1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Named after the sophisticated French resort town patronized by the likes of Napoleon and Queen Victoria, the Biarritz convertible defined elegance and grace in the late automotive world of the 1950s. It also redefined the term “land yacht”. The car was almost 19 feet long and more than seven feet wide. The huge tail fins, the tallest ever made, and the unique “rocketship” taillights were just a few of the styling cues that set this car apart. Powered by a 345 horsepower triple-carbureted 390 V8, this 5,000-pound luxury cruiser could reach 130 mph. Turning radius was a mere parking lot width of 24 feet and the air-ride suspension while providing a comfy ride gave the Biarritz a distinct floatiness. Some things have changed since the 50s but back then one thing is for sure, in some cases size does matter.

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