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Red, white and blue 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Bicentennial Edition


Since today is the Fourth of July, the Pick of the Day is something patriotic. I decided to go all the way, with the idea that bigger is always better. And what could be bigger and better than a red, white and blue Cadillac?

The patriotic Pick is a stunning 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible that is not only big enough to make a statement, it is one of only 200 Bicentennial Edition Eldorados built. It certainly fits the bill on the big side, with a total length of a whopping 224.1 inches, which is more than 18-and-a-half feet.

Cadillac Eldorado
The Cadillac Eldorado was one of just 200 Bicentennial Editions built

As with all Bicentennial Editions, it features a white leather interior with red piping, a red dashboard, red carpet, white top and a body finished in Cotillion White with red and blue pinstripes. The 1976 Eldo was thought at the time to be the last convertible that Cadillac would ever offer because of looming DOT regulations, and the 200 Bicentennial Edition cars were the last ones off the line.

This is No. 105 of the total 199 cars sold to the public (the 200th car was kept by GM), and it has covered only 5,400 actual miles, according to the St. Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the Cadillac on ClassicCars.com.

Cadillac Eldorado
The Bicentennial trim makes a statement on this Cadillac Eldorado

The Caddy is in superb condition, the seller says, and fully loaded from the factory with all available options, including a numbers-matching 500cid V8, automatic transmission, power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, six-way 50/50 comfort power seats, power convertible top, power windows, power door locks, power remote trunk release and electric pull down, climate control AC and cruise control.

Also, an AM/FM 8-track radio with power antenna, trumpet horn, heavy-duty cooling system, controlled-cycle intermittent wipers, Twilight Sentinel, rear defogger, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, dual remote adjustable mirrors, convertible hard boot covers, passenger vanity mirror, door-edge guards, full size spare, outside thermometer and illuminated entry system.

Cadillac Eldorado
The special-edition interior is white leather with red trim 

Despite this Eldorado’s ultra-low-mileage preserved condition, age effects any car, regardless of use. As a result, the seller recently replaced the whitewall tires, the convertible top, serviced the air conditioning and converted it to R134a refrigerant, replaced both valve-cover gaskets, replaced the engine oil and filter, and replaced the rear brake calipers and pads, the ad says.

The car also has received recently a new radiator, portions of the exhaust system and new shocks. The seller states that with the exception of the dash clock, every system on this car is 100 percent functional.

This Bicentennial Edition Eldorado would be the perfect Fourth of July parade car, maybe with the mayor waving from the back.

The asking price for this massive showing of patriotic fervor is $69,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. I aminterested at about $18,000. Need to be realistic. I have a 73 Eldorado with 8900 miles and was told that it is valued at $15,000. it is in better than new condition. The Cadillac’s have not appreciated like the muscle cars.

    • I would say you aren’t interested in it then. 5k actual miles, and 1 of 200 made. I’ve seen two of these cars and get asking price for them, well north of $50k.

  2. Nice car. Price is out of line, no matter what year it is.

    That year Cadillac also was the parade car at the Indy 500…the President of Cadillac Division was at the race…as the parade started, four or five of the Eldo convertibles wouldn’t start….and wouldn’t start. I think they eventually got two of them running…might have been vapor lock, and maybe something else. But I am guessing whoever was responsible for vehicle prep for that fleet probably found him or herself other employment come June of that year. And by the way, nobody but fools actually bought all that "the last convertible!" BS. Not long afterwards, a whole industry sprung up to make Cadillac convertibles, and it thrived for years. Just money GM decided it didn’t want to make, I guess, while they "perfected" great ideas like the V8-6-4 engine. diesel Cadillacs , the Chevy II Seville and that milestone pair, the Cimarron and the Catera.

    • Let me guess the 4 new Eldos had warped heads. I have a North Star (1986) in my garage. I didmt get one word from Cadillac. Does any one know if there was a recall? I had 2 before this one w/ a 4.9 Should of kept that engine. The last time I saw it was stuffed with teenagers going to Cedar Point Amusement Park. About 100 miles away. That factory radio was kickin’ it.

    • I agree way out of line . If you watch the car of the day on a daily basis you can tell which people want to sell and others who are fishing.I also like the number game people play with vehichles . See I myself have owned many high end vehichles and as it goes it not hard to play the 1 of 32000 game and break it down from there . You start with color then drivetrain and finally I’ve seen it go as far as power antenna . Making the antenna take it finally to 1 of 200 made . So honestly does it make any difference that the car would have a power antenna . Not in my opinion but hey if you can make someone believe it’s that rare then the price goes up . Good luck with the sale of your car sir

      • Click on the Pick of the Day red link at the end of the article, which will take you to the seller’s ad, with more information including price and location.

  3. I wonder, is this one of the 2 Porter brothers Eldorados that they kept in a warehouse in Cleveland, Ohio? I used to work for Central Cadillac, and I was shown 2 of these in a warehouse still in their plastic. One car had 18 miles on it, the other had only 8.


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