Cadillac 1959 Eldorado Biarritz

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  There were many models of Cadillac cars but Biarritz 1959 presented here is special for many reasons. This particular car is widely recognizable by its two huge tailfins and rocket dual taillights. When painted in pink was often associated with Elvis. There is even a legend talking about why Elvis chose pink car.

Cadillac Eldorado 1959 Biarritz MJ (4)

Cadillac Eldorado 1959 Biarritz MJ (1)

   This is one of the longest two-door cars in the world. I emphasize again “two-door” – almost 6m long. There is so much space in this car that 3 person can easily ride in the front eats. We can say that driving this car on the road is more like piloting a boat than driving. Traveling is incredibly comfortable, sitting literally like on the sofa.  Thanks to the air suspension it passes the bumps as if they were not there.

   Only 1320 units of the car were produced. It was the most expensive car in the Cadillac with a folding roof in 1959, comparable in price to the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Biarritz has a very good factory equipment, which is impressive even in 2016.

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Length: 5715mm
Width: 2040mm
Weight: 2295 kg

Engine: 6.4L V8 (389,454 cu)
Maximum power 345 hp (257 kW) at 4800 rpm
Torque: 590 Nm at 3400 rpm
4 speed Hydramatic automatic transmission

This 1959 car which is almost 6m long 2-door convertible car has:
– self leveling air suspension
– cruise control
– automatic trunk opener
– air conditioning
– memory electric power seats
– electric door locks
– electric roof system
– electric power steering
– high-pressure cooling system
– polarized sun visors
electric antenna
– automatic-release parking brake
– dual heating system
– automatic starter with restart function
– drum-type electric clock
– power windows
– forged aluminum wheels
– low-profile tires with thin white-walls

I remind you that the car is from 1959 and this is factory setup.

   This Cadillac makes a big impression. You just want want to open the roof, invite a girlfriend / wife / friend for company and go for a drive during sunset.

   Interesting fact number one: it turned out that this Cadillac presented in the film – in exactly version I wanted to find, form 1959, in red, was resting in the garage which is only 600feet from the place where I’ve once lived. I would add that this is probably the only Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 1959 in Poland.

   Interesting fact number two: Driving any convertible – keep in mind to protect yourself from the sun – on the road you do not feel the heat because of the wind, and then you will be “amazed” from sunburns.

 

Cadillac Eldorado 1959 Biarritz MJ (69)

Before proceeding further in the text, a few words about the movie and photos. Most of my other films are 2-3 minutes long, and the Cadillac video is over 10 minutes long. In postproduction it came out that I have a lot of interesting-looking shots. i’ve thought that they shouldn’t been forgotten on the hard drives. So I decided to use most of the material and do 3 times longer film, which was divided into several separate parts so video remained dynamic. This way, if anyone is interested in seeing the car on the film from almost every possible angle – he has the option ro do it and if somebody wants to just have a look – it offers something for everyone.

Regarding images – at the end of the article there is a gallery with pictures and frames from the movie. There is so many files that they had to be compressed to a smaller size, otherwise the page loading would be too long. If anyone is interested in downlading images with higher quality, in the future there will be a link that allows to download all in the full quality.

Cadillac Eldorado 1959 Biarritz MJ (101)

Questions to the owner, Pawel ( Paul )


Pawel, how did it happen that you became the owner of a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz?

Pawel: For many years I have been a huge fan of various military vehicles ranging from Willis jeeps, tracked vehicles and ending with the first Humveee in Poland. Cadillac is a bit of a stepping towards the “civil” car. I liked it’s designers fantasy, because in the end it’s not common to see such an interesting vehicle with huge fins. 1959 Cadillac after placing vertically looks a bit like a rocket ship.

How would you rate drivability?

Pawel: It’s hard to compare this car to another vehicle. However, you can say that it performs well on a good quality road. When driving bad quality roads with bumps I have the impression that the power steering is too strong and sometimes it can be hard to feel that the car is trying to take the other lane.

Cadillac Eldorado 1959 Biarritz MJ (111)

Cadillac Eldorado 1959 Biarritz MJ (120)

What has been done with the car from the time of purchase?


Pawel: Cadillac was brought from Switzerland in 2002 – in the state shown in the pictures below. Interestingly, speedometer is calibrated in km / h – European version of the car. Biarritz at the time of purchase had driven only 42000km. Both the engine and transmission were working back ina 2002Restoration to the state shown in the pictures took 11 years. I’ve restored almost everything, it would be difficult even to tell a list of what has been done.

This is how this Cadillac look – back in 2002

Photography and film snapshots:

Special thanks go to Pawel for sharing his car.

Article, film, photography: Michal Jaroszczyk