Cadillac Eldorado History 1961

Cadillac Eldorado Models & History 1961

Along with a reduction in horsepower from 345 to a still ample 325 bhp, 1961 brought a substantial reduction in the Eldorado’s price. At $6477, this year’s Biarritz was $924 cheaper than its 1960 counterpart, though that, still represented a premium of more than $1000 above the less prestigious Series 62 convertible. One almost had to look for the nameplate to distinguish the Biarritz from other Cadillacs. Yet even if it had lost much of its former distinction, this remained a top-quality automobile characterized by such luxury touches as a premium interior lined with ostrich-grain leather. Production rose slightly, presumably in response to the reduced price, but the ’61 was hardly cause for excitement.


Model Number Style Number Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
61-63E 6367E Biarritz Convertible 6 6477 4805 1,450


Type V-8 – Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block.
Displacement 390 cubic inches.
Bore and stroke 4.00 x 3-8/8 inches.
Compression ratio 10.5:1.
Brake horsepower 325 @ 4800 rpm
Bearings Five main bearings.
Valve Lifters Hydraulic valve lifters.
Carburetion Rochester four-barrel Model 701930.


Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires Exhaust
Eldorado 129.5″ 222″ 8.20 x 15 Single


None available.


Air conditioning $474
Autronic Eye $46.
Cruise Control $97.
Door guards on two-door $4
Electric door locks on two-door $46
E-Z-Eye Glass $52.
Pair of fog lamps $43
License plate frame $6
Six-way power seat $85-113
Power windows $85
Power vent windows $73
Radio with rear speaker $16
Radio with remote control $247
Remote control trunk lock $59
Five white sidewall tire size 8.20 x 15 four-ply standard.
Permanent anti-freeze -20° $8
Permanent anti-freeze -40° $9.
Accessory groups A and B included mostly the same features as 1960 at the combined total of individual prices listed above


  • Total model year output for all 1961 cars amounted to 138,379 units.
  • A limited slip differential was optional at $53.70.