Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 

Hey, Duane here! What do cars and shoes have in common? Both get you where you need to go, but variety sure spices things up.

Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

In January 2012, I was motivated to purchase another car. Not out of need, but because I lusted after a specific model for years. That car was the 1979-1985 generation Cadillac Eldorado, modern looking yet classically elegant with its long hood, short rear deck, and vertical rear window. It was the first downsizing of the Eldorado after the 1970’s energy crisis and done beautifully.

The Biarritz edition of the Eldorado was Cadillac’s most opulent two-door coupe. It added the brushed stainless-steel roof cap with rear padded vinyl top, wide chrome strip flanking the front fenders to accentuate the length, and tufted multi-button leather interior.

Engine choices varied during this generation Eldorado, beginning in 1979 with the 5.7L V8 and ending with the 4.1L aluminum V8. Mid-year 1985 improvements to the 4.1L engine made those last cars preferred over mid-generation ones. The 135-hp of the underpowered 1985 Eldorado was quite uninspiring with 0-60mph in 12.6 seconds, that’s three times slower than my Gallardo, Viper, or Corvette.

But the Eldorado did feature four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, four-wheel disc brakes, and four-wheel independent suspension, somewhat impressive for the day. Front-wheel drive was standard on all Eldorados.

Local Find

As mentioned in blogs past, searching for a specific older vehicle means it may not be found locally. However, on this occasion I got lucky!

1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz front angle
1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

I found on eBay a locally available 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz with less than 27,000 actual miles in January 2012. The exterior color was yellow beige, an uninspiring term that I consider cream-yellow and looks good in person. The same cream-yellow color graced the ¼ vinyl top and leather interior. Fully equipped, the standout options on this Biarritz were its powered glass sunroof, digital instrument cluster, and Bose symphony sound with CB radio.

I paid a couple grand more than my estimation of its true value, but the striking color, low miles with actual mileage title, and glass sunroof made this local find desirable and far more convenient to inspect, buy, and drive home than future alternatives I may locate elsewhere. It also had rare real wire wheels that upped the value and glitz quotient.

Eventually I found an original set of equally rare Cadillac aluminum alloy wheels with polished center caps in original, unused condition. Switching to these Cadillac alloy wheels toned down the glitz, better suiting my style.

1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz rear angle
1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

So what about the underpowered 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz draws me to this car? I liked this model since new. Its distinctive profile is very well proportioned. The cool brushed stainless roof is a knockout. It’s roomy inside without being gargantuan outside. And it’s luxuriously comfortable and quiet, contrasting well with my other cars. If only it offered more inspiring performance….

Not My First Biarritz

Unless you have great recall on past blogs, you probably don’t remember that years before I owned another Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, a 1980 model in dark blue, for one year before purchasing my Typhoon. It was the same generation as my cream-yellow 1985 Biarritz, but not nearly as nice.

That’s it for this week. Thanks, and always drive with allure!

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