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1976-1977-1978 Cadillac Fleetwood
Eldorado Custom Biarritz

Image: 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Custom Biarritz

1976-1977-1978 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD ELDORADO CUSTOM BIARRITZ AT A GLANCE:

Years Available: 1976-1977-1978 (continued into the third and fourth generation Eldorados)

Number Built: Unknown/researching

Paint: 1976 - Cotillion White (paint code 11); Academy Gray (16); Sable Black (19); Innsbruck Blue (28); and Firethorn (36)
1977 - Cotillion White (11); Sable Black (19); Cerulean Blue Firemist (90); Buckskin Firemist (95); and Frost Orange Firemist (96)
1978 - Cotillion White (11); Colonial Yellow (54); Ruidoso Saddle (69); Carmine Red (80); and Mediterranean Blue Firemist (90)

Interior Trim: 1976 - White (trim code 072); Antique Light Smoke Gray (152); Black (192); Antique Light Blue (242); and Antique Dark Firethorn (712)
1977 - White (014); Black (164); Antique Light Blue (244); Antique Light Buckskin (644); and Saffron (674)
1978 - White (114); Antique Light Blue (244); Antique Light Yellow (504); Antique Medium Saddle (604); and Dark Carmine (744)

Accent Striping: 1976 - White (stripe code 10A); and Red (76A)
1977 - Dark Blue (D); Red (F); and Orange (V)
1978 - Dark Blue (C); Red (F); Saddle (U); and Orange (V)

Price: 1977 - $1,760; 1978 - $1,865 (Sunroof or Astroroof options are extra)

EXTERIOR FINISHES

1976 CUSTOM BIARRITZ COLORS
Image: Cotillion White Image: Academy Gray Image: Sable Black Image: Innsbruck Blue Image: Firethorn

1977 CUSTOM BIARRITZ COLORS
Image: Cotillion White Image: Sable Black Image: Cerulean Blue Firemist Image: Buckskin Firemist Image: Frost Orange Firemist

1978 CUSTOM BIARRITZ COLORS
Image: Cotillion White Image: Colonial Yellow Image: Ruidoso Saddle Image: Carmine Red Image: Mediterranean Blue Firemist

Image: Eldorado Custom Biarritz formal rear window design with French seam

Above: Back window has a smaller, more formal look with an elegant French seam for added distinction. Note the Opera Lamps and Biarritz script on the sail panels, and special accent striping on the rear quarter panel.

Below: Eldorado Custom Biarritz Sierra Grain Leather seating areas in Antique Light Buckskin. The Contoured Pillow-Style Seating with 50/50 Dual Comfort front seats were standard.

Image: Eldorado Custom Biarritz Leather interior

The Eldorado Custom Biarritz combines a magnificent interior with distinctive exterior design and exquisite refinements throughout.

DETAILS
The Custom Biarritz color combinations were usually monotone, with paint, vinyl roof, and interiors all matching. Accent striping contrasted with the paint color. The exceptions to this rule are the 1976 Cotillion White and Sable Black cars, which could have matching interiors or Firethorn interiors. The 1978 Carmine Red color combination, which came with a contrasting white vinyl roof, could have either a White or Dark Carmine colored interior as well.

INTERIOR
Eldorado excitement takes on a special appeal with soft, supple Sierra Grain Leather for the seating areas, combined with the luxury of Cadillac Contoured Pillow-Style Seating and 50/50 Dual Comfort front seats. (Note: the 1976 models did not include the 50/50 Dual Comfort seats with contoured, pillow-style leather seating; that was introduced in 1977. The 1976 models utilized a standard Eldorado interior, which could be ordered with or without the 50/50 seating.)

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The Custom Biarritz features a Cabriolet roof treatment, with back and rear quarter window styling that is unmistakably different than other Eldorados. The formal, smaller rear window features a French seam, and an aluminum cross-over molding with vinyl insert that sweeps across the roof, separating the painted front section from the padded, Elk Grain Vinyl rear section.

Image: Eldorado Custom Biarritz accent stripes and stainless belt moldingBrushed stainless steel accent moldings with black accent grooves run from under the rear quarter window forward to the hood, terminating in a spear-like design near the front edge.

Special accent stripes for the front fenders, doors, and rear quarter panels provide side distinction, and feature a unique design not shared on any other Eldorado. Opera Lamps are located behind the rear quarter windows, and emit a soft glow at night.

REFINEMENTS
A remote control mirror on the passenger side provides balance, convenience, and safety, and is included in the Custom Biarritz option. Color-coordinated wheel discs match the finish of the car. And...finally...elegant Biarritz script for the roof sail panels and deck lid.

AVAILABILITY
The Eldorado Custom Biarritz became available late in the 1976 model year. For 1977 and beyond, it was a full production option that became very popular with Cadillac customers. Available color choices were limited.

COMMEMORATING THE END OF AN ERA
The final full-sized Eldorado was built in 1978, and as a way of commemorating the occasion and bidding farewell to the second generation body style, Cadillac worked with American Sunroof Corporation (ASC) to develop 2000 special 1978 Eldorado Custom Biarritz Classic cars. Click the link for details about these special edition Eldorados.

When the fourth generation Eldorados were introduced in 1979, the Biarritz included a brushed stainless steel front roof cap, very much reminiscent of the 1957-1958 Eldorado Brougham. The wide chrome crossover molding that separated the stainless cap in front from the padded vinyl in the rear continued forward to the tips of the front fenders. By 1985, the final year of the fourth generation body style, the Biarritz option was priced at $3,395.