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Lot Number
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1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $140,000 - $160,000
CHASSIS NO: 5770091032
• Limited production, top-of-the-line model from inaugural year
• 1 of just 400 produced for 1957
• The height of 1950s Cadillac elegance; excellent provenance
• Single-family ownership and outstanding care through 2012
• Recent and full documented restoration under prior owner/collector
• Powerful 325-HP Cadillac V-8 and wonderful “Jet Age” features

365 cid V-8 engine, twin four-barrel carburetors, 325 HP, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, four-link rear suspension with air springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"


A study in “Dream Car” design and engineering, Cadillac’s Eldorado Brougham stood as quite likely the world’s most luxurious and advanced automobile. Previewed in concept form at New York’s Waldorf Astoria in 1955 and in production-ready guise at GM’s 1956 Motorama shows, the Brougham was built for 1957 through 1960 and stands as one of the last truly hand-built Cadillac models. Ample power – 325 horsepower – was delivered by a twin-carbureted 365-cubic-inch Eldorado V-8 and Hydra-Matic automatic transmission. Incredibly well-equipped, the Eldorado Brougham featured air-conditioning, myriad power amenities, pushbutton-operated rear doors and trunk lid, and door locks automatically activated when the car was placed into gear. A memory front seat was a production-car first, as were forged aluminum “Saber-Spoke” wheels. Personal items within the glove box included a ladies’ vanity case with compact, powder puff, comb and holder, lipstick, coin holders, six matched beverage tumblers, a tissue dispenser, and cigarette case. The rear seat armrest contained a notepad and pencil, mirror, and a one-ounce atomizer of Arpège perfume by Lanvin.

Just 400 Eldorado Broughams were assembled for the model’s initial 1957 production year, plus 304 more for 1958. Another 99 and 101 followed on a longer wheelbase for 1959 and 1960. Intended for the era’s elite, the Eldorado Brougham was priced from $13,074 new, twice the cost of the Eldorado Biarritz convertible and more than the contemporary Rolls-Royce and Ford Motor Company’s Continental II. Still, GM reportedly lost about $10,000 for every Brougham produced. Listed on The Cadillac Database© Eldorado Brougham Survivors Registry, this very special first-year example is rare and refreshing as 1 of only 24 delivered new in 1957 in Code 124 Copenhagen Blue paint and 1 of 6 delivered in Trim Code 2521 Medium Blue leather upholstery and original Karakul carpeting. It was fully restored under the prior owner/collector with bound documentation including receipts and photographs. Having traveled only an approximate 38,000 miles, it importantly retains the factory-installed rear air-assisted rear suspension system, which is functional.

The Brougham also carries exceptional provenance, having been delivered new at a Cadillac dealership in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, remaining in the Keystone State until relocating to Illinois in 2004. It was purchased in 1958 by the grandfather of the prior owner and remained under single-family ownership until the current Texas owner acquired it in 2012. According to his grandson, the grandfather loved the Brougham and only used it on special occasions and on Sundays for church. The Brougham was a prized member of the family. After the passing of the first owner in 1965, it became the property of his widow until she passed in 1985. Remaining in the family, the Brougham was stored in the family garage and received regular care including start-ups, oil changes, and applications of wax through 1998. Obviously well cared-for as a beloved family member through 2012, the Brougham was fully restored under the next owner/caretaker and as now offered, it continues to clearly benefit from the fastidious care and attention it has received during its pampered existence from new. Visually striking, the Eldorado Brougham had already benefited from careful preservation of its luxurious Medium Blue leather upholstery under the prior owner, who had the driver’s seat covering replaced with new leather at considerable expense. An album containing restoration photographs and receipts is included with this very rare high-style, high-luxury Eldorado Brougham, plus original accessory and vanity items including beverage tumblers, a studded compact, perfume, front and rear tissue dispensers, and more.

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