Auburn Fall | Lot 6135
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
The Michigan Collection
$84,700 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
4 September 2021
- One of just 304 built for the 1958 model year
- The ultimate and most expensive American automobile of its era
- Sought-after 1958 model with the more powerful “Tri-Power” V-8
It is hard to imagine an American automaker today building a four-door sedan that would be priced higher than a new Ferrari or Rolls-Royce. The 1950s were a different time. Glitter was good, bigger was better, and too many accessories was just right in the age of chrome and neon. Ford had upped the ante with the introduction of its Continental Mark II, a two-door coupe so elite that the Blue Oval didn’t even bother calling it a Lincoln. It was an era ripe for the ultimate Cadillac—a car heaped with everything that General Motors’ engineering and styling gurus could throw at it.
Harley Earl’s styling team contributed multiple new ideas, including four-door hardtop sedan bodywork with side windows that disappeared completely, frames and all; rear-hinged rear doors, which were a throwback to the 1930s; and a broad expanse of sparkling brushed stainless steel for the roof. Quad headlights were exclusive to the model and still illegal in most states. The engineering staff worked out a litany of power accessories so numerous that “power everything” wasn’t just a convenient phrase, it was a reality. The trunk lid and rear doors not only opened with the push of a button, but they closed with one too, and the doors would lock automatically when the transmission was put in gear. A memory front seat was a first for a production car, as were the forged aluminum wheels. Naturally, there was air-conditioning.
All this high living came at a cost of $13,974, which was twice the cost of the Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. In fact, one had to look long and hard to find a production car anywhere in the world that was as expensive as an Eldorado Brougham. Cadillac reportedly lost $10,000 on every car built, which was why the original Eldorado Brougham lasted for only two years and only 704 examples were made.
This 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham offered here, number 411, left the factory finished in Ebony over a light gray broadcloth and light gray leather interior with mouton carpet. Today it remains finished in Ebony accented beautifully with the stainless-steel roof. The car rides on whitewall tires mounted on steel wheels with factory wheel covers, including a full size spare in the trunk. The Cadillac is equipped with air-conditioning, power steering, and brakes. The interior was retrimmed at some point to the current two-tone black and white configuration seen today. It features an Autronic Eye, clock, radio, and numerous power amenities.
The 1958 Eldorado Brougham retains the stunning glamour of a bygone age as only Cadillac could present it—with the most expensive automobile in the world.