1959 Cadillac Brougham

The 1959 Cadillac’s were nothing if not extravagant, with big engines, posh interiors and even bigger fins. It was the ultimate fin treatment on Cadillac’s, accented with matching front and rear grille treatments and immense chrome bumpers like the exhaust ports on intergalactic space ships. Fortunately one Cadillac in 1959 was much more restrained, even refined, the Eldorado Brougham hardtop. Its small, sharp fins foreshadowed Cadillac's redesign for 1960. Its expansive flanks were attractively creased but free from gaudy embellishment. A flat windshield that eliminated the knee-knocker encroachments of the rest of Cadillac's wraparound screens foreshadowed 1961. The Eldorado Broughams were bodied in Italy by Pinin Farina on Cadillac's standard 130 inch wheelbase chassis equipped with 345hp 390 cubic inch triple carburetor engines shipped from the U.S., then returned to Cadillac for completion at Fleetwood to customers' orders. The Eldorado Brougham's price of $13,074 FOB Detroit over a thousand dollars more than the median single family house value in the U.S. It's not surprising, then, that only 99 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Broughams were built, followed by 101 in 1960 when the model was dropped from Cadillac's catalog. In addition to being loaded with every available option and accessory in Cadillac's extensive catalog the Eldorado Brougham had rear door quarter windows that automatically retracted when the door latch was operated. It facilitated entry and exit, but even today startles those who aren't prepared for it. This 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is finished in a rich black with luxurious blue cloth upholstery on the seats, door panels and kick panels. It still rides on its air suspension system and has full wheel covers and whitewall tires. Its condition is exceptional, with a quality older repaint and very good interior and chrome. It obviously has had extensive cosmetic attention not only to the exterior but also to the engine compartment, which is fully detailed and very clean, and the underbody. The black body is impressively straight, with even door gaps and flush panel fits indicating that it was a strong, straight, original car before the cosmetic and mechanical work was undertaken. A gorgeous, luxurious automobile, it has a presence that commands respect and appreciation.

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