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One-off 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car concept goes on auction

Andrea Divirgilio / January 17, 2012

From the multiple auto companies who had grabbed the much of the limelight in the 50’s for their iconic vehicles, it was Cadillac too who had a share of the fame for some of its cars like the 1955 Series 75 Presidential limousine. Another rare, in fact a one-off concept car is now on auction block for sale, namely the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car. Put forward as the Cadillac’s answer to the Ford Mark II, it carried a more elite and luxurious concept as an offering as compared to the Ford, thus becoming an even more of a collector’s item.

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car

Beginning 1956, this vehicle had been on the wish list of many car lovers due to its unique design and structure, and hence featured at some prominent events on the road, including the New York Motorama Tour, from the Waldrof Astoria in New York. But unlike the other maestros from the same time, this car didn’t enjoy a long elaborate and decorated life on the road. By 1959, the car was found in the junkyard of General Motors. But since there were many who didn’t want the car to be completely destroyed, they managed to save for the later, for someone who would be willing to buy and use it. Finally by 1989, famous car collector and restorer, Joe Bortz bought this Cadillac Brougham Town car but instead of doing his regular job, sold it off to Mr. Roy Warshawsky. It was he who eventually took up the task of restoration but due to his sudden demise, he couldn’t witness the finally restored version, which was eventually completed by RM Auto Restoration a few years later. Now, RM Auctions is the entity which will undertake the task of auctioning off the vehicle.

1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car

Amongst all the notables, was the V8 OHV engine with 305 BHP of output capability, which needed extensive work during restoration. That included the gold plated valve covers, dual 4-barrel carburetors, and its custom made air cleaners. Other elements included the 4-speed Hydramatic auto-transmission, independent front suspension, and also the 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. On the inside, there are quite the royale detailing, with the gold embalmed vanity case, decanter, chalices, and the mounted telephone for contacting the driver without removing the sliding glass door in front of the rear passenger seat. Upholstery saw the use of beige leather all around with deep piled Wilton carpeting, making the passengers feel truly privileged, and revisit one of the most regal eras of General Mortor’s history. However, for those looking to take a shot at buying this 1956 cadillac, be prepared to shell out anything between $300,000-500,000 which the specialists at the auction say would command as the winning bid. But looking at the one-off edition of the car, who knows, it might rise a little higher.

Via: RM Auctions

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