The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz featured what were then considered to be luxury items, such as power brakes, power steering, a 345-horsepower V8 and Hydra-Matic drive, as standard equipment. Some of the car's basic features were rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission with four gears.
Cadillac was the first to design a car with fins, and the Biarritz boasted the longest tail fin ever produced at 45 inches in length. It reached a top speed of 60 mph and got an average of 13.2 miles per gallon. The Biarritz was offered to both the American and European markets in 1959.
Additionally, the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz featured power vent windows, air suspension and an antenna. The six-passenger convertible had twin bullet tail lamps and electric door locks with a body that was embellished with sweeping chrome trim that decorated both sides.
The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was an opulent car that has been described as the most elegant American classic of the 1950s. It was the most expensive open air car of 1959. The Biarritz was a limited edition automobile with only 1,320 cars being produced. It is still a sought-after vintage car for collectors. In 2008, one of these classic collectibles sold at auction for $231,000.