First Stages of an Awesome Pro-Touring ’57 Cadillac Brougham

It would seem that the Pro Touring movement knows no bounds as it is no longer limited to 1960’s and ’70’s era muscle cars. It’s now starting to include the finned cars of the ’50’s, and while the purist crown may cringe, we just give it the thumbs up signal. This particular build project was one we found while browsing the threads over at Pro-Touring.com, and it’s a dangerous habit we’ve picked up that gobbles oodles of time.

The owner had always loved ’57 Cadillac Eldorado Broughams and finally found one earlier this year. The build is being handled by the more than capable people at the Roadster Shop, and if they stay true to form this car may be headed for another huge annual award from the GoodGuys Association.

The problem with Broughams is how rare they are. So much of these cars were handmade components that restoring one is a massive feat, that is why we can – somewhat – understand this restomod job. If you’ve never heard of a Brougham, we strongly suggest Googling these machines.

The owner has stated that RS has tossed the GM chassis completely and is starting over from scratch. They’re building it around an airbag/shock setup and plans are to use an Accuair leveling system. The next major decision revolved around the powerplan, and the owner threw out a few ideas to his forum buddies that included a 4.4L supercharged STS-V Northstar, a 500ci LS with dual 4bbl throttle bodies topped by a modernized tribute to the batwing air cleaner, an LSA engine from a new Caddy CTS-V, or perhaps a completely custom V12 LS engine.

We know where our vote is: go for the V12!

About the author

Robert Kibbe

Robert Kibbe is the owner of TheMuscleCarPlace.com and host of the weekly Muscle Car Place podcast show. He's based in Ames, IA, is married with 3 kids, and still thinks the General Lee is cool.
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