Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 1958

 
 

 
 

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scale 1:18

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Review of the model:

Ask everyone on this planet to name a big American car – The answer is Cadillac!
The most famous is the 1959 model, but in 1958 the year before the designer Harley Earl did the "Fins-extravaganza" the Cadillac Eldorado vas nearly the top of the line. Only surpassed by the series 75 limousine and the series 70 Brougham. The hardtop model had the name Seville and as here on the Convertible the name was Biarritz.

Lucky Die-Cast 1:18 model of the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz is a beautiful model at first sight. Especially as we look at the light green metallic car model here. The paintwork of the body is as always impeccable. The name of the color is "Gleneagles Green Poly" on the paint chips card, and the model looks good with the metallic shine. This is one of the earlier produced molds from the Yatming Group and that is seen as some corners were cut when the model was given its detail richness, or lack of the same. As stated before it is always a tough decision from the firm’s development department how well a model car details should be in the given sales price range. When we look at the newer produced models, Lucky Die-cast is one of the best buys on the market!

I only have a few issues with this model. They are mostly all easy to correct with a little paintwork done by you! But the worst flaw, or shall we call it a quality problem is; the tolerance of the front wheels and their axels – there is way to much wobbling and the wheels can stand a bit of skew or cross eyed! If you handle your model a bit hard over time it will definitely be even worse!

The trunk on the model can be opened – This is a fine feature on this convertible (many of Lucky Die-Cast other models can not). But if you open your trunk on this Cadillac, there is only an “empty hole” – okay with a little patience you can build your own trunk interior.

Hereafter the model is only in need of some paint. Let’s start with the front of the car:
• The grill was painted black (only the holes)
• The back of the lenses of the headlights were painted white (to remove the pupil effect) easy to access via the underside of the front wheel well.
• The lovely made emblem in chrome on the hood was given “gold paint”
• Parking/directional light was painted white.

The side of the model was also given some attention:
• The center of the hubcaps has some fine Cadillac emblems they were painted with a toothpick.
• The hubcaps has fake spoke wheels trims (as the real car) the lower part was painted black
• The trim around the front wheel well opening was painted chrome as the trim is present on the real car
• Ten vertical chevrons in front of the rear wheel was also painted chrome
• The most notable feature of this Cadillac is the fins! They need chrome trim (paint) around its edges

Let’s go further back and look at the rear end of the model:
• Again the vertical chevrons on each side of the license plate was painted in chrome
• The lock on the deck lid as well as the tonneau cover snap locks was painted chrome (the real car Biarritz had metal tonneau cover)
• The back/directional lights was painted white
• The bezels around the backlights was painted chrome
• The big V-emblem on the deck lid was painted in gold

Lastly the interior of the car was also altered:
• Only use of Chrome paint on doors, side trims and seats and doorsteps
The interior is good with the dark navy blue leather seats and dashboard as it is, but pictures of the real car in this color sometime also have the same green color interior.

Up on the front the engine bay was left as it is. The details is fair here, if one wishes to super detail the motor with new paint and wires etc. Just unscrew the frame from the chassis.

If we look at the above paintwork, it is amazing how the model now is more realistic detailed and in my mind a more appealing model, when we compare it to the “out of box” configuration. Is the model in your collection, or you will find one in the future. I can highly recommend you to purchase the Liquid Chrome pen from Molotow – The 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz will shine even more!

This is one of the earlier produced models from Lucky Die-Cast and that shows in some lack of details. But it will be a shame to overlook the opportunity to own you own 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz in scale 1:18.
 

I will give this model 2 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and some movie clips for the real car. So please enjoy!

 

 

   

  Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  
  Showroom shot  
  A lovely color for this car  
If you like Chrome trim this is the car for you
Navy blue leather interior
Shark fins style
Shall we take a ride
Even the interior boost with chrome
Note the 10 vertical chevrons in front the rear wheel
A V8 under the hood
Cadillac where always a car for the few
Note the emblems on the deck lid and one the fins
A real head turner of it's days
Well made metal parts on this model
Note the hub caps
Grill and headlights lenses with paint
Painted chrome trim around the wheel well
Chrome trim around the brakelights
Painted chevrons as well as the parking/directional lights
V shape emblem in gold
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 

 

 

History:

You know you have a truly great collector car when there were only 815 made, they were luxurious AND they were REALLY expensive when they came out. At a start price of $ 7,500 in 1958. Costing nearly 50% more than a standard 62 series Cadillac and over TWO AND A HALF times the price of a Chevrolet Impala convertible of the same year, this 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible is a piece of art.

