The John Staluppi Collection

1 December 2012

Lot 283

1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

To be auctioned on Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sold for $206,250

  • Chassis no. 60E015012

345 bhp, 390 cu. in. V-8 engine with tri-carburetor setup, column shift Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, shocks and coil spring independent suspension via pneumatic airbags, and four-wheel power assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129.5 in.

By the late fifties, Cadillac would reign supreme over the full-sized luxury car market in North America. Although the extravagant 1959 model caused a sensation when introduced, it later came to be viewed as the pinnacle of automotive styling excess.

For its 1960 models, Cadillac significantly refined their approach, shrinking the exaggerated fins from the previous year, reducing the egregious use of chrome trim, and in many other ways, creating an infinitely more elegant statement. The full complement of power accessories was retained, however, so many aficionados today consider the 1960 Cadillac as the ultimate iteration. GM’s Executive Director of Styling from that period, Dave Holls, once remarked, “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.”

With a total of 13 Cadillac models issued in three series (plus one limited production custom chassis), the Eldorado Biarritz convertible was the most elegant and desirable of all. Only 1,285 units were produced, their cost new of over $7,000, ensuring exclusivity then and now.

The example offered here from the Cars of Dreams Museum is an outstanding car that benefitted from a complete and thorough restoration and is finished in the correct and beautiful color scheme of Pompeian Red with a white leather interior. It is in virtual show condition, with the only wear being from recent events where the Cadillac was prominently displayed in promoting the Cars of Dreams Museum. With all systems operating as one would expect, this particular fully-loaded Eldorado Biarritz Convertible is worthy of close inspection, as it is correct in its presentation, excellent in its condition, and is a historically relevant and important example with a place in automotive history.

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