Despite the pall of nuclear Armageddon that hung eerily over everything, and the scare of Communists under every bed, the 50s were a fantastic time for America, and in 1959, automotive design had reach its Zenith, exemplified in the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. This incredible automobile was everything a Cadillac – indeed any American car – should be: incredibly long, wide and low, full of chrome and speed to spare! Of course, the fins on this car where the biggest and sharpest ever seen, and stood at a magnificent 42″ in height!
The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz also boasted an impressive engine: the top of the line 6.3-liter big-block V8, pushing out 345 horsepower. Let me tell you that at over 2,000 kg, every single one of those ponies was needed!
Regardless, the Eldorado Biarritz could reach a more than respectable 115 mph in a straight line, and accelerate to 60 in 12 seconds, both respectable numbers for a car of this size. The Biarritz was large, heavy and extremely comfortable indeed, even the very-much prized convertible model could easily hold 6 people. It thus suffered the disadvantages of its qualities, so to speak, and was extremely ungainly and handled terribly, much like an overturned bowl of pasta.
Priced at $7,401, in 1959 money, the Biarritz was an expensive car, and unsurprisingly, only over 1,300 of them were ever produced.