1960 Cadillac Eldorado

Cadillac's -- and GM's -- success in the Fifties allowed Cadillac to carry out complete body redesigns for an unparalleled six years in a row, from 1956 through 1962. The 1960's was one of the best, undoing many of the excesses of the late 50's and creating a refined but still flamboyantly Cadillac look. The fender fins were toned down from 1959's taillight-laded extravagances and now integrated a thin vertical brake-turn-tail light with a larger circular lamp in the fender nacelle below. Hundreds of faceted elements gave the wide horizontal grille sparkling character. These features were augmented in the super luxurious Eldorado Biarritz and Seville by chrome lower body moldings that continued all the way to the taillight housings. Just 1,285 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles were built in 1960, including this one which is resplendent in black with red leather upholstery and a black top. It has been carefully and correctly restored with no aspect overlooked and is, as are all Eldorado’s, loaded with standard features which would be options on lesser automobiles including a fiberglass parade boot, Autronic Eye headlight dimmer, power windows (including the front door vent windows) and power trunk latch. It rides on chrome wire wheels with wide whitewall bias ply tires. The paint, chrome and interior are new. The body is dead straight and the overall effect is drop-dead gorgeous. The trunk and engine compartment are correctly detailed and comes with a Delco battery and an inventory of factory tags, labels, stickers and decals just as it did when it was built. The 345 horsepower 390 cubic inch Eldorado engine with its array of triple Rochester 2-barrel carburetors is also like new. A magnificent automobile in 1960, it has received a meticulous restoration, careful subsequent preservation and thorough recent preparation that is if anything even more extraordinary in 2010 than it was a half century ago when it proudly graced a dealer's showroom before delivery to its fortunate first owner.

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