Looking back over the decades, some years seem to have had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to special interest automobiles. 1957 was surely one of those years. There’s the ’57 Chevy, Virgil Exner’s “Forward Look” Mopars, and the last year of the two-seat Thunderbirds. Fins had grown. V8 engines started proliferating after Chevy introduced the small block in 1955. Comfort features like power brakes, power steering and automatic transmissions also started becoming purchased by customers shopping the “low priced three”, Ford, Chevy and Plymouth. To assert it’s position at the top of the automotive heap, Cadillac had to do something over the top and the result was the 1957 Eldorado Brougham. It had just about every power and luxury feature available in 1957, including Cadillac’s “Autronic Eye” automatic dimming headlights. Even at a base price of $13,074, GM lost serious money on every one they sold and I doubt that the managers at Cadillac even gave it a second thought. There were two ’57 Eldo Broughams at the 2102 Eyes On Design show, a silver one and a stunning red one with a white and red interior, that even had the bar and vanity sets that came with the car. The matching glasses from the bar set were laid out on the open glove box lid. In the late ’50s and early ’60s it was not uncommon for the inside of the glove box lid to have indents to set your drinks down when at the drive in – or something like that.
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