1959 Cadillac BROADMOOR SKYVIEW
Coachwork by Coachwork by Superior Coach Corp.
Chassis no. 59Z083683
Engine no. 59Z083683
390ci OHV V-8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
345bhp at 4,800rpm
4-Speed Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension, Live Rear Axle
*The last of 6 built
*Extraordinarily original and complete
*Phenomenal provenance backed by an impressive history file
*Considered by many to be the world's most sought after Cadillac
THE CADILLAC BROADMOOR SKYVIEW
The Broadmoor Hotel of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is one of America's finest historic establishments. The hotel was founded in 1918 by Philadelphia businessman and land speculator, Spencer Penrose. Attracted to the stunning natural beauty of the area and nearby Pikes Peak, Mr. Penrose set out to build a resort that that would rival Europe's most prestigious destinations. The Broadmoor quickly became a top choice amongst the world's elite, regularly hosting the upper echelon of society from top government officials to the biggest celebrities of the period.
As part of the Broadmoor experience, Mr. Penrose wanted guests to be escorted from the airport to the hotel, and to be given tours of the area's majestic beauty in the finest of luxury. As a result, a fleet of Cadillacs was put into service as part of what was known as the the "Gray line Touring Cars." The fleet consisted of ten 1937 Series 75 Cadillac Limousines with special roll-back canvas tops, four special built 1938 Cadillacs capable of carrying fifteen passengers, and two1942 Cadillac Series 75 Sedans. The Gray Line fleet was always available to tourists who were interested in experiencing the mountain scenery. The cars would run from dusk till dawn, carrying their passengers up and down Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain, and throughout the Garden of the Gods.
In 1955, the Broadmoor commissioned long established funeral coach manufacturer S&S to create six new, specially built Cadillac limousines, named the Broadmoor Skyview. The Broadmoor Skyview was enhanced by four large longitudinal plexiglas roof panels, which allowed passengers to take in all that the Rockies had to offer. In 1956, two more S&S Broadmoor Skyview models joined the fleet.
In 1959, when it came time to replace the 1955/56 cars, the Broadmoor turned to the Superior Coach company of Lima, Ohio, to build a new model. Superior decided to use a modified version of the chassis and body shell from their production professional cars, the Superior ambulance and the Royale hearse. Six 1959 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyviews were built, all wearing the model number 666 on the body tag. The cars were equipped with power steering, power brakes, a 390 cubic inch V8 engine, and consisted of rather generous dimensions, with a 156-inch wheelbase, and a 251-inch overall length. The cars used the tallest of four available GM windshields, providing more than ample headroom. The roof consisted of 3 massive rectangular plexiglas panels that spanned the entire length of the car. Unlike the 1955/56 models that had large sections of steel in-between the smaller plexi panels, the enormous 1959 Skyview roof panels were only separated by a very thin chrome support, that was not at all obtrusive to the view. Opening one of the gigantic doors would allow a driver and up to eleven lucky passengers to enter and occupy one of the four leather stitched rows of seating. Today, sitting inside is truly an amazing experience - the combination of the tall windshield, the large, all-encompassing windows, and the Skyview roof make one feel as though they are floating down the road in a full glass enclosure. One could only imagine the breathtaking views that were to be had while driving around the Rockies in the custom, purpose built machine. To ensure guests could identify this wonderful automobile, the Broadmoor had the car adorned with a myriad of emblems bearing the Broodmoor Skyview name. The most notable emblems include the gold plated Broadmoor Skyview logo on each of the cars iconic fins, in addition to an emblem on each of the interior door panels.
Although there were only six 1959 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyviews built, Superior made two additional model number 666 bodies, that were to be used for an unknown purpose. Neither of the two non-Broadmoor Skyview model 666 cars are known to exist today. This 1959 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyview is body number 8 of the 8 produced, making it the very last Broadmoor Skyview to be built. Number 8 marks the end of the model 666 production, and the end of an era for the purpose built Broadmoor vehicles. Broadmoor Skyview number 8 is believed to have remained in service at the Broadmoor Hotel until the early 1970s. On file are extensive service records from the Broadmoor Hotel Garage, the latest of which is dated December 17th, 1969. On the service records the car is referred to as number 197 - the number 197 is marked on the back of the car's rear view mirror and on its gas cap. The car appears to have been purchased directly from the Broadmoor Hotel by George Reichert, of Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. Reichert would keep the the car in his collection until 1978, when he sold the coachbuilt masterpiece to a large Cadillac collector in Branford, Connecticut. The Broadmoor remained tucked away in the Connecticut based collection from 1978 until its recent discovery.
Having accumulated most of its miles in Colorado and being maintained with an open checkbook by the Broadmoor hotel, before being sheltered in storage by its two long term owners, the car is in fantastic condition. Upon discovering the seldom seen, legendary Cadillac in Connecticut, it was evident that the car had been sitting for quite some time and was in need of some mechanical refurbishing. In an effort to get the car back on the road, the consignor began an extensive mechanical refurbishment. The engine was removed from the car and anything in need of attention was either rebuilt or replaced with factory correct parts. The heads received a professional rebuild which consisted of a complete valve job, redone to the original specifications. The transmission received a new torque converter seal, and the original water pump was rebuilt. Both the fuel system and cooling systems were completely overhauled. This included a full rebuild of the carburetor and the replacement of all rubber. Underneath, the unbelievably original and seemingly rust free car received a complete exhaust system built to original spec. The brake system was also gone through, and received new wheel cylinders, hoses, a NOS master cylinder, and a rebuild of the booster. To round things out, four new 4-inch wide white wall tires were installed. Before reinstalling the engine, it was cleaned, resealed, and repainted to its correct specification, as was the firewall and the frame.
The unique interior received a new set of kick panels, and using the original as a template, a new carpet was made. The original rubber mats were reused with the new carpet. It should be noted that the original carpet was retained and will accompany the sale of the vehicle. Aside from a full cleaning, everything else inside appears to be totally original with a wonderfully charming layer of patina throughout. When inside the car, one can't help but wonder what other extraordinary people graced these very seats. At some point in the car's life, it appears to have been repainted in its original red/white combination, of which all of the 1959 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyviews were dressed. The paint has held up well and is very presentable. All of the car's brightwork appears to be present and is also in very presentable shape.
Overall the car is well-preserved and in exceptional condition. All of the original, impossible to find Broadmoor Skyview specific pieces appear to be in place. Of the six 1959 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyviews built, body number 8 is thought to be one of the most original and complete examples left. The other five cars are all said to still exist and occupy some of the greatest museums and collections. This exceedingly rare, custom coachbuilt Cadillac is truly something special - its sale presents the extremely rare opportunity, which may very well be a once in a lifetime chance, to acquire one of the most exclusive Cadillacs ever built.
- Please note that this vehicle has 325hp.