styled platform.

At the time Cadillac was looked as the ultimate in the full-sized luxury car market in North America. The extravagant 1959 model caused a sensation when introduced. For its 1960 models, Cadillac significantly refined their approach, shrinking the exaggerated fins from the previous year, reducing the amount of chrome trim, and created a more sophisticated statement. The full complement of power accessories was retained and is most impressive.

With a total of 13 Cadillac models issued in three series, the Eldorado Biarritz convertible was the most elegant and desirable. With only 1,285 similar cars built, and a cost when new of over $7,000, exclusivity was with this model then and now.

This beautiful car has been restored and is presented in its original color of Olympic White (code 12 as per data tag) with red interior and a white power-operated soft top; it exemplifies a rare piece of American luxury car “royalty,” especially since it is one of the uncommon examples fitted with the no-cost optional factory bucket seats (trim code 19B on the car’s data tag signifies Red Bucket Seats). While the figure of 99 cars seems consistent for these seats with the 1959 version; the records for the 1960 Eldorado Biarritz with this feature ranges are less definitive and various publications list the 1960 bucket seat cars as 100 to 200 in number.

Like all Eldorados, it is driven by the respected Cadillac 345-horsepower, 390-cubic inch V-8 engine with tri-carburetor setup which is paired to a Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. These cars are laden with standard features that would be options on any lesser automobiles. Among these features are the optional Autronic-Eye headlight dimmer (Guide-Matic in Cadillac parlance), power windows (including the vent windows). It also has power seats, factory AM radio with power antenna, factory air conditioning (data tag code K), heater/defroster, power door locks, power steering, power brakes and optional cruise control. Equipped with the correct wheels and factory fluted wheel discs, plus wide whitewall tires; this regal Eldorado Biarritz lives up to the promise of its elegant and respected reputation. Naturally, fender skirts are also a part of this unforgettable design. This is a very nicely restored car with strong cosmetic and mechanical attributes all adding to its status as a highly collectable Cadillac.

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