Junkyard Find: 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
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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  • NoGoYo NoGoYo on Jun 16, 2014

    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.

  • Flashbackwoody Flashbackwoody on Sep 09, 2014

    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 ?

  • MrIcky Out of the possible Jeep recalls to bring up on this site, I'm surprised it's this one and not round 2 of the clutch recall.
  • 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.