The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, also known as the Series 70 Eldorado Brougham, was designed to be Cadillac’s halo car. Built at the Clark Street Cadillac plant, it was a four-door with reverse-hinged “suicide” rear doors that closed against a stub pillar, allowing the car to be constructed without a traditional B-pillar. The roof was made of stainless steel.
The Eldorado Brougham would be considered opulent even against today’s luxury cars. It was equipped with full power accessories such as power steering, power brakes, power windows and locks, but also had a number of additional luxuries including Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer, an automatic starter, air conditioning, cruise control, self-leveling air suspension, automatic trunk opener, electric antenna, automatic release parking brake, front-seat two-position memory, metal drink tumblers and a glove box door with magnetic tray, an Evans leather cigarette case, gold mechanical pencil, a vanity set with lipstick holder, a powder puff, perfume atomizer of Arpege by Lanvin , a comb, a beveled mirror, and a coin holder.
The Eldorado Brougham was hand built in small numbers, with 1957-1958 production totaling just 704 units. Sticker price on the Eldorado Brougham topped $13,000, more than double that of other Eldorados, and more than either of its primary competitors, the Lincoln Continental Mark II or the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud.
This 1957 Eldorado Brougham has been cosmetically restored and mechanically updated. Finished in a gorgeous shade of burgundy, the paint looks to have been done to a high standard. Chrome bumpers and the extensive chrome trim appear to have been refinished. Stainless trim has been polished to a brilliant finish. Kelsey-Hayes-style chrome wire wheels wear wide whitewall radials. Lights and lenses look fresh and new. Newer Cadillac rear view mirrors have been fitted.
The interior of this Eldorado Brougham is awash in custom two-tone leather on the front and rear bench seats, as well as the door panels. Some updates can be seen, such as the brushed metal cupholder that is hidden beneath the center armrest. Interior chrome and stainless share the same brilliant finish as the exterior brightwork. The dash features new gauges by Dakota Digital. Vintage Air keeps the cabin cool, and music is provided by a hidden Kicker Bluetooth audio system.
Beneath the hood of this Eldorado Brougham a sparkling engine bay is home to a modern Cadillac 6.0-liter LS powerplant. The engine is topped by a modern Cadillac engine cover painted in a glossy matching burgundy. The new mill is backed by four-speed automatic transmission. New disc brakes have been fitted.
This stunning classic with modern power will be heading to the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas event taking place June 17th-19th.