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1957 CADILLAC Cadillac Index


1957
Cadillac The ratings were 300/325 for 1957, when compression went to 10:1 and the line was again rebodied, emerging with blockier but still evolutionary styling inspired by the Orleans, Eldorado Brougham, and Park Avenue show cars of 1954-55. Reaching into the luxury stratosphere, Cadillac unveiled a production Eldorado Brougham priced at a princely $13,074. Like its Motorama namesake, it was a surprisingly compact, low-slung pillarless sedan with a special 126-inch-wheelbase chassis, center-opening doors, and a brushed stainless-steel roof (one of Harley Earl's favorite touches). Standard quad headlights were an industry first shared that year with Lincoln, Nash, and some Chrysler Corporation cars.

1957
Cadillac The Brougham's most intriguing mechanical feature was its unique air suspension, the work of engineers Lester Milliken and Fred Cowin. Based on systems used for commercial vehicles since 1952, it employed an air "spring" at each wheel comprising a domed air chamber, rubber diaphragm, and pistons. Fed by a central air compressor, the domes were continually adjusted for load and road conditions via valves and solenoids for a smooth, level ride. Cadillac's system differed from "air ride" options at other GM divisions in being "open" (taking in air from outside) rather than "closed." Unhappily, cost and complexity were too high relative to benefits. The air domes leaked, and dealer replacements were frequent, leading many owners to junk the system in favor of conventional coil springs. Four years later, Cadillac and GM abandoned air suspension altogether.

1957
Cadillac Fin After two years and 704 units, the Brougham was fully restyled and its final assembly farmed out to Pininfarina in Italy. Only 99 were built for '59, another 101 of the near-identical '60s. Though clean-looking (lines actually previewed Cadillac's 1961 styling), these were larger (130-inch wheelbase) and heavier cars that weren't put together very well (bodies contained lots of lead filler). They're collector's items now, but restoring one is a chore.

1957 Cadillac

1957 Cadillac

SERIES 62

For 1957, Cadillac adopted a tubular X-frame, without side rails, on all models. This resulted in greater structural rigidity and provided for lower body lines without loss of useable space. New front end styling was marked by rubber bumper guard tips and dual, circular parking lamps set into the lower bumper section. Side trim was revised and a dual taillight theme was used throughout the line. By utilizing different center frame sections the wheelbases and overall lengths of specific body styles was altered. In the 62 lineup, including the Eldorado sub-series, three different overall measurements appeared on cars with matching wheelbases. The Sedan DeVille was bigger than "standard" models and the Eldorado Coupe Seville and Biarritz convertible were larger still. Identifying the "standard" 62 models were

1957 Cadillac

1957 Cadillac

I. D. NUMBERS


1957 Cadillac

1957 Cadillac

Model NumberBody StyleDoorsModelSeatingFactory PriceShipping WeightProduction Total
57-626239(X)4-doorHardtop Sedan64713459532,342
57-626239(X)4-doorExport Sedan647134595384
57-626239DX4-doorDeVille Hardtop65188465523,808
57-626237(X)2-doorHardtop Coupe64609456525,120
57-626237DX2-doorCoupe DeVille65048462023,813
57-626267X-Convertible Coupe6522547309,000
57-6262-Chassis only---1

NOTES:

1957 Cadillac

1957 Cadillac

SERIES 62 ENGINE


1957 Cadillac

1957 Cadillac

CHASSIS

FeatureSeries 62 SedansSeries 62 Coupes & Convertibles
Wheelbase129.5"
Overall Length215.9"220.9"
Front Tread61"
Rear Tread61"
Tires8.00 x 15 blackwall
ExhaustStandard dual exhausts
CONVENIENCE ACCESSORIES


1957 Cadillac

1957 Cadillac

HISTORICAL


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