1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
- Final Year fo the Eldorado Convertible
- 500ci V8
- Automatic Transmission
- 68k Miles
- White Over Red Interior
- New Red Leather Interior
- Power Convertible Top
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“With a starting price as large as its personality, the Eldorado provided everything that one could ever desire in an automobile.” -OPUMO, U.K. design site, December 2015
The people at Hagerty Media captured the late-seventies Eldorado zeitgeist: “Yes, 1976 was a grand year for Cadillac, with giant lux yachts roaming the earth. Each of these fantastic, plush, open-topped conveyances turned in a curb weight of 5153 pounds and an overall length of a smidge over 224 inches. And all 1976 Eldorados… sported an impressive 8.2-liter, 500-cubic-inch V-8. Most breathed through a four-barrel Quadrajet carburetor.” The 1976 Eldorado was to be the “last year of the General Motors convertible” as Edward C. Kennard, Cadillac's general manager proclaimed in a press release on April 21, 1976.
While Cadillac would later reverse its decision, and to this day has introduced any number of drop-tops, there would never be another convertible as grand as the '76 Eldorado. In that sense, this is very much a historic automobile. The white-over red leather Eldorado convertible with white fabric power-operated top offered here perfectly represents this iconic model. With just 68,000 miles on its odometer—roughly 1,500 miles per-years on average—the car's condition is excellent overall.
The white exterior paint retains very good gloss, not least of all on the long expanse of hood over which the driver enjoys a commanding view of the road. The convertible top stores beneath a power-operated “boot.” Red double-line pinstriping extends from the front fender, across the doors, and onto the rear deck where the stripes from both sides meet. All factory exterior badging is in place, properly mounted, and in excellent condition with one exception ( a portion of the right-rear fender “Eldorado” emblem is missing). Chrome on the bumpers, front grille, windshield surround, Cadillac-branded mirrors (incorporating both shiny chrome and brushed surfaces), and door handles is all in excellent condition. Lighting lenses are clear and free of cracks. Narrow white-stripe tires and full factory wheel covers are mounted.
Inside, the recently re-done tufted red-leather interior displays a like-new appearance and feel. Front and rear seat passengers enjoy the same luxurious standard. In similar fashion, the condition of the door trim—which incorporates red leather, carpeting, styled woodgrain trim, and woodgrain pull-handles—is excellent. Cabin floor covering is rich, red cut-pile premium carpeting protected by matching carpet mats with the front mats featuring the embroidered Cadillac emblem. The expansive red vinyl dashboard includes four air-conditioning vents; a full-width woodgrain trim piece enhances the lower dash. A red steering wheel with handsome woodgrain trim frames both a 100-mph speedometer and the automatic-transmission gear indicator.
Under that expansive hood, the maassive 500 cubic-inch V8 powerplant commands an engine compartment which is complete, but not excessively detailed. All auxiliary equipment is properly mounted. The car's undercarriage shows no evidence of damage.
Interested parties will want to view all the more than 165 high-definition photographs at the GarageKeptMotors site to see the Eldorado from every angle, including from underneath. There's also a sampling of the V8's exhaust note in the accompanying short walk-around-and-startup video. With all of that, this '76 Eldorado convertible can only be fully appreciated with an up-close, personal inspection. To that end, we encourage visits to our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that you contact us for an appointment in advance so that we can devote our full attention to you when you're with us. (Our showroom is not open to the public.) Please also feel free to phone or email us with any questions you may have.
Hemmings noted: “Today these ('76 Eldorado convertibles) are prized among Cadillac fans….” That's no wonder. It's hard not to imagine the intoxicating sensation of piloting this automobile. And it's probably not too much of an exaggeration to see oneself as royalty amidst all this seventies Cadillac luxury. Feeling like a king—or maybe even like THE King—behind the wheel must deliver a true natural high.