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    The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was a behemoth of a car that moved like a tank and guzzled gas at a rate of 13 miles per gallon despite raised compression ratios and a recalibrated carburetor. A long-running luxury line that spanned half a century before being discontinued in 2002, the 1976 convertible marked the end of an era: it was the last American convertible.

    Meaning the "golden one", the last 200 convertible brought a buying scramble. They were designated as "Bicentennial Edition" commemorating America's 200th birthday. They came in white with a dual-color red/blue pinstripe along the upper bodyside. In 1983, buyers sued GM when the automaker reintroduced Eldorado convertibles, arguing that they were deceived.

    That year,  when all other domestic convertibles had vanished, GM heavily promoted the America's only remaining convertible as "the last American convertible". 14,000 would be sold, some were bought at $20,000, double the list price, where buyers hoped to cash in on their investments.

    The '76 Eldorado was powered by a 500cid V8 but could only muster 190 horsepower, with a top speed of just 109 mph. Its large body measured 225 in long and 80 in wide. These Eldos were dressed in 21 different body color, with six convertible-top color selections. Merlin Plaid, Lush Velour and Mansion Knit for non-leather interiors and 11 leather choices of Sierra Grain leather were available.

    Eldos came with an airbag, Dual Comfort front seats with folded-down armrests, and a six-way power seat. The Twilight Sentinel headlights came in as an option. They operated according to outside conditions.

    In 2002, GM announced the end of the Eldorado line. 1596 red or white convertibles were produced in three batches of 532.

    The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible "Bicentennial Edition"

    Production  14,000 (1976 convertibles only).

    Body Style  Two-door, six-seater convertible.

    Construction  Steel body and chassis.

    Engine  500cid V8.

    Power Output  190 bhp.

    Transmission  Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic.

    Suspension  Front and rear independent coil springs with automatic level control.

    Brakes  Four-wheel discs.

    Maximum Speed  109 mph

    0-60 mph  15.1 sec

    A.F.C.  13 mpg

    A red 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

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