“Motordome’s Masterpiece” Cadillac 1958 Dealer Color Catalogue

Submitted by Markydoodle January 9th, 2012
Certifikitsch Winner

Look at what I bought my husband.  This guy’s my doorman.  All kidding aside, nothing to me depicts the elegance of design in America like a ’58 Cadillac.  These are from a Cadillac Dealer Color Catalogue.  The Dealer stamp on the catalogue is J.L. Tallman, 540 North Decatur St., Decatur, Illinois.

This is the Eldorado Brougham for that year.  Notice the suicide doors, many people don’t realize that these were on a Cadillac before Lincoln made them “de rigeur” in their early ’60’s continental.  Two other features I find fascinating:  stainless steel roof, and the armrest in the back seat had a vanity mirror, and  perfume atomizer containing Arpege Extrait de Lanvin-I guess that’s a fancy perfume of the day, but I don’t know.

Sadly I cut off the tops of the fancy models on this page, but what a beautiful convertible that year in the Eldorado Biarritz, with it’s boat-tail deck and shark fins.  All the leather interiors on this model featured bright metallic hues like copper, blue, and green, as well as black and white or vermillion and white combos among others.

The Fleetwood Sixty Special sedan.  The lower rear fender embodies a single flowing panel of ribbed anodized aluminum with a stainless steel molding.  And matching fender skirts, of course.  Over-all length:  225.3 inches.

5 Responses to ““Motordome’s Masterpiece” Cadillac 1958 Dealer Color Catalogue”

  1. Allee Willis

    I’ll take ANY 50’s Cadillac but this one is a serious beauty, often overlooked because of the massive fins that came the following year.

    I had a 1963 gold Caddy. I always thought gold was a befitting color for that brand of car.

    Growing up we had a 1956 blue and white Caddy. But I always dreamed of owning of Fleetwood, the highest rung on the GM ladder.

    A serious BEAUTY!!

  2. Mark Milligan

    Thanks for the CERTIFIKITSCH!

    My older sister’s husband loves cars too, and when I was in high school they had a couple of old Cadillacs sitting in their barn. One was a white ’56 coupe deVille, and the other was a PINK ’58 Sedan deVille with a blown engine. He never got around to overhauling the motor, and sold the car. When I sat in it the first time, the battery wasn’t completely run down yet, and the “wing” windows were power too, and I could open and close them with a window switch. I could pick up a weak, mostly static AM station, probably WOW in Omaha. And dream of driving that beauty to the coast…

  3. k2dtw

    Great to see…So beautiful, and elegant!!!
    Detroit Auto Show is opening this weekend…Detroit is all about the cars this week!!!….smile..
    (Mark, waiting for you to find the Jan 8, Prada Spring/Summer 2012 AWMOK post…wait till you see Rusty’s blog!!….smile)