The ex-King Farouk of Egypt,1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Coachwork by Fisher  Chassis no. 59H063771

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Lot 62
The ex-King Farouk of Egypt, 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Coachwork by Fisher
Chassis no. 59H063771

Sold for € 79,500 (US$ 94,072) inc. premium
The ex-King Farouk of Egypt
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Coachwork by Fisher
Chassis no. 59H063771
With their jet-fighter styling, glitzy chrome trim, colour-matched interiors and jukebox instrumentation, the 1959 Cadillacs epitomise an era when nothing succeeded like excess. Their over-the-top tail fins remain controversial even today, and it is easy to imagine how these outrageous automobiles might have appealed to one of the 1950s' most controversial political figures, King Farouk of Egypt. Born in Cairo in 1920, Farouk studied for a time in England before ascending to the throne in 1936. An immensely wealthy man, he received his weight in diamonds each year on his birthday and spent freely from the state's coffers, collecting cars, homes and women with equal enthusiasm. The Arab nations' defeat by Israel in 1948 and Britain's continued occupation of Egypt led to increasing unrest and the removal of Egypt's last Pharaoh by a military coup in 1952. King Farouk died in Rome in 1965.

By the time Farouk ordered this extraordinary Cadillac Eldorado Seville in 1959, he was a citizen of Monaco. The car boasts a number of special features as flamboyant as the King himself, including a lengthened body accommodating a massive chromed Continental kit, gold fittings, custom interior and a most unusual top in sedanca de ville style. The gargantuan tail fins were extended and had special chromed trim added. Owner-driver vehicles were not Farouk's style, so his Cadillac was designed to be chauffeur driven, the driver's compartment featuring a foldaway convertible top. The entire interior is trimmed in custom padded white leather, as is the roof of the passenger compartment. As one would expect, the car is fully equipped with factory air conditioning and tinted glass, while the steering, brakes, side windows, seats, bootlid and radio antenna are all power operated or assisted. An absence of door handles is another unusual feature, concealed electrical switches opening the doors from inside or outside. Other noteworthy items include automatic ride height control monitored from the driver's compartment, wire wheels and a special high-performance package for the 390cu in (6.4-litre) V8 engine. The car cost $100,000 (£33,333) to build in 1959, when the standard Eldorado Seville could be purchased for a comparatively modest $7,401!

Farouk's fabulous Cadillac was exhibited at the Chicago Historical Museum for many years before undergoing a frame-up restoration in the USA in 1987. It was purchased from the Museum by Swiss collector Ernest Fuchs and in 1995 was sold to Rolf Zbinden of Biel, Switzerland. Sparingly driven since restoration in 1987, the car is finished in correct Seminole Red with white multi-grain leather interior and presented in very good condition in every department. It is offered with Swiss registration papers and invoices for body and paintwork refurbishment for the period 1995 - 1999 totalling more than SFr32,000. Last presented at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in April 2003, the ex-Farouk Cadillac drew much favourable public attention. Long, sleek and unique, this is truly a car fit for a king. Local taxes will be liable if it remains in the EU.


Der 1959er Cadillac ist zweifellos der Gipfel des Design im internationalen Automobilbau der Nachkriegsaera. Der hier angebotene Eldorado wurde von Ägyptens König Farouk bestellt, der zu dieser Zeit bereits in Monaco im Exil lebte. Zur Ausstattung dieses im Stile der Sedanca de Ville gebauten Wagens gehören so aussergewöhnliche Details, wie u.a. ein Continental Kit, Goldknöpfe, Speichenräder und "fehlende" äussere Türgriffe. Ein Eldorado Seville kostete 1959 in den USA US$7,401. Der Cadillac von König Farouk brachte es auf US$ 100,000.

Im Jahre 1987 aufwendig in den USA restauriert, wurde die Karosserie nach dem Verkauf des Wagens in die Schweiz, für mehr als SFR 32,000 überarbeitet. Offeriert mit schweizer Papieren werden Abgaben bei Einfuhr in die EU fällig.
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