CADILLAC ELDORADO BROUGHAM 1957

 
 

 
 

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SUN STAR

scale 1:18

Model number: 4008

 
     
  Review of the model:

This fine model of one of the most desired Cadillac of all time, are here produced by the famous die-cast manufacture from SUN STAR in China in scale 1:18.

The model comes now in several colors, and mine here is in Amethyst (purple- metallic) witch is a bold color for a car in this price range those days - over 13.000 $ in 1957. -Equivalent in today's money as a high-end supercar.

Luckily the price for the model is more affordably for a 1:18 scale collector. A list price of 75.00 Euros here in Europe, and sometimes even cheaper in sales on some web-shops.

Sun Star have released this model in the U.S.A. Collectibles as the mid price range, just under the Platinum series with a higher level of details for approx. 40 Euros more.

So is this model the price worth, do the level of details and proportions live up to the price? - In my book yes! We see here a rather high level of details and fine craftsmanship from Sun Star. There are models out there with more details and better finish - but they have a price 3 to 4 times the Sun Star.

Some Sun Star models of mine have been with a poor quality control (surprisingly more of the Platinum series) than this series. When this model was unboxed none flaws in paint or assembly what so ever!

What I don't like in this model is: A rather poor fit between door panels and body, seen on many die cast models..... The best way to disguise this as a collector: try to go for the darker color schemes such as black or dark blue etc. This model has a fine interior for this price range too. But the glass in the model is in some places just as looking trough a bottle. Okay I'm a bit harsh here..... But take a look yourself.

Anyway I'm glad of this big car model and overall Sun Star has done a fine job.

I will give this model 4 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for the real car. So please enjoy!

 
     

 

One of the finest car ever produced

 

 

Hand build luxury icon

 
  A real Dollar grin - note the realistic license plate and the "mesh" in the front light glass  
Sleek and stylish
Sun Star has made the wheels, tires and hubcaps very realistic
Very beautiful tailfins with rear lights painted red over the chrome part
Rear view of the massive car
Amethyst color
Note the exhaust pipes integrated in the lower part of the tail fin
Here is a example of the distorted car glass in this model not an issue on the higher priced Platium series
Note the gab between the doors in this picture - not as obvious on darker color models
Cadillac's have lots of chrome
All doors and hatches open
Exclusive interior highlighted by the suicide door arrangement
Even the bonnet is padded in carpet
Easy access in and out
Be aware I'm eating small cars for breakfast
Note the bullet horns on the upper bumper
Sun star have done a flawless paintjob
Nice rubber tires on all Sun Star models
The Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was produced only with the hardtop in brushed stainless steel
 
 
Sun Star's model of the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1957 is a fine specimen you most have in your collection
 
 
 
     

 

  History:

The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was manufactured and marketed by Cadillac from 1953 to 2002 over ten generations. Competitors and similar vehicles included the Lincoln Mark series, Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado and Chrysler's Imperial Coupe.

The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years, and the Eldorado was never less than second in price after the Cadillac Series 75 until 1966. Eldorados carried the Fleetwood designation from 1965 through 1972, and was a modern revival of the pre-war Cadillac V-12 and Cadillac V16 roadsters and convertibles.

1957 saw the Eldorado (in both convertible and Seville hardtop body styles) with a revised rear-end design featuring a low, down swept fender line capped by a pointed, in-board fin. The rear fenders were commonly referred to as "chipmunk cheeks". This concept was used for two years, but did not spawn any imitators. Series 62 Eldorado's (as distinct from the Series 70 Eldorado Brougham) were further distinguished by the model name above a V-shaped rear deck ornament and on the front fenders. The rear fender and deck contour was trimmed with broad, sculptured stainless steel beauty panels. Also seen were "shark" style fins pointing towards the back of the cars. A three section built in front bumper was another exclusive trait of the Series 62 Eldorado's, which came with a long list of standard features. Four specially-built 4-door hardtop Eldorado Sedan Seville's were also built in 1957.

