15k: Neil Young’s: 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

The singer and songwriter Neil Young made it big in the 1970s, first by helping form the band Buffalo Springfield and later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  His signature falsetto vocals and folksy guitar/piano/harmonica/clawhammer accompaniment earned him boat loads of cash and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  What sort of car does a 30-something performer with loads of cash drive in the late ’70s?  A 911 Turbo?  Nope.  BMW 635?  Nope.  Try this 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz currently owned by Neil Young and currently for sale in San Francisco, CA for $14,950 via craigslist. Tip from Kaibeezy.

The name Biarritz comes from the name of a small coastal Basque town in what is today considered part of France, although some Basque folks may disagree with you.  The town has a few casinos and became a luxury vacation spot many years ago and fit well into GM’s use of names like Riviera, Monte Carlo and Calais.

Neil’s ’59 Conti; image from Lincvolt.com

This Eldorado should not be confused with Neil Young’s Lincvolt, the hybridized 1959 Lincoln Continental that Tesla’d a warehouse in 2010.  The Eldorado is not known to have been involved in any fires.

The 1978 Eldorado is hauled around by a 425 cubic inch V8 that is mated to the front wheels and puts out 180 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque.  

Only the best comfy sofa chairs are used in the ’70s Cadillac interior and Neil Young’s Biarritz is no exception.  If the tunes on the radio don’t put you to sleep the seats certainly will.

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