Cadillac built 163,174 cars in 1963 with a completely redesigned V8 engine that was smaller and lighter than its 1962 predecessor but still displaced 390 cubic inches and was rated at 325 horsepower at a lazy 4800 rpm. Only 1,825 of them were the exclusive, luxurious Eldorado Biarritz convertible. It is a surpassingly rare automobile, even contrasted with the Series 62 convertible which is rare enough with only 17,600 built. While other Cadillac’s in 1963 had chrome body side trim, the Biarritz flaunted its exclusivity with its minimal chrome embellishment, if 'minimal' can be applied to a car with fins, an intricate chrome grill, matching chrome deck lid trim and generous bumpers. At $6,609 before options, it was Cadillac's most expensive 1963 offering apart from the extended wheelbase Fleetwood 75s. Conveniences were standard, like power vent windows, 6-way power front bench seat, automatic transmission, power brakes and steering and power top. This 1963 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible is even better equipped including factory air conditioning and Autronic Eye headlight dimmer. Even the top boot cover is black leather matching the sumptuous black leather upholstery, black vinyl top and black carpets. The exterior is bright Matador Red. This is a handsome, straight older restoration that earned an AACA National First Prize in 1992 and still shows in exceptional condition and drives as well even after some use. The bodywork (and there is plenty of it) is dead straight, as impressive now as it was when restored two decades ago. It is ready to be enjoyed with pride and confidence in the coming summer driving months when it will be admired and appreciated.
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