Lot 163

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

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$224,000 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona

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Chassis No.
59E039718
Engine No.
59E039718
Body No.
539
Documents
Canadian Registration
  • The pinnacle of extravagant 1950s American design
  • Finished in its factory-correct, Eldorado-only color of Hampton Green over a Slate Green Metallic interior
  • Features a high-quality, well-maintained restoration, with updated air suspension for a reliable ride
  • Offered with original air suspension, parade boot, and owner’s manual, as well as Cadillac build sheet copy

For most, the 1959 Cadillac embodies its decade as much as neon signs, Elvis Presley, and Hula-Hoops. Its styling represents the peak of American exuberance, as well as the ongoing transition from the retiring Harley Earl to his successor, William Mitchell. Mitchell favored low, ground-hugging torpedoes, while Earl wanted ever more chrome and taller tail fins. The 1959 Cadillac combined both successfully, bearing David Holls’ famous tail fins—the largest ever installed on an American production car—and chrome galore.

However, the 1959 Cadillacs were not merely high-finned glamour wagons; they were, as historian Maurice Hendry wrote, “undeniably excellent” in every way. This was never truer than in the top-of-the-line Eldorado series, which offered a list of sumptuous luxuries, like power brakes, power steering, a “tri-power” 345-horsepower V-8, and Hydra-Matic Drive, all as standard equipment.

Arguably the most desirable of the Eldorados was the Biarritz convertible; it was Cadillac’s most expensive open-air car for 1959, and 1,320 of them were built. Offered here is an exceptional example that was professionally restored some years ago and has been carefully maintained since, with only minor signs of road use and wear throughout. It is finished in the Eldorado-only color of Hampton Green, which is factory-correct for this car, well-complemented by the correct Slate Green Metallic upholstery and white pinpoint vinyl convertible top, which folds away underneath the desirable three-piece fiberglass “parade boot.”

Among the very few options that could be had on this car were the Autronic Eye automatic headlamp dimmer and the E-Z Eye tinted glass, and this car has both. When acquired by a previous owner, a respected Midwestern collector, the car still rode on its original air-suspension system. This system was standard on 1959 Eldorados, but it is very rare to still find it intact today. The air suspension was removed from this car and replaced with a new, improved air-suspension system for better reliability, and it provides an unparalleled ride befitting of one of the finest boulevard cruisers of its time. Fortunately, the original air-suspension system is also supplied with this car, should the new owner wish to reinstall it for shows, as well as the parade boot and owner’s manual.

For many, the 1959 Cadillac represents the peak of American industrial design in its era. The Eldorado Biarritz is the most desirable among its ranks. Offered here is a car that is beautifully restored and properly presented on air suspension and in its striking original color scheme—a car truly worth flaunting, whether at a local cruise or on the show field.