1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Overhead view

1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

This was the last year for the big Cadillac Eldorado, and this one is a Biarritz, which represented the top of the line in Eldorado. The Biarritz received a premium interior along with an exterior with brushed stainless accent moldings and super thick padded half roof. If you ever wanted the sensation of riding in a cloud, this was it. The Biarritz leather seating, one of the plushest seating ever produced, along with of the smoothest suspensions ever produced, will give you that exact feeling. That super long hood, reminiscence of an era gone by, was considered the modern age Duesenbergs, has now joined the ranks of all those collectible vintage automobiles.

This example in Colonial Yellow with matching yellow interior has to be the proverbial, cream puff of automobiles. With less than 12k original miles and pampered all of its life in a temperature controlled environment. Front wheel drive with the biggest available Cadillac engine for the model year, the 425 ci 4 bbl. torque maker. The nearly 19′ of luxury driving down the road commanded attention, as you just never see one in this pristine condition. This is the exact car that was used in a book of Cadillac’s, representing the Eldorado line of 1978, as you will see in the photos I have included. Unfortunately, I no longer own this beauty, as I sold it to a collector in Austria, who is currently enjoying showing off this American Icon of luxury.

Few cars over the years have been as luxurious, as quiet, as comforting, and as beautiful as the Eldorado Custom Biarritz Classic. If you were seeking distinction, this was your car, and you were noticed. Enjoying every mile behind the wheel, knowing that you were commanding one of the final full-sized luxury cars built by America’s luxury leader, Cadillac.

 

1991 Callaway Corvette Twin Turbo Convertible (1 of 6)

1991 Callaway Corvette Twin Turbo Convertible Driver Side Distanced

1991 Callaway Corvette Twin Turbo Aerobody RPO B2K

Callaway logo

This is 1 of 6 ever produced. This car was originally built through the G.M. rpo B2K option order, for the manufacturer of Dymag Wheels. Dymag Wheels were offered on the 87-early 91 Callaway Twin Turbo  cars. Wheels were made of magnesium, although in the last batch of production, Callaway switched to the OZ racing line which were applied on the ultra rare Callaway Twin Turbo Speedsters. Callaway Corvettes with the Aerobody package were aerodynamically capable of hitting 190+ mph. Hitting these speeds in a production vehicle was unheard of at the time. Also unheard of was the price tag of this car, as it had a window sticker of $121k, making it the most expensive GM car of the day. Again, we’re talking about 1991 money. In today’s money, this amount would equate to $180k+. Because of the break up between Callaway and the owner of Dymag, this car was sold to its European owner, the famous Phillipe Charriol, a well-known Swiss Jewelry/Watch designer and manufacturer who was also a very well respected race car driver in European circles.

 

1991 Callaway Corvette Twin Turbo Engine Performance Specs:

  • 403 hp (301 kW) and 582 lb ft (789 N x M)
  • Special Engine Prep and Components:
  • Splayed 4 bolt mains
  • Forced Gas Nitrided Crankshaft, 60Rc Journal Hardness
  • Proprietary Mahle Forged Pistons with 7.5:1 compression; Plasma Moly Ring Package
  • Dry sump pump for turbo oil scavenge and polished air inlet castings
  • Balance and Blueprint Operations Include:
  • Magnaflux Block and Crank Assembly, crankshaft journals cross-drilled and micropolished
  • Aluminum cylinder heads decked; line bore main bearing caps and block; decks squared to crank centerline; all galleries cleaned and replugged; valve springs shimmed for equal pressure, and all threads chased.

Production for 1991:

There were 62 ordered in this last year of Twin Turbo production. In total, 492 B2K Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes were ordered through the normal sales channels. Of these, less than half were convertibles and of those, 6 were ordered through GM with the new Aerobody.

The most famous of the Callaway Twin Turbo was the 1988 prototype named “The Sledgehammer”. The Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette held the World Street Legal speed record of 254.76 mph.

The special edition Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette was available from 1987 to 1991 as Regular Production Option (RPO) B2K and could be ordered from select dealers in the U.S.. Corvette orders with the B2K option selected were shipped to Callaway Cars in Old Lyme, Connecticut, for the Twin Turbo conversion directly from the Bowling Green assembly plant.

Once converted and tested, the Callaway Corvettes were then shipped to their ordering dealers for final delivery to their respective owners. Dealer repairs of the Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes were covered by the standard GM 12 mo./12,000 mile warranty, with Callaway Cars, Inc. reimbursing dealers for the time and materials on repairs to the added components. This was the only time when GM has allowed a factory order able non-GM performance enhancement on the Corvette.

From 1987-1991, a total of 497 (B2K) Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes were ordered through the normal sales channels, making the Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes some of the most collectible and rare Corvettes in history.