Lot 144 - 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Lot 144 - 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Lot 144 - 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Lot Number 144
Registration ESK 198
Chassis Number FW1285
Engine Number 61E100624
Odometer reading 61,932 miles
Estimate £33,000 - £38,000
Result Sold - £37,520

Freshly restyled for 1961, Cadillac continued the trend towards cleaner, less fussy styling but there was still plenty of glitz and glamour about the latest model line-up. Notable features included a new-look full-width grille, boldly sculptured side moldings and smaller rear fins. All 1961 Cadillacs rode on a 129.5" wheelbase chassis with just one powertrain option, the 390ci, V8 combined with GM's sophisticated Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Rated at 325hp and fed by a four-barrel Rochester carburettor, the big V8 offered plenty of lazy performance, while power brakes were also standard across the range, retaining the finned rear drums and vacuum-operated parking brake release system introduced the previous season. Lavishly equipped, standard equipment included power steering, an external rear vision mirror, vanity mirror, dual-speed wipers and a choice of no less than eight interior colour combinations. Popular options included power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, power door locking system and six-way power seats. More Americans aspired to own a Cadillac than any other car back in the 1960s and having one parked in the driveway was confirmation you had made it. 

This stunning and rare 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was imported in 1963 and has remained in the UK since. The last owner has kept the car for the last 14 years. The car has every conceivable extra and is reported to be corrosion free and in superb condition. In recent years the owner has fully reconditioned the car to a very high standard, both cosmetically and mechanically, using all original Cadillac components. Bills and receipts show the expenditure of the refurbishment was over £25.000. The car is said to drive as it should and, "performs superbly","...the only way to describe the drive is silky smooth and effortless." Operating entirely reliably, this car has been cherished and well loved. The electric roof performs perfectly and the refurbished interior is superb as is the trunk area, the owner reports. With only 1,500 examples of this model produced, it is indeed a rare opportunity, and with less than 150 cars surviving worldwide, it is believed this is just one of three examples in the UK. A wonderful and reliable example of true classic Americana to be enjoyed and also a sound investment. Supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until 1st March 2018, it is indeed a wonderful car.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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