The Eldorado Brougham was Cadillac's most exclusive and dramatically styled automobile of the 1950's. Designed by Ed Glowake, it was produced for only two years, 1957-58, before being supplanted in the 1959 redesign. Only 703 were built in the two years. The Eldorado Brougham's price of $13,074 was nearly enough to buy two Eldorado Seville hardtop coupes. Each 1958 Eldorado Brougham was lavished with every comfort and convenience feature Cadillac could conceive, powered by a triple-carburetor 335 horsepower version of Cadillac's famed 365 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 engine and individually specified from a nearly limitless array of colors and materials.
The Eldorado Brougham's significance, aside from its luxury, rarity and performance, lay in the beautiful body hand built in Cadillac's own shops. It was Cadillac's first four-door hardtop and rode on Cadillac's shortest 1958 wheelbase, 126 inches, a trim luxury statement intended for the successful businessman or professional who preferred to be behind the wheel and in control. The hardtop roofline under its distinctive brushed stainless steel roof was barely distinguishable from a two-door but the rear hinged back doors facilitated graceful rear seat entry and exit. The rounded nose and tail with quarter-style bumpers were immediately recognizable as different from run of the mill Cadillacs and the interiors incorporated the finest materials and design.
Built in small quantity and embodying the height of luxury and equipment, the Eldorado Brougham was the epitome of Fifties exclusivity.
Each Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was individually crafted and they are extravagantly expensive to restore but this 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was treated to a no expense spared body off the frame restoration in 2002. Done to the highest standards, it was awarded Most Elegant car at the 2003 Palos Verdes Concours and a First Place award also in 2003 at the Palo Alto Concours, then showed at the Art Center College of Design and Rodeo Drive Concours where it trophied both times. No detail has been overlooked. It is finished in Polar Ice Blue, a correct 1958 Eldorado Brougham color with Grey and Blue leather upholstery and interior trim and matching Ice Blue carpets. Its vanity accessories, often lost, are complete including the six magnetic shot glasses, Arpege perfume atomizer and cigarette case. The suspension has been converted to steel springs but the air suspension compressor is correctly installed in the crisp, sharp engine compartment.
Still exquisite a dozen years after it was first restored and shown, this is a rare statement of quality, exclusivity and luxury, the ultimate luxury automobile for the owner-driver who appreciated the uniquely advanced style of its compact four-door hardtop body on a chassis of unrivaled power, comfort and performance.
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