Junkyard Find: 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
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.
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- Dukeisduke I saw a well-preserved Mark VII LSC on the road not too long ago, and I had to do a double-take. They still have a presence. Back when these were new, a cousin of mine owned an LSC with the BMW turbo diesel.
- Dukeisduke I imagine that stud was added during the design process for something, and someone further along the process forgot to delete it after it became unnecessary.
- Analoggrotto Knew about it all along but only now did the risk analysis tilt against leaving it there.
- Mike Beranek Funny story about the '80 T-bird. My old man's Dart Sport had given up the ghost so he was car-shopping. He & I dropped my mom at a store and then went to the Ford dealer, where we test-drove the new T-Bird (with digital dash!)So we pull up to the store to pick mom up. She walks out and dad says "We just bought it.". Mom stares at the Mulroney- almost 13 grand- and just about fell over.Dad had not in fact bought the T-Bird, instead he got a Cordoba for only 9 grand.
I've always liked the Riviera more, especially in T-Type trim with the funky FWD offset version of the Grand National wheels and in all black just like a GN.
as for me personally I need to find this particular salvage yard as I need some of the Biarritz only door chrome that I see is in good condition who knows what yard this was taken in? anyone ?