The Eldorado Biarritz and Seville had special colors reserved just for them: Olympic White, Rajah Silver Metallic, Argyle Blue Metallic, Gleneagles Green Metallic and Desert Gold Metallic.

The Eldorado Biarritz was luxury at its finest. Standard features included: Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, power windows, 6-way power front seat, power brakes, and signal seeking radio with rear speaker, leather interior, color-keyed carpeting, windshield washers and automatic heating system.

Power comes from a 365 cubic inch V8. Eldorado engines used triple two-barrel carburetors boosting the standard engine output of 310 horsepower up to 335 horsepower.

The volume Cadillac’s were heavily face lifted for 1958 in a manner typical of GM that year. Perhaps the most garish Caddys yet, they were laden with chrome and far less stylish than previous postwar models. Sales were poor, though a nationwide recession was probably more to blame than the baroque styling, which was, after all, in vogue. At 121,778 units, model year production was lower than at any time since 1954. Symbolizing the fall in fortunes was a V-8 slightly detuned in a faint nod toward fuel economy, limited to a single 310-bhp version for all models.

 A special show Eldorado introduced a "thinking" convertible top that raised itself and the side windows when a sensor detected raindrops, but this was another gimmick that came to nothing.

1958 Cadillac Notes
• Five special Eldorado Biarritz convertibles were built with completely automatic top riser mechanisms and metal tonneaus and incorporated humidity sensors which activated the top riser mechanism in case of rain. These cars had four place bucket seating and custom leather interior trims including driveshaft tunnel coverings.
• The 1958 Eldorado Brougham is a certified Milestone Car.
• James M. Roche was general manager
• Charles F. Arnold was chief engineer
• Charles Jordan was chief designer (Cadillac Studio)
• Fred H. Murray was general sales manager
• Cadillac production figures

Series 6261,053 (decreased 5,794)
Sedan de Ville23,989 (increased 181)
Coupe de Ville18,414 (decreased 5,399)
Eldorado1,671 (decreased 2,229)
Series 6012,900 (decreased 11,100)
Series 70 Eldorado Brougham304 (decreased 96)
Series 753,447 (decreased 622)

For 1958, Cadillac stood more or less pat on a winning hand. Styling changes involved minor sheet metal reshaping and ornamentation shuffling, and all models acquired the new four-headlamp system, first seen at 1957 Cadillac on the Brougham, in line with an industry trend. Eldorado performance was substantially improved with the adoption of three two-barrel carburetors, which boosted output to 335 bhp, 25 bhp up on the single-four-barrel engine used where in the line. The Seville 40 and Biarritz, which consistently bore identical price tags, raised a startling $762. The timing of such a substantial increase proved to be ill-advised in this deep recession year and sales fell by more than half.
On 62 Eldorado’s a V-shaped ornament and model identification script were mounted to the deck lid. The two luxury Cadillac’s also had ten vertical chevron slashes ahead of the open rear wheel housings and crest medallions on the flanks of tailfins. Broad, sculptured beauty panels decorated the lower rear quarters on Eldorado’s and extended around the wheel opening to stretch along the body sills.


Technical specification:

Engine
TypeV-8
Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 5.972 Liters Bore and stroke101.6mm x 92.1mm
Compression ratio 10.25:1
Break horsepower 355 hp @ 4800 rpmPower265 kW @ 4800 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Carburetors Three Rochester two-barrel Model 7015801

Model Number Body Style Model Seat Price Weight

Production Total

58H-62 6237SDX Supersize 2-door Coupe Seville 6 $7500 2232 kg 855
58E-62 6267SX Supersize 2-door Biarritz Convertible 6 $7500 2305 kg 815

Overview

Assembly Detroit, Michigan, United States
Designer Harley Earl
Body and chassis
Body style Series 62:
2-door hardtop
2-door convertible

Layout FR layout

Dimensions
Wheelbase: 129.5 in (3,289 mm)

Length: 223.4 in (5,674 mm)

Width: 80.0 in (2,032 mm)
 


 
 

Old brochures of the car

 
 

     

     

     

     

     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     

 

 

 

     
     
     
     

     

 

 

 
     

     
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

     

     
     
     
     

     

     

 

 

 

     

     
 
 
     
 

Videos of the real car from YouTube

 
     
     
  1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  
     
     
  1958 Cadillac Commercial  
     
 

 

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Aeronautic May 2018

 
 
 
     
     
     

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