1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
The Cadillac Eldorado has always been a trend setter. The personal
luxury car market segment that Cadillac created with the Eldorado
was growing. The front-wheel drive version was going through its
very first redesign with the 1971-1972 models. It was a completely
new Fleetwood Eldorado not only in design but also in spirit. The
Fleetwood Eldorado was available as a coupe and a luxury
convertible replacing the DeVille convertible series. The "Standard
of the World" was still the luxury leader. The Fleetwood Eldorado
was still unmistakably Cadillac. The last Eldorado Convertible
rolled off the line on April 22nd 1976, the end of the drop top era
for a few bleak years.
For consignment, a sizable, luxurious, convenience smattered, long
smooth cruiser piece of massive Detroit iron in this 1976 Eldorado
Model. Nicknamed Eleanor, this luxury cruiser was only driven by
our caring consignor on sunny days and the top stayed down from May
until early October, now that's a pampered 27 years of ownership!
All service records and receipts from 1994 until today come with
the car as well as service manuals, the original owner's manual and
even a 1976 Cadillac dealership brochure.
Gas crisis? We don't need no stinking gas crisis, we will build it
even bigger, and allow it to drive on regular gas!!! And this
straight steel slabbed sided car which pays very close attention to
its gaps and pampers its chrome trimmings is definitely going to be
the belle of the ball. A V shaped massive grille with matching hood
atop, dual headlights on either side and cathedral turn signal and
cornering lights at the front and rear edges, you are driving
around in a 3 bedroom apartment on wheels. Trimming for the wheel
well surrounds, rockers, and a fine trim spear in mid-section with
exceedingly long rear quarter and deck. This car bleeds class. A
white canvas convertible top with a rear glass window, allows for
your potential famous passengers to remain in total comfort while
they are whisked down the superhighways and byways of the country.
Crystal Blue Firemist in beautiful condition covers all these steel
panels, and it is miles deep and very nicely applied, even the
prone to cracking filler panels are in great shape. The only frown
on the body is that there is some rust bubbling starting on the
passenger's side rear quarter panel. Badging all looks great, as
does chrome which remains in like new condition throughout, and
standard issue Cadillac wheel covers adron the steel wheels and are
wrapped in wide whites on all 4 corners.
A swing of the door and it's a lot like opening a well-balanced
safe door! Heavy, but easy to do. On the doors are power controls,
chromed panels, white stitched leather, vinyl, and blue carpeted
lowers for the doors. A peppering of wood applique is also seen on
these door panels. Inside dual ultra-wide white leather buckets,
showing some creases, slight soiling, and a tear on the driver's
upper section, sport plenty of power adjustments, and are large
enough to accommodate a 3rd front row passenger. In the back, a
wide bench matching the front in design setup stretches from side
to side. The standard square and rectangle dash courtesy GM is in
front and has the trappings of a high optioned car in the form of
auto dimming headlights, cruise control, climate control,
AM/FM/Stereo with an 8-track player, A/C, power steering, power
brakes, and all very clean. The original 3 spoke steering wheel
with a faux leather wrap fronts this original looking dash. Blue
carpet floods the floors and shows some fading and staining,
especially at the entry points.
A 500ci V8 engine fits nicely into the large engine bay with a
little patina present. A 4bbl carburetor feeds the massive engine
its mixture of fossils and air and a TH425 automatic transmission
is on back. 2.73 are the gears for the final drive ratio. All
receipts and detailed information are available for your inspection
and date back to 1994.
Unrestored but solid is the presentation for the undercarriage. The
frame is sound and sturdy as are the floor pans which are showing
some minor surface rust in a few places but nothing remarkable.
Independent torsion bars for the front suspension, and a 4 link
with coil springs are on back. Power disc brakes are on all 4
corners to bring this car to a halt with ease. Single exhaust sends
spent gasses out the back of the car and we note that the catalytic
is showing some heavy rust to its outer shell.
She started with a turn of the key and ran beautifully. A
smooooooth cruise, good tight steering and straight braking. With
the 500 cubes it does not take too much time to get to cruising
speed, and the transmission shifts smoothly on the way there. All
functions were working beautifully save for radio, cruise control,
and A/C. We did note some extra wind noise when driving with the
top up as there are a few missing window seals otherwise all was
A large and in charge example of the mid 1970's idea of luxury.
Damn the torpedoes when it comes to any gas crisis, because we will
take a 500ci engine, and bolt massive steel panels around it, and
pepper it with luxury and conveniences, and you can be on your
way...to the top... only in Cadillac style.
67-2 Door Convertible
S-500ci V8 4bbl 190hp
Q-Detroit, MI Assy Plant
216173-Sequential Unit Number
ST 76 6EL67-1976 Eldorado Convertible
BDY FWD009784-Detroit Body #
TR S022-White Leather, Blue Carpet
PNT 90 11R-Crystal Blue Firemist, Cotillion White
02A-1st Week February Build
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.