Don't laugh, because this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz is now 31 years old, the same age the legendary 1959 Eldorado Biarritz was in 1990, and nobody questioned its collectability. OK, so it's not as flashy, but these handsome coupes have a strong following and they really are some of the best-riding cars of the era. If you like pure American luxury, this is the car that defined it in the 1980s.
The chiseled shape was all-new in 1979 and it never seems to age, looking iconic even today. Admit it, the sucker looks good. The long hood, short deck profile accentuates its American V8 heritage and the Biarritz models added the glamourous stainless steel roof and sweeping trim that extends from the front fenders all the way back to the quarter windows. The gold paint is mostly original with a few touch-ups here and there, as you'd expect on a car that's been around for a while, but there's nothing that should cause concern. It has obviously been well-maintained all its life, which tends to be the case with expensive Cadillacs, and whenever it needed something, it got it. There's a new windshield and trim, new headlights and marker lights, and even the padded vinyl portion of the top has been freshened at some point. The chrome is original and in good shape, and the continental kit out back isn't functional, of course, but it does give the car a dose of vintage flair that works rather well.
The tan leather interior was the height of luxury in 1985, using pillow-tufted seats and every comfort and convenience feature GM could invent. The seats remain in very good condition with only light wrinkles on the seating surfaces and the colors and textures are more upscale than you'd expect for 1985. The door panels, the carpets, and the headliner are likewise in good original shape, although the steering wheel shows a few minor cracks, which is pretty common for these cars. All the gauges, lights, and power accessories are fully functional, including the automatic climate control and trip computer, and a newer Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo head unit replaces the original and clumsy Delco system. The faux woodgrain throughout the car is in good shape and you'll really love the spacious feeling you get in a car that doesn't have a transmission tunnel; the floor is totally flat! There's also a big trunk that's fully finished in the same tan carpets, complete with a spare tire with matching cover.
Cadillac's 4.1 liter V8 wasn't a tire-smoker, but it is reliable, smooth, and torquey enough to make the front-wheel-drive Eldo feel quick off the line and able to cruise effortlessly at any speed. It's been well-maintained, as you can see from how clean the engine bay is, and nothing has been deleted or modified, so it remains as the factory intended. The A/C has been converted to R134a refrigerant for easier service, but even the original cold air intake tube is still in place. The lightweight aluminum V8 has a nice growl that disappears on the highway thanks to an original-spec single exhaust system and the all-independent suspension squashes bumps like a magic carpet ride. The 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission ensures that the engine never has to work very hard and surprisingly, there's a vented disc brake at all four corners, making this car feel competent. Handsome aluminum wheels were an expensive option in 1985 and they're coupled with fat 225/70/15 whitewall radials.
A handsome old-school luxury car the likes of which we'll never see again. Its age and its prestige ensure that it's welcome at Cadillac-LaSalle Club and AACA events, so call today!