Friday, April 15, 2016

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible by Franklin Mint

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible by Franklin Mint

"More Chrome, Bigger Fins!"

Bullet-style twin tail lights

The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002. This model is third generation of the most expensive GM car.

The nameplate Eldorado is a contraction of two Spanish words that translate as "the gilded (i.e., golden) one" — and also refers to El Dorado, the mythical South American "Lost City of Gold" that fascinated Spanish explorers.
The top-of-the line Cadillac Eldorado, this model marked a significant change in style for the Cadillac. There were two different roof lines and roof pillar designs. The grill featured a jeweled styling with matching deck lid beauty panels, and of course there were the distinctive taillights and tail fins. - David Holls's famous tailfins, the largest ever installed on an American production car.
Biarritz models had the Eldorado name spelled out behind the front wheel opening and featured broad, full-length body sill highlights that curved over the rear fender profile and back along the upper beltline region.
The Eldorado featured the ultimate Cadillac engine for 1959, the enlarged 390cid V8, topped by three two-barrel Rochester carburetors. This produced 345hp and was mated to a 3-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission as standard equipment.  The Biarritz Convertible was Cadillac's most expensive open-air car for 1959, and just 1,320 examples were built.
There can be no doubt that the world of aviation had a profound influence on the designers at Cadillac. Cadillac was the first to introduce fins on a car, with the P-38 style tail fins of the late 1940s models. In 1959, airplanes had become an every-day thing, and the space program and rockets were now big news. The 1959 Cadillac Eldorado boasted the tallest tail fin ever found on a production vehicle at 45 inches in height, and the bullet-style twin taillights, all reminiscent of rocketry. 
It's time to introduce Eldorado Biarritz in 1:43 scale from the Franklin Mint. All the characteristic attributes of a classic American cruiser are here - size, shape, and wow effect.
This model has very good finish, extremely bright high quality chrome parts.
Body with Biarritz unique sweeping chrome trim that decorated the side of the car. Nice detail - Eldorado lettering on the sides of the front fenders, just behind the headlamps. Opening hood with big V8 engine and detailed chassis.
This is an absolute American icon. Cadillac 1959 model Eldorado Biarritz with the largest fins. Awesome model in color Olympic White and Red interior made by Franklin Mint in the year 1987 in the range Classic Car of the 50‘s. Ultimate Five stars model!

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1987
 Part Number: KE21
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 9/10 

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