The name of the Cadillac Eldorado is the combination of two Spanish words that translate into “the gilded (golden) one.” The name also refers to El Dorado – the mythical lost city of gold, which is probably why young folk associate the car with the animated movie from 2000 (or maybe that’s just me).
The Eldorado was first introduced in 1953, and by 1957 the car came in both a hardtop and convertible model, referred to as the Brougham and Seville editions. During the years 1957 to 1960, the Eldorado Brougham models were the most lavish vehicles Cadillac offered. In 1958 the hand-built car was offered with 44 different trim options and 15 exterior color options, with only 304 units being built. Its price range was double that of any Rolls-Royce at the time, and was the chariot of choice for Hollywood royalty at the time. Because of its status, the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham remains one of the most definitive vehicles for the Cadillac brand (whether they’ll admit it or not), even after nearly 60 years.
This particular 1958 Eldorado Brougham with a black-and-white leather interior you see here is quite rare, and after a three-year restoration process, it is in impeccable condition. The restoration included a complete breakdown of the entire body along with a rebuilt 364-cubic inch V8 and three-speed automatic transmission.
A noteworthy trait of the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is that it marked the final year of domestic production, with assembly moving to Pininfarina in Turin, Italy. The car is set to cross the block at Barrett-Jackson Northeast with no reserve set, though we bet this car will fetch a pretty penny from some lucky collector.