It’s hard to get quality without spending a fortune in today’s world. Back in the day, it seems things were a bit different. Cadillac reportedly lost $10,000 for every 1957 Eldorado Brougham that was built, and at the time they were the most expensive production cars you could find. Because of this, production only lasted for 2 years, with 704 ever built. The Cadillac photoed above is the 16th Brougham to be made.
The original price was $13,974, and to say the value has risen is a gross understatement, as the car is now worth somewhere between $125,000 and $175,000. We’ll find out for sure on July 25th, when the Cadillac will make its way across the block at the upcoming RM-Sotheby’s auction in Detroit.
This Cadillac has been well taken care of, with all electrical features working properly, save the electric seat switches in the door panel. However, a new switch has been installed to move the seat up and back. Other small details have been addressed as well, and recent servicing includes new wheel cylinders, brake shoes, master cylinder, and the chrome was re-plated “as necessary.” This allowed the previous owner to enjoy cruises that were over a 100 miles long. Not bad for a 58-year-old car.
We have no doubt that this car will get a lot of attention, as the pre-war “halo model” for GM reminds us of a time when cost and profit wasn’t the main concern, and building a car that went beyond expectations was the main goal.