Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
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180,000 CR
Model year: 1959
Performance Index: F 182
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 345 HP (257 kW)
Torque: 435 lb ft (589 N·m)
Weight: 5060 lbs (2295 Kg)
Front: 55%
Displ: 6.4 L
Power/weight: 150 HP per ton

112 kW per ton

Named after the sophisticated French resort town patronized by the likes of Napoleon and Queen Victoria, the Biarritz convertible defined elegance and grace in the automotive world of the late 1950s. It also redefined the term “land yacht.” The car was almost 19 feet long and more than seven feet wide. The huge tail fins, the tallest ever made, and the unique “rocketship” taillights were just a few of the styling cues that set this car apart. Powered by a 345 horsepower triple-carbureted 390 V8, this 5,000- pound luxury cruiser could reach 130 mph. Turning radius was a mere parking lot width of 24 feet and the air-ride suspension while providing a comfy ride gave the Biarritz a distinctive float. Elvis, even had one custom built for him. Some things have changed since the 50s but back then one thing is for sure: in some cases, size does matter.

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