1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible.
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Tailfins on the 1961-1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz were progressively lowered each year -- by '64 they were mere vestiges of the outlandish '59 examples. That same year brought an all-new 429 V-8 engine boasting improved reliability and even greater refinement. The 1961-63s used the standard Caddy 390 with a single four-barrel carb, and unlike prior years, had no extra horsepower.
Bucket seats, a no-cost Biarritz option, are worth looking for today. A six-position tilt steering wheel and AM/FM radio became available for '63, while "Twilight Sentinel" and automatic climate control became available for '64, the same year the Eldo's traditional rear fender skirts were deleted. Dual-circuit "safety" brakes were adopted for '62.
Though the 1961-1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was not the line-leader it had been, it is a mighty worthy collectible. All Caddys of this period are becoming, and they are also far fewer in number than the "everyday" Series Sixty-Two ragtops.
Pluses of the 1961-1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
- Still the sportiest "standard" Caddy
- Fairly rare
- It's a convertible
- The usual Cad attractions
- Long underappreciated, so prices reasonable
Minuses of the 1961-1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
- Much more similar to lesser linemates than earlier Biarritzes
- Relatively slow value appreciation, though that's changing
Production of the 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
Production of the 1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
Production of the 1963 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
Production of the 1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
Specifications of the 1961-1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
Length, inches: 222.0
Wheelbase, inches: 129.5
Weight, pounds: 4,600-4,650
Price, new: $6,477-$6,630 (U.S.)
Engines for the 1961-1964 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz:
|Type||Size ||Horsepower ||Years |
|ohv V-8||390 cid||325||1961-1963|
|ohv V-8||429 cid||340||1964|
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