DARRYL STARBIRD HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE of the most creative customizer's and builder's in the Industry ! His forward thinking concepts such as the "Predicta", the "Forcasta", and, the "Fantabula", have proven to be some of the most incredible designs ever created, and have earned him the title of the "King Of The Bubble Tops".
I FOLLOWED THE PROGRESS OF his rare, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Concept Car, "THE SHARK", from its earliest "bare metal" stages, as shown on the left, until its finished version, as seen at the top of this page and below, was unveiled at the 33rd Annual KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas. And, believe me, watching it being brought into the Main Show Area that day was truly an awe inspiring event !
AS YOU'LL HEAR DARRYL state in the Interview, he built this car so it can be used 3-Ways: 1. With its chopped, stainless steel top in place; 2. With the Bubble Top that Darryl created in place: 3. Or, as a Roadster with no top at all !
But, one of the most-fun parts of Darryl's Interview about "The Shark", concerns the story of two car buffs who came to visit Darryl in the Garage after the stainless steel top was chopped on this rare Eldorado Brougham that Darryl has owned for more than 30 years ! This is priceless !!
Again, my thanks to Darryl, and his lovely wife, Donna, for their help and support of the Hall Of Fame Legends Series since the beginning ! JK
(Above Left: "The Shark's" nose, painted, chromed, molded & sculptured perfectly ! ; Above Right: "The Shark's" front end with the beautiful early metal work being done.)
(Above: A side view of "The Shark" with Darryl's early chop, and metal work accomplished. I knew this car would be awesome when it was finished !)
SPECIAL NOTE: In May of 2007, while I was at Darryl's National Rod & Custom Car Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Oklahoma (held at the NR&CC HOF Museum), Darryl invited me out to his Garage to see the Brougham in its early-build stage and take pix of it. The bare-metal pix shown on this page are the ones that came from that photo shoot.
THE FINISHED PHOTOS OF "The Shark", shown on this page were taken by Dakota Wentz and are Courtesy of Darryl Starbird's Collection.
THE MAIN REASON that General Motors created the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was to compete with Ford's Lincoln Continental Mark II.
The 1956-1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II was priced at, roughly, $10,000.00. The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham listed higher than the Mark II...at a whopping $13,074.00, and only 400 units were built !
IN REALITY, it was later Industry knowledge that BOTH Ford & GM lost money on every Continental Mark II & Eldorado Brougham that was built. Even though "one-upsmanship" was the name of the game at that point in time, it proved to be costly for all involved. JK
BE SURE TO VISIT DARRYL'S GREAT WEBSITE www.darrylstarbird.com for a look at Darryl's history, cars, and, videos, the Museum itself, upcoming shows, and, learn how to obtain your personal copy of Darryl's fascinating biography "Darryl Starbird, The Bubble Top King" !
AND, TO HEAR DARRYL'S Classic Story of "New Builders & The Secret of the English Wheel" Simply CLICK-ON-HERE !!