1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

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The Spectacular Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

In the two years since the Eldorado was first introduced by Cadillac, it has won itself a unique place in the hearts of motorist everywhere. Though the Eldorado name originally designated only the convertible model, it will include for 1956 both an open and closed car. The first of these- the spectacular Biarritz- is a true achievement in advanced design and engineering. Its high-sweeping fender lines... its beautiful grille and rear bumper assembly ... its unique "disappearing top" ... its special "Sabre - Spoke" wheels ... its special hood ornament ... its chrome ribbed saddle molding ... and it's many special color options ... give it a beauty all its own. To add still greater glamour, the Biarritz is available with gold wheels and a gold grille. And the Biarritz is powered by a special 305- h.p. Cadillac engine, and offers Cadillac's most advanced features of engineering throughout. In every way, it is a true masterpiece of Cadillac craftsmanship.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Infamous "Action Jackson" Biarritz

We have all heard the jokes about bodies in the trunks of old Cadillac's. Well, there was a time when it was a reality and one of the most brutal mob hits on record involved a 1956 Eldorado Biarritz.  

William Jackson AKA Action Jackson was an enforcer-loan collector for the Chicago mob during the 50's. A life long criminal, Action was a big man at 300+ pounds, known as a leg breaker that always got his money. Early in 1961, Action Jackson and 5 others were arrested during a heist. The others tried to run off but Action just stood there because he was too fat to run.  The FBI questioned Action after the arrest and even asked him to be an informant. 

Word spread through the Chicago outfit that Action was indeed working with the FBI. In August of 1961, Action Jackson was lured over to the meat packing district on the south side of Chicago. At this meeting, Action Jackson would meet his demise. He was brutally tortured for 3 days. The details of this hit are as gruesome as one could imagine. The short of the story is, he was hung on a meat hook, beaten, burned, cattle prodded and stabbed. This went on for three days. Action never admitted to being a rat. The fact of the matter is, he wasn't. The FBI later confirmed that Action refused to cooperate.

When Action finally died after three days of torture. He was stuffed in the trunk of his own Cadillac. Yep, it was an Emerald Green 1956 Eldorado Biarritz.  The car was driven over to lower Wacker Drive at Wells street and parked there with the windows open and the keys in the ignition. On August 11th of 1961, two police officers discovered the car sitting there with the keys still in it. The awful smell coming from the trunk prompted the officers to check out.  The nude brutally beaten body of Action Jackson was discovered. Corners report noted that the body was in the trunk at least 3 days. 

This gruesome hit made national news and the picture below was shown on the front page of many newspapers from coast to coast. 

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Here's one of the articles that ran in a Upstate NY newspaper on Aug 12, 1961

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Certainly not the glamourous life that we were lead to believe. A brutal end for a brutal enforcer of the mob. The irony of it all was, William Action Jackson was a loyal solider. Stay in school kids!  

Editors note: Not many cars can hold a 300 pound man comfortably in the trunk like that and no, this is one Biarritz I don't want to find!