1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

The Eldorado Brougham — designed in 1954 as Cadillac’s dream car for the General Motors Motorama of 1955. From the beginning, the Brougham was a pace-setting vehicle with styling and engineering features destined to be incorporated into lesser cars in future years. Two years of concentrated testing and development went into the Brougham helping designers in their continuous search for a better way to build the best automobile.

Cadillac engineers came up with a special body for the Brougham alone. It was built by Fisher Body’s Fleetwood plant, builders of all Cadillac bodies.

Among the outstanding engineering features which exemplify the extensive study that went into the makeup of the Brougham are air suspension, a four headlamp system and a tubular center X-frame.

The use of air springs marks the first time that such a system had been used on an automobile. The system provides an individual air spring unit at each wheel. Air is supplied to the spring units through leveling valves so that the car remains level with varying loads and road conditions, thus contributing to the Brougham’s appearance as well as assuring consistently easy handling and smooth riding quality.

The interior of the Brougham is luxurious to a high degree with some 45 choices of trim and color combinations available during ordering. Carpeting was available in either mouton, a specially processed lamb skin, or high-pile nylon Karakul.

There is a special heating system with both front and rear compartment outlets. The under-seat heaters for the rear can be operated individually by the passengers. To complete the year-round comfort, each Brougham contains a front-mounted Cadillac air conditioner.

Steering, braking and window controls (including ventipanes) are power operated on the Brougham.

Each feature of the Brougham — as the car itself — was designed to improve comfort, safety and convenience for the driver and passengers. The inquiring minds of Cadillac engineers and designers came up with the finest car possible in 1957.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $ $13 358 USD
engine V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed 2 3BBL Carburetors
displacement 5972 cc / 364.4 in³
bore 101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke 92.1 mm / 3.63 in
compression 10.0:1
power 249.8 kw / 335 bhp @ 4800 rpm
specific output 56.1 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 138.95 bhp per tonne
torque 549.11 nm / 405 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
body / frame Steel over Tubular-Center X-Frame
front tires 8.40 x 15
rear tires 8.40 x 15
front brakes Drums
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Drums
r brake size mm / in
f suspension Control Arms w/Air Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Air Springs
curb weight 2411 kg / 5315 lbs
wheelbase 3200 mm / 126.0 in
front track 1549 mm / 61.0 in
rear track 1549 mm / 61.0 in
length 5494 mm / 216.3 in
width 1994 mm / 78.5 in
height 1410 mm / 55.5 in
transmission Hydra-Matic 3-Speed
gear ratios :1
final drive 3.36:1