Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (1957)

The fortune of American car makers reached the peak in the late 1950s. They dominated the majority of the world's car production and started getting ego. No longer contented with making mass production cars, they tried to enter the territory of Rolls-Royce only for the purpose of declaring their excellence. In this way, Ford launched a US$10,000 luxury car called Continental Mark II in 1956. Next year, GM responded with Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, priced at a staggering US$13,000. That's twice the price of the next dearest Cadillac and even more expensive than a Rolls-Royce !

What US$13,000 bought you was a mostly hand-built car with all the luxury features - air conditioning, individual front and rear ventilation system with underseat blowers, 6-way electric seats with 2 memory setting, power windows, power central locking, power boot lid, cruise control and the very first air suspension. The sheer size of the car was also a statement of luxury - some 5.5 meters long and weighs 2.4 ton. Its elegant styling incorporated a pair of stylish tail fins, brushed stainless steel roof and suicide rear doors as the Hardtop design lacked B-pillars. This styling was one of the very best American luxury car designs ever made. Later designs would evolve to be more and more flamboyant.

The big Eldorado Brougham was powered by a high-compression 6-liter V8 producing 325hp and drove through a 3-speed automatic gearbox. Its air suspension used compressors to adjust ride height and stiffness, although it was found to be unreliable and problematic. Only 904 units were produced between 1957 and 1960. Every car was sold at a loss, but as mentioned, GM wanted to demonstrate its ability through the car rather than to make money.


Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
Year of production
No. produced
904 units
Layout, Gearbox
Front-engined, Rwd, 3A
Size (L / W / H / WB)
5495 / 1995 / 1410 / 3200 mm
V8, ohv, 2v/cyl
5972 cc
325 hp (gross)
400 lbft (gross)
2410 kg
Top speed
110 mph
0-60 mph
11.4 sec

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