1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
$148,900VEHICLES SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
1 of 815 Made
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
- 365ci V8
- Automatic Transmission
- 53k Miles
- White Over White and Red Interior
- 1 of 815 Built
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“So the lady or gentleman who plunked down big bucks for a new Biarritz was most certainly well-heeled and knew exactly what he or she wanted: luxury, prestige, and fine open-air motoring.” – Hagerty, September 2021
Hemmings gives more background on the Eldorado Biarritz: “In one of the postwar auto industry's most fabled years for styling and layered-on luxury, Cadillac produced this extraordinarily limited convertible. With a list price of $7,500 when new, the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible was one of America's most expensive new cars, which helps to explain why only 815 examples were ever produced.”
“All 1958 Cadillacs received the division's 365-cu.in. V-8, but the Eldorado Biarritz's engine received its fuel from triple Rochester two-barrel carburetors. With hydraulic valve lifters and a compression ratio of 10:25:1, the Tri-Power engine produced 335 horsepower.”
Offered here is a survivor 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible in white over red-and-white under a white fabric convertible top. Showing 53,105 miles on its odometer, the car would have traveled fewer than 850 miles per-year on average since new. The combination of the model's rarity, this car's striking color combination, and the evidence of great care given it throughout its 60 years makes this a truly unique ownership opportunity.
The Eldorado Biarritz is a visual delight, inside and out. There are so many clever and well-executed design elements as to almost make anything short of a book-length description of the car inadequate.
The car's white exterior paint has held up very well; the finish retains excellent gloss and smoothness across the entire body. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The chrome body features—including the impressive front grille with “dagmars,” bespoke Biarritz trim behind the rear-tire opening (visually flowing into the rear bumper), delicate edges of the fins, body-side embellishments, split-rear-bumpers (with backup lights incorporated) and more—have all been well-maintained with high shine and minimal patina. (There is no bad angle from which to gaze on the car.) All proper factory badging is in place, including the Cadillac crest with “V” on the hood, Cadillac crests on both fins, and gold “Eldorado” lettering on the trunk lid. The wrap-around windshield, all cabin glass, and all lighting lenses—not least of all the delicate taillights and quad headlights—are clear and free of cracks. Original 15-inch wheels with full chrome wheel covers bearing the Cadillac-crest logo are mounted with period-correct 820-series wide-whitewall tires, with a BFGoodrich® Silvertown spare in the gray-carpeted trunk.
The interior adds yet more flair. Red-and-white leather in a vertically pleated design adorns the seating surfaces; these surfaces have been properly cared for and show only expected light creasing. The folding, split-front bench seat with center armrest and rear bench seat with radio speaker made for a special cabin ambiance. Red carpeting covers the cabin floors, and door panels are an impressive combination of vertically pleated red trim, white leather, and chrome trim embossed with “Biarritz” identification; the entire door panel is a perfect example of the enthusiastic, optimistic 1958 design ethic. Focal® speakers have been incorporated in the doors and in the rear-cabin walls; power window and seat controls are located on the door panels. A two-spoke, chrome trimmed, ivory-rimmed steering wheel with Cadillac-crest center emblem and full-circle horn ring frames a red-and-white dashboard and instrument panel which are true works of automotive art. The oval-design instrument housings in chrome and the chrome-trim expanse leading across to the Cadillac identification facing the front passenger are as unique as they are beautiful. Atop the dash to the left of the driver is the automatic device that turns off the car's brights when an oncoming car is detected; the height of technology in the Fifties! Switchgear in chrome and a Pioneer® audio head unit (nicely incorporated below) complete the dash. (Please view the close-up photography in the gallery to assess the condition of the Eldorado's various interior surfaces.)
Under the hood, the original, 335-horsepower, 365-cubic-inch, Tri-Power V8 wears its correct blue engine-block paint and Cadillac-embossed valve covers. All under-hood surfaces are clean and original, but not overly detailed. There are no aftermarket additions, only original-spec components. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is clean and free of damage. Visual focal points include the clean lower-engine surfaces, full-length dual-exhaust system with quad chrome outlet tips, and evidence of refreshed suspension and exhaust components. (To best evaluate the condition of undercarriage surfaces, please review the gallery photos shot from below.)
The car's original identification and data tags remain as mounted at the factory.
While the more than 230 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '58 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
The Hagerty writer described the Eldorado Biarritz as “sensory overload.” Indeed, in every respect, this red-and-white example delights the eye, ear, and sense of touch. Only 815 people got to purchase one new, and far fewer than that get to enjoy one today. We are pleased and honored to offer this historic American automobile for purchase.
Trim Tag Decode -
58-6267: 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Trim 18: Vermillion Cape Buffalo Leather
Paint 90: Olympic White
Top 1: Ivory Convertible Top
ACC EH: E=EZ Eye Glass, H=Heater