1957 was chiefly notable for the introduction of one of GM's most memorable designs, the Series 70 Eldorado Brougham. Announced in December 1956 and released around March 1957, the Eldorado Brougham was a hand-built, limited car derived from the Park Avenue and Orleans show cars of 1953–54. Designed by Ed Glowacke, it featured the first appearance of quad headlights and totally unique trim. The exterior ornamentation included wide, ribbed lower rear quarter beauty panels extending along the rocker sills and rectangular sculptured side body "cove" highlighted with five horizontal wind splits on the rear doors. Tail styling treatments followed the Eldorado pattern. This four-door hardtop with rear-hinged rear doors was an ultra-luxury car that cost an astonishing $13,074—twice the price of any other 1957 Eldorado and more than the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud of the same year. It featured a stainless steel roof, self leveling air suspension, the first automatic two-position "memory" power seats, a dual four-barrel V-8, low-profile tires with thin white-walls, automatic trunk opener, cruise control, high-pressure cooling system, polarized sun visors, electric antenna, automatic-release parking brake, electric door locks, dual heating system, silver magnetized glove box, drink tumblers, cigarette and tissue dispensers, lipstick and cologne, ladies' compact with powder puff, mirror and matching leather notebook, comb and mirror, Arpège atomizer with Lnvain perfume, automatic starter with restart function, Autronic Eye, drum-type electric clock, power windows, forged aluminum wheels and air conditioning. Buyers of Broughams had a choice of 44 full-leather interior and trim combinations and could select such items as Mouton, Karakul or lambskin carpeting.

There were serious difficulties with the air suspension, which proved troublesome in practice. Some owners found it cheaper to have it replaced with conventional coil springs.

The 1957 Eldorado Brougham joined the Sixty Special and the Series 75 as the only Cadillac models with Fleetwood bodies although Fleetwood script or crests did not appear anywhere on the exterior of the car, and so this would also mark the first time in 20 years that a Fleetwood-bodied car was paired with the Brougham name. The 1957-58 Eldorado Brougham also marked the return of the Cadillac Series 70, if only briefly. Only 400 Eldorado Broughams were sold in 1957.

An all-transistor signal-seeking car radio was produced by GM's Delco Radio and was first available for the 1957 Eldorado Brougham models, which was standard equipment and used 13 transistors in its circuitry.

For 1958, GM was promoting their fiftieth year of production, and introduced Anniversary models for each brand; Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. The 1958 models shared a common appearance on the top models for each brand; Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Buick Roadmaster Riviera, Oldsmobile Holiday 88, Pontiac Bonneville Catalina, and the all-new Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala.

On 1958 2-door Eldorado's, a V-shaped ornament and model identification script were mounted to the deck lid. Two-door Eldorado's also had ten vertical chevron slashes ahead of the open rear wheel housings and crest medallions on the flank of the tailfins. Broad, sculptured beauty panels decorated the lower rear quarters on all Series 62 Eldorado's and extended around the wheel opening to stretch along the body sills. All-new was a special-order Series 62 Eldorado Seville, of which only one was actually built.

The major changes to the Eldorado Brougham in 1958 were seen inside the car. The interior upper door panels were finished in leather instead of the metal finish used in 1957. New wheel covers also appeared. Forty-four trim combinations were available, along with 15 special monotone paint colors. A total of 304 Eldorado Broughams were sold in 1958. 1958 was the last year for the domestic production of the hand built Brougham at Cadillac's Detroit factory, as future manufacturing of the special bodies was transferred to Pininfarina of Turin, Italy.

                                                                                                                                                   

 

Technical specification:

 

Model years

1957–1958

Assembly

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Designer

Harley Earl

Body and chassis

Body style

Series 62:
2-door hardtop
2-door convertible
4-door hardtop
Series 70:
4-door hardtop

Layout

FR layout

Platform

Series 62: C-body

Related

Series 62:
Cadillac Series 62
Buick Limited
Buick Roadmaster
Buick Super
Oldsmobile 98

Powertrain

Engine

365 cu in (6.0 L) OHV 325 Hp

Transmission

4-speed Hydra-Matic

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Series 62: 129.5 in (3,289 mm)
Series 70: 126.0 in (3,200 mm)

Length

1957 Series 62: 222.1 in (5,641 mm)
1958 Series 62: 223.4 in (5,674 mm)
Series 70: 216.3 in (5,494 mm)

Width

Series 62: 80.0 in (2,032 mm)
Series 70: 78.5 in (1,994 mm)

Height

Series 70: 55.5 in (1,410 mm)

Curb weight

5,000–5,500 lb (2,300–2,500 kg)


 
 

Old brochures of the car CADILLAC 1957

 
 

     

     

     

     

     
     

     
     
     
     

     
     

 

 

 

     
     
     
     

     

 

 

 
     

     
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

 

     

     
     
     
     

     

     

 

 

 

     

     
     
     
     

     

     

 

 

 

     

     
     
 

Video of the real car from Youtube

 
 
     
 

 

 
     
 
     
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