1976 CUSTOM BIARRITZ COLORS
1977 CUSTOM BIARRITZ COLORS
1978 CUSTOM BIARRITZ COLORS
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.
The Eldorado Custom Biarritz combines a magnificent interior with distinctive
exterior design and exquisite refinements throughout.
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
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.)
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.
Brushed 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.
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.
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.