Eldorado Cadillac History 1961

Eldorado Cadillac Models & History 1961

Alongwith 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

1961 Cadillac Eldorado

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.


1961 Cadillac Eldorado c/o Vince Riches

  • Motor serial numbers took the same form used in 1960
    • the first pair of symbols changed to “61” to indicate 1961 model year
    • the next symbol was a letter to indicate the model as listed below
    • the next six numbers indicated the consecutive unit number beginning with 000001
  • The serial number was located at the front of the lefthand frame side bar
  • Motor serial numbers again matched and were found on the center lefthand side of the block above the oil pan
  • The alphabetical code “C” identified the new Series 6300 short-deck sedan


Model No. Style No. Body Type Seat Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
61-63E 6367E

Biarritz Convertible

6 $6477 2184 kg 1,450


Type V-8 – Overhead valves
Block Cast iron block
Displacement 6.384 Liters
Bore and stroke 101.6mm x 98.4mm
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Brake horsepower 325 hp @ 4800 rpm
Power 242 kW @ 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 3289mm 5639mm 8.20 x 15 Single


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