1976 Cadillac Eldorado
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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Everything works from the AM/FM signal-seeking radio and its power antenna, power steering with tilt and telescopic wheel, power four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, 6-way power seats, power top, Climate Control Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, electric trunk pull-down, etc. The car wears 5 brand new WW radial tires, a brand new premium battery, and has had a full fluids exchange and service.
ONE-OWNER, LOW MILEAGE CAR This is a genuine one-owner car wearing its original Phoenician Ivory paint and matching interior, showing only 60k miles. Even the carpets are original and beautiful!) All books and records come with the car, including a clean A title, as well as a collection of original literature ranging from a Shop and Owners Manuals to factory brochures. Nothing has been altered from stock, and the detailed engine compartment and trunk reveal that nothing has been tampered with; its all bone stock, and collector survivor quality.
The Last American Full-size Convertible For virtually every make and model of collector car, there is one year that is considered the best and the most collectible. For 7th gen Cadillac Eldorados, it is unquestionably the 1976. The Eldorado was given rectangular headlamps, full rear wheel openings without fender skirts and overall crisper lines which resulted in a much sleeker appearance, reminiscent of the 1967-70 models, which are milestones in Cadillac styling, although they lacked a convertible model.
1976 was announced as the final year for the Eldorado convertible and the car was heavily promoted by General Motors as the last American convertible. Having received a major facelift the previous year, the 1976 Eldorado received only minor styling changes, including a new grille and revised taillamp lenses. Not surprisingly, many purchased as investments.
By popular demand, Cadillac reintroduced the Eldorado convertible for the 1984 model year, but it was a completely different car, nowhere near the stature and majesty of the 76. As a result, the 1976 has remained a true testament to the end of an era.
The term land yacht might well have been coined for this last American convertible. The overall length is 224.1 inches (18.675 ft). Curb weight tipped the scales at a full two and a half tons (5400 lbs!).
The Cadillac Eldorado used front-wheel drive, so GM could install longitudinally mounted V8 engines. A highly modified Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission sent power to the front wheels. It also effectively eliminated torque steer, an impressive feat given the Eldos torquey V8 engine.
The Eldorados front suspension was by torsion bars, while the rear used load-leveling air springs, as this generation car was all about a smooth ride. Indeed, the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado rides like a cloud. Braking is via (new for 76) four-wheel discs, which reduced stopping distances and fade. As an aside, disc brake versions of classic cars, like the mid-year Corvettes, are far more valuable than their drum brake predecessors.)
Under the long hood is an appropriately gargantuan engine: 8.2 liters, a full 500 cubic inches. Until quite recently, this held the distinction of being the biggest engine ever offered in a postwar production car.
Despite factory mods to improve fuel economy, Motor Trends July 75 test of a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado (with the same engine as the 76) took 10.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, not too shabby for such a behemoth, and she runs on Regular gas.
These 7th gen Eldos have finally come into their own. They are a testament to a time when bigger was better, when nothing was too extravagant, and when quality really mattered. Whether you consider it as an investment (prices are climbing and the 76 Convertible is the absolute Best of Breed), or as a super fun way to cruise in the lap of luxury with your friends or significant other, this 1976 Cadillac Eldorado is surely the way to travel in old school style.
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