Hemmings Motor News Blog Blog

Hemmings Motor News Blog

Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

Previous in Blog: The $114 Million Barn Find (That Has Yet To Be Found)   Next in Blog: A Game-Changer Marks Its Golden Anniversary: Datsun’s Z Celebrates 50 Years
Close
Close
Close
6 comments

‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

Posted March 12, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Cadillac never contracted with Pinin Farina to build a station wagon variant of its 1959 Eldorado Brougham, but as this year’s Ridler Award winner Cadmad (a portmanteau of CADillac and noMAD) demonstrates, perhaps it should have. The stunning custom won a posthumous victory for its late owner, Steve Barton, at last weekend’s Detroit Autorama at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

Built by Jordan Quintal II and Super Rides by Jordan in Escondido, California, Cadmad is a most unlikely creation. The starting point was a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, a no-expense-spared luxury sedan with a body handcrafted by Pinin Farina in Italy. Just 99 examples were built for 1959, each priced at $13,074, at a time when other Cadillac Eldorado models – two-door hardtops or convertibles – listed for $7,401. To this rare original, Super Rides by Jordan grafted on the roof of a Pontiac Safari station wagon, though the process was hardly that simple.

This Frankensteined classic auto needs to be seen to be believed.

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Guru

Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 622
Good Answers: 13
#1

Re: ‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

03/12/2019 11:43 PM

I thought it was only me who thought station-wagons (not hatch-backs) were under-rated. What ever happened to the true station-wagon (tail-gate with roll-down window)?

__________________
Science is the "cookbook" for making things.
Reply
Guru
Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member Safety - ESD - New Member Hobbies - Fishing - New Member

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 50.390866N, 8.884827E
Posts: 17996
Good Answers: 200
#2
In reply to #1

Re: ‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

03/13/2019 1:11 AM

I tend to generally agree, but the laws in most countries have been tightened up over the years, simply to prevent passengers riding in the back, in any vehicle where there are no seats and no safety belts....due to modern safety requirements.

That goes for pickups and other commercial vehicles like closed vans for example.....

So manufacturers saved money on the rear door - sadly!

__________________
"What others say about you reveals more about them, than it does you." Anon.
Reply
Member

Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 8
#4
In reply to #1

Re: ‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

03/13/2019 8:06 AM

Lee Iaccoca and the minivan happened. Whether good or bad is up to the beholder.

Reply
Power-User

Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wherever my motorcycle has taken me!
Posts: 384
Good Answers: 24
#3

Re: ‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

03/13/2019 6:50 AM

Sometimes I miss my 1978 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon. It could seat four kids in the back, complete with seat belts. Fold down all the seats and move the front bench forward & you could fit 4 X 8' sheets of plywood inside with the tailgate closed. That rear portal had the roll down window and could open by dropping down or swinging open. I had the same version wagon in the 1970 vintage that had a bit more leg room up front with 8' sheets inside.

__________________
Common sense is an oxymoron and the world is full of morons. (I am not one of them)!!!
Reply
Guru
Engineering Fields - Instrumentation Engineering - New Member Hobbies - Automotive Performance - New Member Technical Fields - Education - New Member Fans of Old Computers - TRS-80 - New Member Hobbies - Musician - New Member

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 1331
Good Answers: 30
#5

Re: ‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

03/13/2019 2:57 PM

Station Wagons my parents and I have owned:

1955 Ford 4dr.

1959 Edsel Ranger 4dr

1963 Ford Cortina 4dr

1972 Ford Pinto 2dr

1976 Ford Pinto 2dr

1979 Mercury Zephyr 4dr

1981 Ford Escort 4dr

__________________
...and the Devil said: "...yes, but it's a DRY heat..!"
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 622
Good Answers: 13
#6
In reply to #5

Re: ‘Cadmad,’ Perhaps the World’s Only ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Station Wagon, Takes the 2019 Ridler Award

03/13/2019 5:09 PM

You had an Edsel? Is it still around?

__________________
Science is the "cookbook" for making things.
Reply
Reply to Blog Entry 6 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

70AARCuda (1); Andy Germany (1); Dennis R. Levesque (2); dnielsen (1); wmerryall (1)

Previous in Blog: The $114 Million Barn Find (That Has Yet To Be Found)   Next in Blog: A Game-Changer Marks Its Golden Anniversary: Datsun’s Z Celebrates 50 Years

Advertisement