Downsized Drop-top: 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible – Sold!
Avid followers of Guys With Rides will quickly know why we picked this 53K original mile 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible posted on Craigslist in Neconset, New York (Long Island) as its the drop-top version of our winter project 1984 40K original mile Biarritz Coupe. In a classic example of how the price goes up when the top goes down, the current caretaker of this example is currently asking $19,000. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Eldorado priced $1,900 above the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,100.
For the 1979 model year, Cadillac introduced a down-sized version of its full-frame, front-wheel-drive variant, the Cadillac Eldorado that was the sister car to the Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado. More than 1,000 pounds lighter and nearly two feet shorter than its predecessor, Cadillac downsized the tenth generation Eldorado in response to rising gas prices and shifting consumer preference towards fuel economy. Despite the smaller size, the hardtop styling was well proportioned and crisp, while the adoption of a fully independent rear suspension with disc brakes not only improved ride quality but provided a better rear seat and trunk room than its predecessor. After a disastrous experiment with a complex V-8-6-4 engine system, Cadillac’s new-for-1983 HT-4100 4.1 Liter V8 became standard with a whopping 135 horsepower.
With Federal roll-over standards never materializing and coachbuilders busy converting Eldorados to convertibles, in 1984 Cadillac decided to cash in by offering a factory four-seat drop-top for the first time since 1976. While down on power, these tenth generation Eldorados came with well-equipped interiors, plush leather seats, climate control, and full power options. The long hood / short deck proportions have aged quite well and keep in mind that even though they were downsized, these are still large cars by today’s standards that will actually fit in most standard sizes garages.
The 1984 Biarittz Coupe currently in our fleet is a comfortable, albeit woefully under-powered cruiser and yet we can’t get over how many people compliment us whenever we drive the car. The convertible version featured here is sure to elicit even more comments. This generation of Eldorado is GM’s last full-size, full perimeter frame, front-wheel-drive l personal luxury coupe that gives the comfort and feel of the bigger land yachts which proceeded it. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1985 Cadillac Eldorado convertible for sale. This car is in pristine condition in and out, all original, only 53,000 original mileage. Winner of numerous awards in its class at car shows. The original window sticker from when car was purchased for around 35,000 in 1985, shows many options. Car cover and charging unit to keep car charged during winter months available. Must sell ,moving out of state.“
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