Junkyard Gem: 1979 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

The Cadillac Eldorado lost a foot of wheelbase and 1,200 pounds when GM’s luxury front-wheel drive platform was downsized for 1979, which turned out to be forward-looking timing the massive rise in oil prices after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The General kept the expensive Biarritz option package from the previous generation, adding a stainless steel roof in the process. Here is one of these cars, found in a cool boneyard in Denver last month.

The stainless steel roof plate, inspired by the one used the 1957 Eldorado Broughamidentified until 1979-1985 Eldorado as a real Biarritz.

This generation from Eldorado Biarritz gained their greatest reputation as the car bomb detonates when the pink Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) cranks the starter in the 1995 film casino. Naturally, A 24 hour team from Lemons received one of these cars and drove it while the pit crew wore pastel suits and sipped on Tangier’s Casino highball glasses.

The MSRP based on the ’79 Eldorado was $ 14,240 and the Biarritz package with leather seats pinned at an additional $ 2,600. That’s $ 64,495 in 2021, at a time when many auto loans had interest rates of 20%. The ’79 Seville The base price was higher ($ 15,646) even though it was based on the humble Chevy NovaHowever, this difference was eliminated by the cost of the Biarritz package. The Fleetwood limousines were the only more expensive Cadillacs that year.

Yes, you had to be a real high roller to buy a ’79 Biarritz. A new one, of course Mercedes-Benz 450SLC It cost a staggering $ 32,858 this year (about $ 125,850 today) but that was $ 13,067 Lincoln Mark V. (The price rose significantly if you got one of the editions designed by Bill Blass, Givenchy, or Emilio Pucci) was close competition for the Biarritz.

The 1979 Eldorado had something the Lincoln didn’t: electronic fuel injection. Yes, a 5.7 liter Oldsmobile V8 engine with a throttle valve fuel injection system that was quite modern for 1979 sent 170 horses over to the front wheels The impressive Unitized Power Package from GM Front-wheel drive longitudinal engine.

Check out all of these futuristic devices in this synthetic wood dashboard! This stereo cassette deck increased the price by $ 225 (now $ 860). The cruise control was $ 137, the rear defogger was $ 101, and … well, you got the idea.

This cad is a little tattered and has some rust spots here and there, but it wouldn’t have been an overwhelmingly difficult restoration. Unfortunately for the scaled-down Eldo, Cadillac restorers are looking for the earlier, larger cars.

So another example for “very rare, but not so valuable” found in the junkyard.

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