- Equipped with power steering, power brakes, and power top
- Upgraded 390-cubic-inch V-8 engine
- Highly original paint and bodywork
- A wonderful touring vehicle with room for six
1958 was a tough year for the U.S. auto industry, with the United States' automotive economy suffering from a slight recession which stifled sales for the first time since World War II. For Cadillac, that downturn amounted to the GM marque selling 25,000 fewer units in 1958 from the previous year, even after redesigning every Cadillac model for 1958. From a profit perspective, 1958 was hardly the kind of year that was expected for Cadillac, but design-wise, the "Tri-Five" Cadillacs are among the most recognizable and valuable American cars of the era. Up front, massive bumpers and quad headlamps became the norm, along with a larger and wider grille accented by cylindrical ''cleats'' that connected horizontal and vertical cross-members. The Dagmar bumper guards, and parking lights were also relocated to a lower portion of the front end. Down the sides, the trim became more refined and featured five horizontal wind splints ahead of the rear wheel housings, and the huge '57 tailfins were a bit less pronounced, with the rear bumper retaining its split design. Sitting atop Cadillac's convertible hierarchy was the Eldorado Biarritz, sporting elevated trim and improved standard features. Production was just 815 units, with a base price of $7,500 for the 223-inch-long luxury convertible. It remains an iconic '50s luxury car to this day, with perhaps only a Lincoln Continental Mark II as any worthy American-made competition.
This fine example is highly original in its presentation, with excellent body and trim, and sports an upgraded 1962 Cadillac 390-cubic-inch V-8 engine and automatic transmission that adds just a bit of performance as expected. The car rides on correct wide whitewall tires and the factory hubcaps, and certainly will create a lot of attention wherever it is driven. Everything fits beautifully, including its red convertible top, and it stands ready to impress at touring events or car shows.
Likewise, the original red and white leather interior is in excellent condition, along with clean carpets and an amazing chrome-accented dash with speedometer, temperature, and fuel gauges, along with a push-button AM radio and factory clock. Power brakes, power steering, and a power convertible top are standard, along with a correct red top boot in great condition. A power front seat completes the package, along with the then-revolutionary Autronic Eye which would automatically dim your bright headlamps when another car approached. Leg room is abundant, both front and back, with legitimate room for six passengers and all their luggage.
Whether this is your first classic car, or an addition to your current collection, few vehicles elicit the swoons and attention you'll receive driving this 1958 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible - simply one of the most recognizable and beautiful vehicles from the entire tailfin era.