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Long and correctly recognized as the “Standard of the World,” Cadillac stood as the undisputed leader of the American fine car market by 1947, when the top GM division convincingly outsold its longstanding archrival Packard by nearly 11,000 units. Best-known for its cutting-edge styling, luxurious amenities, and powerful OHV V-8 engine, Cadillac’s Motorama-inspired, Series 62-based Eldorado reached series-production in 1953. Instantly world-famous for transporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower to his inauguration ceremonies, the Eldorado was a true automotive object of desire from launch. The Eldorado returned for 1954 and 1955 and then for 1956, its success spurred the addition of the Eldorado Seville, a two-door hardtop variant, while the glamorous Eldorado convertible was exotically named ‘Biarritz’ after the French seaside town on the Bay of Biscay.
As the design, engineering, and image leader for Cadillac and General Motors overall, the Eldorado heralded many advanced features that were first previewed by the public at the popular GM Motorama travelling shows. For example, both the El Camino and La Espada show cars of 1954 influenced the styling of the 1956, 1957, and 1958 Eldorado models, including their restrained yet dramatic use of angular tailfins. Interestingly, the quad-headlamp frontal treatments of both the El Camino and La Espada predicted that of the Eldorado Brougham that debuted for 1957 and both the Eldorado Biarritz and Seville models of 1958.
Far more than an avant-garde design statement, quad headlamps offered significant functional benefits. In the definitive book, Cadillac: The Standard of the World, Maurice D. Hendry stated “Quad lights permitted ideal design of each pair of lamps for one purpose – dip and high beam – instead of the compromise focus necessary, and the improved cooling allowed much higher wattage for better overall lighting. In 1958 quad lights became optional throughout most of the industry’s models.” Again, Cadillac, and the top-line Eldorado in particular, boldly pointed the way to the future with design and engineering prowess. That prowess was also abundantly clear with the Eldorado’s uprated and powerful 365 cubic-inch V-8 engine, matched to GM’s famed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
One of just 815 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles produced for 1958, this beautifully restored 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible features a brand new paint finish, a new convertible top, and new interior upholstery. Retaining matching numbers, it further benefits from a fresh tune, front end alignment, and vehicle inspection with no issues reported. The Consignor advises the Biarritz drives well, being equally ready for the show field and classic driving pleasure.