What was the biggest Brougham of the Great Brougham Epoch? It wasn’t a Cadillac, Lincoln or Imperial, believe it or not. Nope, the trophy goes to something that you may not expect: The International Eagle Brougham. Yes, IH made a big rig Brougham.
In a recent discussion with frequent CC reader and commenter Sean, he informed me of the Eagle Brougham. As he related:
I was talking to my Dad a little last night, mainly begging for [old car] pics. He reminded me that in the early 80s you could get an IH Transtar Eagle Brougham in conventional (4300 series) and Cab Over (4070 series). No vinyl top but a lot of Gingerbread. Not the Broughamiest but maybe the Biggest. The interior was what made the package, deep tufted Red Velour, built-in CB, optional TV, Brown Shag carpet and dark wood paneling.. It’s almost like someone’s basement “party room” from the 70s.
After doing a search for pictures of this most elusive Brougham, I found a most excellent one on hankstruckpictures.com (a very cool website for vintage truck fans, check it out!) owned by Brandon Waddell. More details on his truck can be found here, but apparently only a few hundred were made.
So apparently, the Brougham Epoch may not have taken off in the big rig market, but it was attempted. Ah, the ’70s, how different it was from today. And special thanks to Sean, for letting me know about a cool Big Rig Brougham I’d never heard of before.