Broadmoor Skyview is the perfect finned family hauler
During the 1950s, you couldn't get a Cadillac station wagon, but you could get a ride in one — if you went to the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Now, there's an opportunity to put one of these rare Broadmoor Hotel Cadillac nine-passenger station wagons in your garage.
Beginning in the 1930s, the Broadmoor Hotel had small fleets of custom Cadillacs built to carry hotel guests through Colorado sights such as Garden of the Gods and up Pikes Peak. By the 1950s, these Cadillacs looked like a cross between a station wagon and an ambulance because, in fact, that is what they essentially were. The Broadmoor contracted Superior Coach of Lima, Ohio, to build them on a commercial chassis, and Superior used many of the body features on these people haulers that it had already established for its funeral coaches. Because of their Plexiglas transparent roof panels, these Cadillacs built for the Broadmoor were labeled Skyview limousines and could carry up to nine passengers in Cadillac style.
One of the six Cadillac Skyview limousines built in 1959 — serial number 59Z083683 — will be offered at Bonhams' March 9 auction at Amelia Island, Florida. The car carries a pre-sale estimate of $175,000-250,000, a pretty lofty price for being able to carry the family in the comfort and style of a wildly finned '59. However, all of these eccentric 1959 Cadillac professional cars are very valuable, and where do you get another '59 Skyview?
For information on the sale, go to Bonhams.com/Amelia.