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Lot 144

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Coachwork by Fisher

SOLD $181,500

Estimate

$175,000 - $225,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

58E047525

Car Highlights

One of Only 815 Manufactured
World-Class Restoration by Marque Specialists
One of the Finest GM Designs of the 1950s
Best in Class at Greystone Mansion Concours in May 2012
A Spectacular Presentation, Among the Very Finest of Its Kind

Technical Specs

365 CID V-8 Engine
Triple Rochester 2-Barrel Carburetors
335 BHP at 4,800 RPM
4-Speed Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Live Rear Axle with Coil Springs
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Among American automobiles of the 1950s, Cadillac was unsurpassed in quality and luxury. From its introduction in 1953, the Eldorado convertible was a limited-production line conceived by General Motors as the pinnacle of design and comfort.

This 1958 Eldorado Biarritz represents the final year before designer Harley Earl debuted his larger-than-life tail fins, and as such it maintains a subtler elegance and greater fluidity of line than its successors. At well over 18 feet from nose to tail, it is an imposing vehicle, with a ferocity not only suggested by its sleek styling, but also by the performance of the 365 cid, 335 bhp engine mounted under its expansive hood.

Cadillac would be nothing without its legendary comfort, and this Desert Bronze Biarritz rides smoothly even today. This is due, in large part, to the exacting 2008 restoration carried out by FEN Enterprises of Wappingers Falls, New York. The car was disassembled and almost every component rebuilt or replaced with NOS or OEM parts.

This Eldorado is reported by the owner to be as close to perfect as any car currently residing in his prominent California collection. As an increasingly rare example of the marque, and seldom restored to such a standard, this Eldorado Biarritz remains a coveted American symbol of success.