In the late 1950s, nothing spelled unparalleled luxury and extravagance like the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. In fact, when you consider the lemons that Cadillac attached the Eldorado name on in later years, it’s enough to cry. The 1957 model was truly in a class apart: indeed, if was by far the most luxurious and exclusive Cadillac since the last V16 models were produced in 1940. It featured everything you could possibly want, and things you didn’t know you wanted but later couldn’t live without, like power door locks, power windows, cruise control, power steering, power brakes… in short, power everything. The Eldorado Brougham didn’t get its reputation simply by offering knick-knacks, however: its styling was exceptional, embodying everything that was great about the cars of that era without going completely overboard. It also offered a pillar-less design, as well as an air suspension with automatic self-levelling.
In addition to its exceptional styling and extravagant interior luxuries, the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham also shone in terms of performance. Under hood lurked a powerful 6.4-liter V8 which developed 325 horsepower. This massive engine was strong enough to push the big Cadillac to a top speed of 118 miles an hour, with a 0-60 acceleration time of 11 seconds.
The problem with this car, if it can be called a problem, was this it was exceedingly expensive. GM lost money hand over fist producing and selling it, as there was no way they could actually charge enough not only to make profit, but just to break even! The company sustained brutal losses for two years, and pulled the plug on this incredible car in 1958.