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Price: $12,900 Stock Number: 10887
Engine: 425ci 180HP 4BBL 7.0 Litre V8 Transmission: "425 Series" Turbo Hydra-Matic
Mileage: 47452 Believed Original Miles VIN: 6L47S8Q303083
Exterior Color: Arizona Beige & Demitasse Brown Metallic w/Light Biege Vinyl Roof Interior Color: Light Beige and Dark Saddle Leather
Power Hydro-Boost with self-adjusting feature Front/Rear Disc Power Steering
Intermittent Windshield Wipers Cruise ControlTilt Steering
AM/FM/8 Track Stereo Radio w/Power Antenna

The 1978 Biarritz option packages consisted of the Eldorado Custom Biarritz ($2,466.00); with Astroroof ($3,547.00); with Sunroof ($3,347.00).

For the 1978 Eldorado model year only, 2,000 Eldorado Custom Biarritz Classics were produced in Two-Tone Arizona Beige/Demitasse Brown consisting of 1,499 with no Astroroofs or no Sunroofs; 475 with Astroroofs; 25 with Sunroofs and one (1) was produced with a Power Sliding T-Top. Only nine of the latter are known to have been retrofitted by the American Sunroof Company under the direction of General Motors' Cadillac Motor Division.

The Biarritz option stayed with the Eldorado through the 1991 model year. Some of the original styling cues vanished after the 1985 model year, such as the brushed stainless steel roofing and the interior seating designs, but the Biarritz remained unique just the same.

Our pristine 47,452 believed original mile southern car has been treasured as a classic since new.  This is in showroom quality condition and we believe is a completely original unmolested motorcar.  This Eldorado is a very clean, all original undercarriage that looks as though it was detailed for shows.

All the 2,000 Classics were modified as original equipment at American Sunroof in the Southgate, Michigan plant. The Arizona beige Eldorado’s were sent to American Sunroof, and there, American Sunroof applied the caps for the padded half-vinyl elk grain roof treatments. They also applied the interior window trim to style-down the size of the back window to match the exterior vinyl top. The window was full sized but was covered by the interior trim and the cap that was applied. The car came from Cadillac to American Sunroof with the interior pretty much complete with the two-tone interior treatment and leather wrapped steering wheel. The Arizona beige car was painted at American Sunroof with the Demitasse brown painted on the hood, and the front half of the roof was also painted Demitasse brown. The Biarritz trim molding was added as well as the dark brown accent striping. The special gold plated Biarritz script was also added. This completed the work by American Sunroof and the cars were shipped back to the Cadillac factory.

The production of the Classics probably started in the first week in May of 1978 and continued until late July of 1978. When the Classic was completed, a sticker was added on the driver’s side door above the door lock mechanism on the end of the door jam. This example has the sticker intact and almost as clear as the day it left the showroom.

1978 was the last year for the large, front-wheel drive Eldorado weighing in at 4,906 pounds and a wheel base of 126.3 inches and overall length of 224 inches (18.66 feet). In 1979, the down-sized Eldorado weighed in at 3792 pounds with a wheelbase 13 inches shorter and an overall length of 10 inches shorter than the 1978 Eldorado.

The engine was a cast iron block and head V-8 with displacement of 425 cubic inches (7.0 liters).

There are some good things about today's smaller cars. Washing and waxing one of the big Eldorado’s by yourself can be a real workout. Finding a parking space big enough (or a garage for that matter) can be a real challenge.

These late seventies Eldorado’s are well built, with most mechanical parts readily available as they were used on other GM makes, and for quite a few years. Things to look out for when buying one are the same as with earlier Eldorado models. Check for corrosion around the vinyl roof moldings, at the bottom of the front fenders, doors, and around the edges of the hood and deck lid. Performance is leisurely, but adequate for most, and some have reported good results from "tweaking" the engine. These cars ride and handle very well, and are easy to drive, even if you aren't accustomed to large cars. They are quite nimble, and are responsive to driver i

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