1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible may be, and probably is, the ultimate example of Harley Earl's postwar styling and of the confidence, optimism and exuberance of the late Fifties American automobile industry and the economy and society it sold to. 222 inches long, the Eldorado Biarritz dictated revision of American garage dimensions. Its 365 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 had two Carter 4-barrel carburetors and was rated at 325 horsepower. Most important today, it had one of the cutest trunks ever designed for any automobile, curved down between two thin shark's fins atop the equally curvaceous fenders. Its grille looked capable of devouring tons of krill, flanked by a pair of rubber-tipped Dagmar’s and two huge mustachio-shaped bumperettes. It weighed two and a half tons and cost $7,286. The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham convertible is the ultimate extrovert automobile, commanding confidence and exuberance wherever it goes. This example is resplendent in bright metallic copper paint with matching copper and white leather upholstery, copper carpets and a white top. If it doesn't have every option available on top of the Eldorado's already comprehensive equipment list it is hard to imagine what isn't included: air conditioning, parade boot cover, polished alloy Sabre wheels, WonderBar radio, Autronic Eye headlight dimmer and power everything. It is a fully and completely done older restoration to very high standards with a few miles on it and has no apparent needs although it is no longer a Concours contender. Cadillac built only 1,800 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles in 1957 and they still inspire admiration and envy in onlookers nearly six decades after they were built.

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