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 convertible marked the end of an era: it was the last American convertible.
The car 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.
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Specs
Production 14,000 (1976 convertibles only).
A Cream Convertible
A Red Convertible
1976 was to be the final year for the Eldorado convertible and the car was heavily promoted by General Motors as "the last American convertible". Some 14,000 would be sold, many purchased as investments. The final 200 were designated as "Bicentennial Edition" commemorating America's 200th birthday. These cars were white with a dual-color red/blue pinstripe along the upper bodyside.
When GM reintroduced Eldorado convertibles for the 1984 model year, owners of 1976 Eldorados felt they had been deceived and launched an unsuccessful class action lawsuit. Having received a major facelift the previous year, the 1976 Eldorado received only minor styling changes, including a new grille and revised taillamp lenses.
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