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Lot Number
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1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Hardtop Sedan
The Texas Classic Auction

CHASSIS NO: 58P017398
• 1 of only 304 hand-built examples produced in 1958
• Correct restoration including Red Oxide floors
• The most expensive American production car of its time

365 cid OHV V-8 engine rated at 325 HP with three two-barrel carburetors, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic power drum brakes; wheelbase: 126"


Most automobile enthusiasts cannot articulate too many differences between the 1957 and 1958 Broughams, as they are both very similar visually. Externally, they both share the quad-headlamp treatment that is most associated with 1958, but there were indeed distinctions. Wheel covers were updated for ’58 along with the addition of some new exterior colors. Inside, there were a few minor differences, such as upper door panels that went from a metal finish to leather cladding. Under the hood, the compression ratio was upped to 10.25:1, and Rochester triple two-barrel carburetors replaced the Carter dual four-barrel carburetors from 1957.
The dazzling Eldorado Brougham concept vehicle was first viewed at the 1955 Los Angeles Auto Show. The pillarless low slung suicide doors and intricate amenities were an epiphany in the automotive world. In 1957, Cadillac introduced the new model to the public for consumption. The lavish design of the car far exceeded the expectations of Cadillac and the public for a car that was built in the mid ‘50s. It was truly unique from other contemporaries, incorporating the four-door pillarless hardtop design with pedestal-mounted seats, a brushed stainless-steel roof, and air suspension. It made use of the finest materials, and its options included every comfort and available convenience feature, such as air-conditioning, a beverage bar, and vanity set as well as an E-Z-Eye tinted windshield and automatic headlight dimmer. Unmatched by any of its competitors, the Eldorado Brougham truly represents the pinnacle of 1950s luxury car design.
The Brougham rode a 126-inch wheelbase and measured 216.3 inches overall, and at 5,315 pounds, it was possibly the heaviest sedan in America. Even today, the overall body design is world class and timeless. Total production ultimately stopped at only 304 units making for an instant collectible to be envied by all those who missed out as they disappeared from the dealer showrooms. The elegant example offered here is car/body number 492. All Broughams were individually numbered on the body tag, and recent efforts have documented all the known survivors in an internet registry.
As with all Broughams, this stainless steel-topped sedan came with an extensive array of options and equipment including factory air-conditioning, memory seating, power side windows and vent windows, Guidematic control for the headlights, standard radio, power locks, and an automatic trunk pull down in working order. This example has had recent chrome work that now complements the striking red exterior, while the beautiful undercarriage and engine compartment are also highly detailed. With a recent service being completed, this is a car ready for shows and drives.
This example would be a welcome candidate to any collection of fine '50s era cars. It has not been exhibited to any great extent publicly and could have a great future on the show field with a little attention to detail. The Eldorado Brougham was the choice of the elite actors and entertainers like Frank Sinatra because of its exclusivity as the finest that GM had to offer in the 1950s. Each car was hand built and priced as the most expensive American automobiles of the day. Due to such low production, few people will ever have the opportunity to own a 1958 Eldorado Brougham. Take this moment to realize a vision and turn an improbability into reality.

1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Hardtop Sedan
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