1960 Cadillac Series 64 "Eldorado"SOLD
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Estimate: $70,000-$90,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $52,250

Specifications:
345bhp, 390 cu. in. V8 engine with triple Rochester carburetor setup, column shift Hydramatic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with leaf spring rear suspension, four-wheel power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5"

For its 1960 model line, Cadillac significantly refined its previous approach, shrinking the exaggerated fins from the preceding year and scaling back the excessive use of chrome trim, thereby ensuring an infinitely more elegant presence. The full complement of power accessories was retained, however, so that today many aficionados consider the 1960 Cadillac the finest iteration.

With a total of thirteen Cadillac models issued in three series (plus one limited production custom chassis), the Eldorado Biarritz convertible was the most elegant and desirable of all. As compared to the standard Eldorado Convertibles, Biarritz variants featured bright body sill highlights running along the lower edge of the fender skirts as well as Eldorado lettering at the edge of the front fenders. In addition to the power windows, standard on 6300 models, the Biarritz Convertibles and Brougham sub-series also featured heaters, fog lamps, remote control trunk lock, radio with antenna and rear speaker, six-way power seats, air suspension, electric door locks, and whitewall tires. Only 1,285 units of the fabled convertibles were ever produced and, at a cost of over $7,000, their exclusivity was certain from the very beginning.

This particular red and white Biarritz has spent most of its life in Dallas, Texas and Southern California. Upon initial examination, the car appears to be a solid driver in highly original overall condition. The white convertible top is power-operated. The interior remains original having never been restored and has developed significant patina over the years. While the engine is also original, the air suspension has been replaced with coil springs – a common replacement given the excessive maintenance required of the original suspension systems. Notable additional features include air conditioning and power steering. A full service was recently completed.

As presented, this Biarritz convertible is a good example of a very rare Cadillac, generously optioned and beautifully designed. It can be enjoyed as is, or would be an excellent candidate for a complete restoration. Perhaps Dave Holls, GM ’ s former Executive Director of Styling, said it best: “ I finally got it right with the 1960 Cadillac. I compare the 1959 model to actress Sophie Tucker, but the ’ 60 Cadillac is pure Grace Kelly. ”

Reference Number 11568

as of 7/23/2007

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Car 1960 Cadillac Series 64 "Eldorado"
VIN 60E057011 
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