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1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

  • 1 of only 815 produced
  • Biarritz exclusive and desirable Sabre wheels
  • Presents with a plethora of options including Autronic eye
  • One of the most striking GM designs of the 1950s
  • Eye-catching Desert Bronze over Copper leather interior

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The year 1958 marked the last year before Harley Earl went into the stratosphere with Cadillac’s tailfins. More elegant and subdued, the 1958 tailfins carry the horizontal bodyline as the trunk deck begins to slope down, creating a sense of motion, careful aim, and elegance. Supreme among all the chrome classics of the 1950s was the 1958 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. Cadillac factory dealer promotional literature described the new 1958 Eldorado Biarritz as such: “The sleek, long lines of the Eldorado Biarritz are enhanced by the new longer hood and front fenders plus the individual treatment of rear quarter panels and fins. Lending further distinction to the Eldorado, as viewed to the side, is the single-winged chrome molding on the front fender crown, the ten vertical chromed bars of the simulated stone shield, the broad chromed molding around the rear wheel opening and the Cadillac crest insignia on the tapered rear quarter panel fins.”

This sensational 1958 Eldorado Biarritz, 1 of only 815 produced for the 1958 model year, is finished in shimmering Desert Bronze iridescent paint with a Copper leather interior and upgraded luxurious Coffee Brown Haartz cloth power convertible top. This glamorous top-of-the-line Cadillac convertible has aged gracefully, acquiring a soft patina that arguably adds to its charm. The paint finish is deep and glossy, and the subtle shade of bronze highlights the many rounded surfaces of the voluptuous curves of the body. The abundant chrome and gleaming brightwork add to the visual effect; there is so much to look at on a 1958 Eldorado Biarritz, it is a feast for the eyes. The factory chrome-plated Sabre-spoke wheels, with their many fins and large center caps proudly displaying the legendary Cadillac crest, are wrapped in period-correct wide whitewall tires, complementing the compelling mid-century styling. The gold-plated Cadillac emblem draws still more attention - just in case any bystanders are unsure that they are looking at one of Cadillac’s finest styles of the era.

Inside, the luxury and glamour continue seamlessly. The sumptuous Metallic Copper-colored Cape Buffalo-grained leather has aged handsomely. The correctly textured dash pad is in excellent condition and the endless array of beautiful chrome details on the stylish dash and door panels are yet another visual delight. Of course, the Eldorado is equipped with a dazzling decree of standard power-assisted comfort and convenience items that any high-heeled Cadillac customer would expect from The Standard of the World. These items include power steering, power brakes, power windows, power vent windows, remote left-side mirror, clock, six-way power seats, power antenna, pushbutton signal-seeking radio, optional E-Z Eye tinted glass, and the most unnecessary of necessities, the optional space-age sci-fi looking Autronic Eye headlight dimmer mounted prominently on the dash. There are also no less than four ashtrays with lighters for your smoking convenience.

Under the long hood is Cadillac’s smooth and powerful 365-cubic-inch V-8 engine equipped with three Rochester two-barrel carburetors producing 365 horsepower shifted through a four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. There is ample power to outrun paparazzi or an impetuous youngster in a hotrod at the stoplight. The Eldorado Biarritz’s combination of power and presence has arguably never been repeated in such spectacular fashion. Glamorous, stylish, rare, and powerful, this chrome-laden mid-century masterpiece represents all that is good from the 1950s era of styling excess.

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