Coming from nearly 30 years of ownership under the current owner, this Eldorado is ready to cruise the boulevard in your local town with more than $10,000 in mechanical work being performed within the last eight years. The “Firethorn Metallic” paint finish is striking and well-presented, and the selling dealer says that the 71,176 indicated miles are true and original. The auction ends tomorrow, so click over and take a look at this clean ride.
For 12 generations, the Eldorado set a standard in luxurious personalized motoring. Today’s car comes from the ninth generation which had a lifespan from 1971 through 1978. As with many cars in the 1970s, the Eldorado grew longer, wider, and heavier thanks to the overall mindset of “bigger is better” that was going on in the American automotive industry at the time. Specifically, the car few two inches in length and six in wheelbase compared to the previous model. While parking was made more challenging, the added size made for commodious seating capacity for six people in the cabin.
Moving this luxo-vert is a 500cid (8.2-liter) V8 that was rated at 215 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The AutoHunter listing says that extensive service updates were performed eight years ago including replacement of the distributor cap and rotor, ignition coil, spark plugs, spark plug wires, speedometer cable, water pump, and radiator.
One interesting bit about the 1976 Eldorado convertible: This car was marketed by General Motors as “the last American convertible.” That phrasing drove the marketplace to see the Eldorado as a future collectible. In reality, the Eldorado convertible came back just eight years later in 1984, and there was a class-action lawsuit from buyers who felt they had been deceived.
Regardless, the Eldorado continues to have its place in the collector community and this low-mileage example is undoubtedly a preservation-grade find. The seller has provided a start-up video showing this Eldorado coming to life and the power antenna springing into action. The engine has a nice purr to it, and the power-retractable top is shown retracting in seamless operation.
The auction for this 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible ends Friday, September 22, 2023, at 11:40 a.m. (PDT)