Cadillac 6400 Eldorado Generation 4 Series 60-64E 6267E Biarritz Convertible by Fisher

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Model:

6400 Eldorado Generation 4 Series 60-64E 6267E Biarritz Convertible by Fisher

Year:

1959-1960

Type:

Cabriolet



Cadillac tempered its outlandish fins for 1960, the year that marked the division's last use of triple two-barrel carburetion as standard Eldorado issue. For the remaining six years of its production life the rear-drive Eldo would have the same engine specs as its less exotic line mates. As mentioned, air suspension was also abandoned after 1960. So was the Eldorado hardtop. With lower sales than the Biarritz for the second year in a row and with two other hardtop coupes in the Cadillac line, the Seville had by now become superfluous. So too had the Brougham, and Cadillac rang down the curtain on its super-luxury flagship after building only 200 of the 1959-60 models.

More exclusive—and more expensive—were the two-door Eldorado: Seville coupe and Biarritz convertible. They came with a 345-horsepower version of the 6.4 litre V-8 that guzzled gas through three two-barrel carburettors. The Eldorado lost some of their exclusivity in 1959 because they no longer sported unique rear end designs and they switched from the "Sabre Spoke" wheels of '58 to stamped steel wheels. Nonetheless, Eldorado sported deep-dish wheel covers (sharing them with the Sixty Special) and fender skirts were standard, as they were for all 1959-60 Cadillacs. Air suspension was another standard item (it disappeared after 1960 because of chronic leakage problems). Also included were cruise control, Autronic Eye headlight dimmer, radio and electric antenna, power door locks, fog lamps, and three rows of jewels in the rear.

Distinguishing characteristics of the Seville were a colour-keyed roof covering of weather resistant fabric and unique chrome trim that started at the vent window and followed the body contour to the rear bumper, then proceeded down and around, following the rocker panel to the front wheel. The Seville was dropped after 1960, although the name would be reincarnated 15 years later on a smaller Cadillac. The Biarritz sold for the same $7401 list price as the Seville. Its top was hidden by a metal cover when down, giving the car a smooth, uninterrupted profile that flowed from front to rear, ending in a dramatic upsweep of the towering fins.

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