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Chevrolet Eldorado Biarritz

Eldorado Biarritz
EngineV eight-cylinder
Displacement6390 cm³
Bore * stroke101,6 * 98,4 mm
Compression10,5 : 1
Engine controlOHV
Mixture preparation3 dual carburetors
Fuel consumption17 til more than 25 liters/100 km (N)
Torque583 Nm at 3100 rpm
Performance254 kW (345 SAE-HP)
Rated speed4800 rpm
DrivetrainFront engine with rear drive
TransmissionFour-speed automatic
Wheelbase3300 mm
Front suspensionDouble wishbone, air suspension
Rear suspensionRigid axle, air suspension
SteeringServo, hydraulic
Tyres8.20 x 15, white sidewall (optional)
BrakesDrums, hydraulic, servo
FrameLongitudinal, in center pointed on each other (X-frame)
Length5715 mm
Width2040 mm
Height1382 mm
Basic weightApprox. 2270 kg + driver
Top speedApprox. 190 km/h
Sales priceApprox. 7400 $
ManufacturedSince 1959

The car goes down into automotive history together with the El Dorado saloon because of its complete equipment:

Electric softtop
Electric door lock system and luggage space
Electrical windows
Electrical antenna
Radio station search
Electrical (body-contoured) seats (6 way)
Automatic switch off high beam at oncoming trafficCruise control
Tinted windows
Air conditioning, heating
White wall tires
Fog lights

The problem is the driving behavior, because one combined a soft suspension and for this time extremely powerful performances. The chassis is not only unsafe, with its air suspension it is also interference-prone, therefore it is replaced at many still existing cars by a coil spring.

Actually, the El Dorado of the Spanish language is the 'golden land' in South America. Transferred to General Motors, the model indicates a golden decade. The car abounds with industrial and stylish pride. Nearly six feet (even 7-feet versions may have) with lots of chrome in front and and clear affinities with jets rear, it has put any restraint. Even in the price, that is about three times as high as that of a 'normal' American road cruiser. To escalate this is not possible. On the contrary, subsequent models are slowly back to senses.               Top of page               Index
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