Collect The Whole Set: 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Tipper Rock On sent in a nice 11th generation Eldorado for $15k so that we could continue collecting our set of Eldos (‘98 here, ‘67 here) , but that is expensive and I wanted something closer to…I dunno…$3k. So I found a 10th generation Eldorado, which is only a few years older, but looks way ancient because of the non-painted/integrated bumpers and wire wheel covers. But, the price is right, and the paint is a sweet shade of pan fried livermush or scrapple. And it is cleeeeeeaner than a dinner plate after a 7 day fast — I love it! Find this 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz offered for $2,999 in Duluth, MN via craigslist.
From the seller:
make / manufacturer: Cadillac
model name / number: Eldorado
1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
Good condition runs and drives, new tires, new brakes, sunroof, stainless steel top, very rare, no rust.
See a better way to drive something ritzy? email@example.com
Beauty, especially with the stainless roof section. This seems too cheap given the condition. That’s a “disposable car” price on a keeper.
Tufted leather seats? Oh Biarritz, take me away! Now, about that 4.1…
Are there any purists out there who will complain if you replace the 4.1 with an LS4?
Figuring that out is kind of like running the Drake Equation for aliens – take the number of people who bought these when these when they were new enough not to be old hoopties, multiply by the fraction that is still alive, times the fraction who can still drive, times the fraction who had a good experience with the 4.1, times the fraction that wouldn’t think an LS4 would be an improvement, and the equation rapidly goes to zero.
FWD. The transmission & drivetrain was already a weak spot, I’m sure your transplant wouldn’t take long to destroy both?
Are these the ones that are front wheel drive?
Every Eldorado since 1967 is front wheel drive.
The earlier ones would smoke the front tires and were generally a hoot to drive hard, not that you would arrive at your destination any more promptly, unless you were destined to be hit by an errant tree.
I’m still too young to drive one of these. And always be.
Opera lights, vinyl landau top, button tufted pillows, simu-wood, chrome bumpers, quad rectangle sealed beams, parthenon grille, hood ornament, vestigial fins. Reads like the spec sheet on only the finest Broughams this side of the Atlantic, but Biarritz sounds much more cosmopolitan as a trim level name, I suppose.
Eggplant. A sharp edged eggplant.
I’ll see your eggplant 🍆 and raise you a Porsche aubergine.
And I’ll see your aubergine and raise you a courgette Corvette… ummm… on second thought, maybe I don’t want to see your aubergine… or raise my courgette… um, I gotta go now.
Well I’m glad that it didn’t come down to good old mopar statutory grape.