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2019 Ridler Award Winner Announced: Barton’s ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham “Wagon”

DETROIT, MI—Steve Barton of Las Vegas, NV provided the initial vision for this year’s Ridler Award winner, a custom 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham called “Cadmad.”

Unfortunately, Barton wasn’t able to see his brainchild, which was built by Super Rides by Jordan of Escondido, CA, take home one of the most coveted awards in hot rodding. Barton recently passed away, but the Brougham will help cement his hot rodding legacy as he joins the list of Rider winners.

One of just 99 Broughams made in 1959, the Cadillac was already rare. The Super Rides by Jordan team went about making this particular Eldorado Brougham a true one-of-a-kind by converting it into a two-door wagon. The body was narrowed, rear doors were removed, and the front doors were stretched—and those were just a few of the modifications that helped make Barton’s vision a reality.

Under the hood, a turbocharged, 632 cubic-inch Corvette V8 pumps out over 1,000 horsepower. The “Cadmad” rolls on 18-inch wheels and is covered in a distinctive flesh-colored paint—a Pink Cadillac of sorts!

Get a closer look at this year’s Ridler Award winner below:

[all images/Daniel Fortuna]


  1. Perry Yasher says:

    I am a wagon nut and this is way cool!

  2. First Cadillac to ever win the Ridler award and the first 1959 model of any kind to win the Ridler award. Sweet.

  3. Dennis Broeske says:

    It’s not a 59. 59’s had much larger fins

    • Bruce Craig says:

      This Cadillac was custom-bodied by Pininfarina. Cadillac produced only 99 examples. Therefore those 99 did not have the same fins as production 59s.

  4. What a sweet ride. A well deserved ride

  5. It’s a rare 1959 Eldorado Brougham limited edition and they did have different fins than the classic ’59 Cadillac.

  6. That’s a gorgeous ride, more than deserving of taking home The Ridler. Steve Barton had a most enviable collection of exquisite rides, he would have enjoyed this one.

  7. Barton’s ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham “Wagon” Announced 2019, Ridler Award Winner it’s a piece of great news.

  8. To tell everyone on here that a 59 had much larger fins is a direct insult to the readers and the people who presented the award. I know it is hard to believe but we all ain’t stupid. Better to keep your mouth shut at times.

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