Not too long ago, the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was a darling in the American collector world. After years of 1955-57 Chevys ruling the roost, the Cadillac stole the show with its combination of highest-fins-ever, opulent luxury, and high style. Since then, the market has settled for 1959 Cadillacs but they remain a strong collectible.
In the pecking order of 1959 Cadillacs, the Eldorado reigned supreme. Available in three models − the hardtop Seville, the convertible Biarritz, and the hand-built Brougham − the Eldorado was the epitome of showing the Joneses you’ve made it. After 1959, Cadillacs would become more conservative and more (dare we say) tasteful.
And when it comes to Cadillac convertibles, the Eldorado Biarritz is where it’s at − it ain’t no lowly Series 62 ragtop. Notice the chrome belt moldings slathered on the fenders and fins? That’s an Eldorado item that didn’t appear on lesser Cadillacs (although the Brougham didn’t have them either).
So what’s the current market for 1959 Eldorado Biarritzes these days? With 1,320 built, they’re rare, but not that rare. Since the recession of 2009, they’ve been rising in price, at least in the auction circuit. This Persian Sand example on eBay was used in the 1987 movie Tin Men and was driven by Clint Eastwood to the premier of Pink Cadillac. While the interior color is incorrect according to the car’s data plate, this Caddy has a bucket-seat interior − an interesting option for 1959. Is it worth $145,000? It’s looks like a great driver that could benefit with a restoration, but doing the car right may push it beyond its current market value.