: Pictures of 1985 Cadillac Biarritz w 3500 orig miles, what do you think it is worth?



hdrider00
08-20-12, 07:29 PM
I finally went to my aunts house to see her 1985 Cadillac Biarritz she and my uncle bought new. Long story made short, he passed away and she never drove it again. She has decided to now sell it and I am only trying to help her get an idea of what to sell it for. I personally took about 50 pictures and the only thing I could possibly see wrong with it are some minor scratches on the trunk from someone sliding something across the dust that is on the car. It has never been in an accident and she has all the original documentation showing she paid over $40,000 brand new. This is like a car that was in a time capsule. The seats are like the day it left the factory. I took extensive pictures of under the front and rear bumper looking for any signs of any work done, nothing was found, it is 100% original.

For those of you that said I was a liar, this should shut you up and I really did not appreciate your comments, I only wanted some help.

If anyone could help this wonderful 90 year old lady out with some constructive thoughts on the best way to sell it, I will print them out and send them to her. My thoughts were to leave it as is and put it on Ebay just as it is. Somebody else said I should have it taken to a shop, have them detail it, get it running again, then sell. Could you please advise?

Here is the link to the pictures:

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=b44475fd1e1acff4&id=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!172&Bsrc=Share&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos

They were too large to post here I tried.

If you want any more pictures I have a lot of them.

I thank you for any help and advice. I am going to sell this car for my aunt as she now needs the money.

Regards

Jesda
08-20-12, 07:33 PM
Why are you telling us to shut up? Did I miss something?

The link to photos didnt work.

cadillac kevin
08-20-12, 07:47 PM
Why are you telling us to shut up? Did I miss something?

The link to photos didnt work.

When he originally posted about it, he disappeared without giving any pictures, so people thought he was full of BS. (People posting about so and so's low mileage old car that they want to buy/ sell and never posting pics/ more specific info is not that uncommon on here)

MrHolland
08-20-12, 07:52 PM
Allow me to say the same thing I said in you original post; I'd love to have an 85 Eldog, post up some pics!!! As mentioned, your link isnt working.

BigCadMan_1
08-20-12, 08:16 PM
Why are you telling us to shut up? Did I miss something?

Nope....not much.

hueterm
08-20-12, 08:47 PM
When he originally posted about it, he disappeared without giving any pictures, so people thought he was full of BS. (People posting about so and so's low mileage old car that they want to buy/ sell and never posting pics/ more specific info is not that uncommon on here)

There are still no pictures, so it may yet still be BS.

Mint condition and assuming the thing isn't dryrotted from sitting so long -- $15K to a somewhat wide audience. You could find a millionaire somewhere who had to have that car and money wasn't an object -- but...good luck with that.

Ranger
08-20-12, 09:25 PM
KBB puts it at Low Retail $4,450, Average Retail $8,050, High Retail $12,450. That mileage should put it at or above high retail (in spite of the HT4100).

hdrider00
08-20-12, 10:40 PM
Try this link:

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=b44475fd1e1acff4&id=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!172&Bsrc=Share&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos#!/?cid=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!cid=B44475FD1E1ACFF4&id=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!172

hdrider00
08-20-12, 10:51 PM
the link, I hope it works this time.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=b44475fd1e1acff4&id=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!172&Bsrc=Share&Bpub=SDX.SkyDrive&sc=Photos#!/?cid=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!cid=B44475FD1E1ACFF4&id=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!172

It is on skydrive let me know if it does not work.

Thank you for the helpful comments. I have better things to do then waste your time or mine, again, just looking to help my aunt and thinking about putting it on ebay for her. I was thinking of not doing anything to it, list it as is. It ran some time ago she said so besides some cleanup, draining fluids, putting some oil in the cylinders before starting, it might be fine. As for any plastic rotting, there is none.

Ron

hdrider00
08-20-12, 11:06 PM
Does my link work now?

hueterm
08-20-12, 11:07 PM
No. It wants your Skydrive login.

hdrider00
08-20-12, 11:29 PM
once again... very sorry, Ron

https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=B44475FD1E1ACFF4!172&authkey=!AOrwKTNhF51McRA

hdrider00
08-20-12, 11:29 PM
Hueterm, let me know if this last one worked. Thx...

RightTurn
08-20-12, 11:36 PM
It works. Car looks amazing.

cadillac kevin
08-20-12, 11:50 PM
That is probably the nicest looking eldorado I have seen of that period..and it appears to be very well optioned. I have never seen a digital dash in an eldorado. I'd put that car (as it sits) at 8k+ if listed on ebay. If you want a mint mid 80s eldo, that would be it.

CadillacLuke24
08-20-12, 11:50 PM
WOW. That car "looks" plush!!! It's in incredible shape! I'd have to say though, with the age, the bushings, tires, and other rubber components may have had their fill.

cadillac kevin
08-20-12, 11:52 PM
WOW. That car "looks" plush!!! It's in incredible shape! I'd have to say though, with the age, the bushings, tires, and other rubber components may have had their fill.

