The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 175
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

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1958 Cadillac  Eldorado Brougham

CHASSIS NO: 58P006355

• Limited production, top-of-the-line Cadillac model
• 1 of just 304 produced for 1958 and 704 in total
• The height of 1950s Cadillac elegance and opulence
• Restored prior to joining The Museum Collection in 2014
• Factory-correct air suspension recently retrofitted
• Powerful 325-HP Cadillac V-8 and wonderful “Jet Age” features

Series 70. 365 cid V-8 engine, three two-barrel carburetors, 325 BHP, four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and self-leveling, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"

Cadillac’s dazzling Eldorado Brougham concept vehicle debuted at the 1955 Los Angeles Auto Show. The car’s low stance, glamorous presence, and virtually endless passenger amenities far exceeded the expectations of auto enthusiasts, with the show car quickly gaining the attention of the wealthiest and most demanding clientele. The Eldorado Brougham was actually announced in December 1956 and released for sale in March 1957. The Eldorado Brougham was a unique hand-built, limited edition four-door pillarless hardtop with an outrageous factory price of $13,074. A unique brushed stainless-steel roof, the first application of ‘quad’ headlights, and extensive stainless trim externally distinguished the Brougham.

Standard features include an automatic trunk-lid opener, automatic memory front seat, cruise control, high pressure cooling system, polarized sun visors, signal-seeking twin-speaker radio, electric antenna, electric door locks, automatic starter system, air-conditioning, E-Z-Eye tinted glass and the Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer completed the longest list of standard equipment of the 1950s. Cadillac made use of only the finest materials and luxury accessories found inside the glovebox 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, a mirror, and even an atomizer containing one ounce of Arpège perfume by Lanvin.

Unmatched by any of its contemporaries, including the Continental Mark II, its archrival, the Eldorado Brougham truly represented the pinnacle of 1950s luxury. The Brougham rode a 126-inch wheelbase and measured a gargantuan 216.3 inches overall. Weighing 5,315 pounds, it was one of the heaviest vehicles sold in America, and thus equipped with a rear self-leveling system. Limited production maintained exclusivity with just 400 Eldorado Broughams produced for 1957 and another 304 for ’58. A far less-radical Eldorado Brougham, styled and produced by Pinin Farina in Italy, was offered for 1959 and 1960, with just 99 and 101 built, respectively.

According to production lists published by The Online Cadillac Database, this Eldorado Brougham carries Fleetwood Body Number 441 and it is the 437th of the 704 cars in terms of production sequence. While quite rare, this example is more so as one of just nine 1958 Broughams finished in #116 Wimbledon Gray exterior paint. Following assembly, its delivery destination was California. Prior to joining the Museum Collection in 2014, this 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was the product of a “nut-and-bolt,” body-off restoration completed over a three-year timeframe. Under Mr. Finley’s stewardship, the suspension system was just recently returned to its factory-correct, pneumatically-operated configuration. The quality continues inside, with a sumptuous two-tone leather interior featuring highly polished stainless-steel highlighting the massive dash. The highly detailed engine bay houses a 325-HP, 365 cid V-8 engine with triple two-barrel carburetors and 10.25:1 compression, with power delivered by a Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission. Only 44,950 miles have been travelled at the time of cataloguing. A bold, “Jet Age” design and engineering statement, this very rare 1958 Eldorado Brougham truly marks of the pinnacle of postwar American luxury motoring with power, presence, and rarity, making it a compelling choice for discerning collectors today.

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