From the 1920s onward there's always been a strong, inextricable relationship between the automotive and fashion cultures. Arguably, the zenith of the auto-fashion arc was reached and embodied in the late 50's Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Brougham, and Biarritz models.
Famed international cover models Eugenia Kuzmina and Julia Lescova with RCC Motors perfect '58 Eldorado Brougham
The 1957-58 Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado Brougham was the automotive embodiment of American Post War power, growth and optimism. Cadillac had long been the standard bearer of American car luxury, power and technological advancement and in the 1950’s the renowned Alfred Sloan and Harley Earl decided that the Cadillac was going to produce the ultimate statement of personal luxury automobiles with the Eldorado line introduced in 1952.
RCC Motors 1958 Eldorado Brougham in rare, Deauville Grey (119 code) in all of its luxurious splendor...
Eugenia Kuzmina takes an elegant stance in fashion by Ivan Bitton Style House next to RCC Motors '58 Eldo Brougham
Following arch rival, Ford Motor Company’s 1955 introduction of the Continental Mark II personal luxury car at the lofty $10,200+ price, Cadillac unveiled its Series 70 Eldorado Brougham at a staggering $13,075—the most expensive American automobile ever offered (and a price of considerable margin above those of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari and other marques). The Eldorado Brougham was a rolling example of American advancement and luxury with such technological features as: • self-leveling pneumatic suspension • special 4-speed hydramatic transmission • Autronic automatic headlights • 6-way power-seats (replete with 4-position memory!) • automatic dash-controlled trunk lid opening and closing • dual HVAC system with seat mounted units • all transistor radio • forged aluminum wheels and • 335 hp 3-2bbl V-8 thrust.
Post-War American Power: 3-2bbl 335hp 365CID V-8 mated to a unique 4-speed Hydramatic transmission drivetrain
Bespoke accouterments include: • custom, magnetized tumblers • rear seat-arm rest with pad, pencil and compact • custom Arpege by Lanvin perfume with atomizer • special brocade and leather seat trim • Mouton carpet and •polarized sun visors. And of course, the Eldorado Broughams had their signature stainless steel true hardtop (sans B-pillar), stainless rockers and ‘suicide’ rear doors. And with such extravagance came exclusivity. There were only 704 1957-1958 Cadillac Eldorado Broughams ever produced.
Famed international cover models Eugenia Kuzmina and Julia Lescova were photographed with RCC Motors’ stunning and perfect 1958 Eldorado Brougham. Outfitted in haute-couture offerings from Ivan Bitton Style House of Hollywood they complimented and completed the ultimate elegance intent of the Eldorado Brougham.
Luxury Lovies: Eugenia Kuzmina and Julia Lescova take advantage of the Eldo's pillarless hardtop design
Two of the signature 57-58 Eldorado Broughams signature features were its pillarless stainless-steel top and rear-hinged "suicide" opening rear doors.
This RCC Motors Cadillac was produced in December of 1957 (#442) and hand-built executed in rare Deauville Grey (code118) and with Parisienne medium blue brocade and leather upholstery. The third owner of this rare and glorious Eldorado Brougham undertook a loving and thorough restoration in 2006 and since then the Caddy had enjoy concours care and upkeep and it and all of its considerable accessories are in perfect running order.
Such fabulous examples of this renowned marque are rarely seen (particularly so in this remarkable color combination) and even more rarely offered. Serious inquires can be directed to RCC Motors.
Credits: Models: Eugenia Kuzmina, Julia Lescova, MUAH: Rene Gonzales, Auto: RCC Motors Wardrobe: Ivan Bitton Style House, VALs: Mike Radwan+Eric Ware, Photo+AD: yours truly.