Honestly, with the car in that shape, I'd say that has minimal impact on the price. Whoever buys that car will be garaging it and rarely, if ever, driving it.

MrHolland
08-21-12, 12:28 AM
Don't let me get my hands on it, I might drive the wheels off it!!!

----Great car!

hueterm
08-21-12, 12:34 AM
Very nice!

Johnxlrv
08-21-12, 09:05 AM
Does the HT4100 of that era suffer from any issues?

Agreed, very nice and nice to see Ca plates (being that I live near Santa Clara - judging from the frame)

I would also want to drive the wheels off

Ranger
08-21-12, 11:05 AM
The HT4100 was known for HG failures (been there, done that). The good thing is that they could be replaced without removing the engine. The other main complaint is that it was so under powered it could not pull a sick whore out of school. It was probably Cadillacs worst engine.

77CDV
08-21-12, 01:31 PM
Lovely car in very good physical condition. It will need some mechanical reconditioning to be operable (even a trailer queen has to get on and off the trailer). Given mileage and condition, as well as the unusually high option content, I'd say an asking price of $15K would be a nice place to start, with a final selling price somewhere around $12K.

Elvis
08-21-12, 01:49 PM
You just don't see an undercarriage that clean very often, yet with all that surface rust. Twenty seven winters of condensation tried to take their toll but probably didn't do any damage at all.

I'm with the guy who commented on the rubber issues. A lot of things will need to be taken apart, cleaned, and put back together again with new little rubber pieces. Some of that rubber may have even decomposed into an oily, gooey mess.

All in all I'd offer more than $10k for it, but I highly value that specific car (79-85). Most people wouldn't.

BigCadMan_1
08-21-12, 03:16 PM
Lovely car in very good physical condition. It will need some mechanical reconditioning to be operable (even a trailer queen has to get on and off the trailer). Given mileage and condition, as well as the unusually high option content, I'd say an asking price of $15K would be a nice place to start, with a final selling price somewhere around $12K.

Sorry but that car will never sell for $12k in today's market. Non convertible, no sunroof, HT4100, it all works against it for that high a resale. Ask in the mind 8k and be ready to take something in the high 6k.

97EldETC
08-21-12, 03:40 PM
Why does the mileage counter not go up to the triple digits? Interesting...

brandondeleo
08-21-12, 04:24 PM
Why does the mileage counter not go up to the triple digits? Interesting...
A lot of cars were like that... For example, the '80s Suburban. Only went up to the tens of thousands.

bigm57ict
08-21-12, 04:24 PM
Why does the mileage counter not go up to the triple digits? Interesting...

You're revealing a bit about your age here :)
6-figure odometers did not become common until the '90's
(at least on American made cars)

97EldETC
08-21-12, 05:44 PM
Indeed, I'm 17 lol.

truckinman
08-21-12, 07:52 PM
Yep most cars back then only had 5 digit counters. I'll be honest, that alone makes me weary to buy a car that old with "low" miles. How do we know it's not maxed itself out and has reset the counter. I mean, did they make em so once they maxed out they would stay that way? Or were they able to roll back over to "00000".

Ranger
08-21-12, 08:46 PM
No. Once they reached 100,000 they just rolled over and started all over again. That said, it's pretty easy to tell the difference between a 3,500 mile car and a 103,500 mile car. The drivers seat and brake pedal alone should tell the tale.

Elvis
08-21-12, 11:54 PM
They seldom lasted long enough for the odometer to go that high. My father gave me his take on GM cars and how long they would last before you needed to start planning to trade or else pump a lot of money into them.

Cadillac: 80,000 miles
Oldsmobile: 60,000
Pontiac/Buick: 50,000
Chevy: 40,000

At least, he said that was his experience. This was around 1975. My recollection from the cars we had, he was right. But my '81 cutlass started crapping out at around 48,000 miles. Just a lot of stupid plastic crap wearing out.

I for one am glad they don't make 'em like they used to. Some things were better back then, but for the most part cars are better now. They're over complicated in some ways, but overall better.

Jesda
08-22-12, 04:09 AM
Cars have become less desirable, more reliable.

Chrysler has displayed some passion recently, using design to differentiate itself in a crowded, increasingly bland auto market. Cadillac did in the previous decade.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-22-12, 07:57 AM
Elvis, good to see you again. It's been a while.

Elvis
08-22-12, 10:14 AM
Thx, ILC, it's good to see all of these familiar names still on the board.

Of all the forums I've visited in the past 15-20 years, this one is by far the best community. Unfortunately, I Haven't had any time to play with cars or spend time on a forum talking about them in over four years. That needs to change!

cadillac kevin
08-22-12, 11:04 AM
No. Once they reached 100,000 they just rolled over and started all over again. That said, it's pretty easy to tell the difference between a 3,500 mile car and a 103,500 mile car. The drivers seat and brake pedal alone should tell the tale.

Don't forget the drivers armrest. They always crack apart after 60-80k.