1976 Cadillac Eldorado
The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible was truly the end of an era. They have languished for years on the sidelines of the hobby, but they are finally seeing some serious attention by hobbyists who realize that they'll never see a car like this again. Values are going up, so use this as your opportunity to get the last of the big Eldos while they're still affordable. GM billed the '76 Eldorado as the last convertible, and while that turned out not to be the case, it was definitely the end of an era. Never again will land yachts like this roam the highways, and to most enthusiasts, the '76 was the best-looking of the final full-sized Cadillac ragtops. Fender skirts were gone, the clean front end with rectangular headlights will never go out of style, and despite being over 17 feet long, it wears its proportions perfectly. This one offers Chesterfield Brown bodywork, which was a popular color then that's making a big comeback today. The paint is in good condition for its age, showing a few signs of use and some discoloration on the fender extensions, which is typical (they usually didn't even match on the showroom floor). The chrome is in excellent condition and details like the filler panel below the rear license plate and rubber extensions under the taillights are in excellent shape. However, it's the interior that truly sets this one apart. Finished in natural Buckskin leather, it looks almost completely unmarked and doesn't betray its mileage in any way. Even the driver's seat shows a minimum of wrinkles and creases. How they managed that, I can't say, but it is every bit as nice as it appears in photos. The carpets, the dash pad, and even the door panels, which tended to crack with exposure to the sun, are all extremely nice. There's also an ultra-rare carpeted floor mat, which you won't find in any catalog, and the original AM/FM stereo radio is still in the dash. GM's famous scissor-style power top folds neatly into the well where it takes up exactly zero shoulder space in the back seat, making this a true 6-seater. The giant trunk is outfitted with correct mats, a full-sized spare, and a jack. It was also the final year for Cadillac's 500 cubic inch V8. Smooth and effortless, it moves the 5200 pound ragtop easily. It seems to ignore hills and the load of the A/C compressor, and teamed with the TH425 automatic, it remains a superb highway cruiser. Like the rest of the car, the engine bay is tidy and in very good condition, with plenty of evidence of recent work. It has been tuned and the belts and hoses are new, so it's ready to enjoy. The original Quadrajet carb was rebuilt, it wears correct Cadillac Blue engine enamel, and there's R134a refrigerant in the A/C system. Underneath it's impressively solid, with a replacement exhaust system and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, which were also just serviced. 235/75/15 whitewall radials are fitted to the original wheels and carry correct hubcaps with black centers, which was a 1976-only feature. Fans of '70s luxury cannot do better than the legendary Eldorado convertible, and this one is extremely good in a lot of ways. Call today!