The Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz was made for the 1976 through 1991 model years, but the real Biarritz existed only through 1985. Today’s Junkyard Find is a final-year example of the proper, stainless-steel-roof-equipped Biarritz.
This car is best-known as the Ace Rothstein‘s exploding Cadillac in the opening sequence of the film Casino.
The Eldorado Biarritz was a very expensive machine in its day. How much? $35,500 in 1985, which is close to 80 grand in inflation-adjusted 2014 dollars. For that kind of cash, Ace Rothstein could have had, say, a new BMW 735i ($36,680), a Mercedes-Benz 300CD ($33,750), or even a Porsche 911 Cabriolet ($36,450). But hey, check out that stainless-steel roof panel!
In my role as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, I hectored teams about the need for an Eldorado Biarritz race car until one team finally put together the “Ace Rothstein Special” ’84, complete with the appropriate suits.
Now that’s a race car!
This one is pretty well used up, but you can still see flashes of the casino-manager-grade luxury here and there.
The chain-based front-wheel-drive system developed for the original Toronado back in 1966 was still being used in 1985.
Opera lights, landau roof, and all.
The car that dreams are made of.