By: Bobby Webb
The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, a convertible, mated beauty, style and power in a premium automobile. General Motors first introduced the Eldorado model as part of the Cadillac line in 1953. The name, Eldorado, was proposed for the new car model after an in-company competition was won by a secretary from the company’s marketing department. The Eldorado was to be a feature for Cadillac as they were celebrating their golden anniversary in 1952. The name, Eldorado, stems from the Spanish words “el dorado” which mean “the golden one”. The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was golden for General Motors as the 1957 model was one of the most memorable designs.
A Premium Car with Pizazz
The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz boasted some refining features which included a special cutdown wraparound “Panoramic” window, custom interior and a notched beltline that gave the automobile a more sporty look. The ’57 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz also featured a metal lid instead of the typical canvas boot for covering the lowered top. The car was definitely a luxury vehicle as it could comfortably seat six and being a convertible, the top could be lowered or raised automatically.
There were also several options to choose from when it came to equipping the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz for comfort. Buyers could add air conditioning, an antenna that was electrically operated, a heating system, power seats, a trunk lid lock that was remote controlled, radio controls in the rear compartment, whitewall tires, a foot control switch for the radio and cushion toppers. Some other optional equipment included:
signal-seeking radio presets
license plate frames
The ’57 model of the Eldorado Biarritz did have some changes from its predecessors. The side rails were removed and the body rested on a tubular X-frame. This change gave the it a greater rigidity, it allowed the car to sit lower to the ground and it increased the car’s length and wheelbase. Rubber bumper guard tips were added to the front of the car and circular parking lamps were nestled into the bumper design. The side trim was revised and dual taillights were added in the back.
A Premium Car with Power
Not only was this a quality, refined car, it was also pretty powerful. The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz featured a V-8 engine that cranked out 325 horsepower with twin Carter four-barrel carburetors. It could reach 60 mph in about 11 seconds. It was notably built for luxury and comfort, but was also built for speed.