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Pick of the Day: 1976 Cadillac DeVille

Heavyweight cruiser


In the 1970s, executive comfort meant floating around in a sedan the size of a modern-day Suburban, while being surrounded by niceties like leather upholstery, woodgrain trim, and a multitude of ashtrays. If that sort of travel experience piques your interest, we definitely have the car for you.

The Pick of the Day is a 1976 Cadillac DeVille listed for sale on by a dealer in Clearwater, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)

“A well cared-for heavyweight cruiser with room for family and friends!” the listing says. This car screams big-body American luxury. My favorite aspect of the body style is the hardtop roofline, which a unique feature for a big-body car such as this. The dealer itemizes some of the appointments that are optioned on the car including power windows, power door locks, a six-way power front seat, a tilt steering column, cruise control, and an AM/FM stereo with an eight-track cassette.

One of the things I like about some of these classics is that you can readily decode a trim tag to identify or verify the original equipment. Luckily, this car comes with a photo of its tag. It decodes as follows:

  • ST 76: 1976 Model Year
  • 6CD49: DeVille Four-Door Hardtop Sedan
  • FWD: Fleetwood Detroit Plant
  • 044685: Body Number
  • Trim 642: Antique Light Buckskin Leather
  • Paint 50T: Calumet Cream with Buckskin Cross Grain Padded Roof
  • 05B: Built Second Week of May
  • A65: Split Back Front Seat
  • BLWDU: Automatic Level Control, Dual Comfort Seat 50/50, Door Edge Guards, Guide-Matic Headlight Control

This big 230-inch-long sedan moves under the power of a similarly-huge 500cid V8 mated to a column-shifted three-speed automatic transmission. At about 5,200 pounds, this won’t be a zero-to-sixty race car, but I don’t think people buy these cars for speed. This baby is all about cruising comfort. And best of all, it has room for you, five of your friends, and all of their luggage for a week-long road trip.

Incidentally, I checked Ebay and found a number of sellers with available eight-track cassette tapes. If you buy this car, shop around and find a nice “easy listening” artist to listen to for the ultimate experience!

“This Caddy is ready to enjoy and drive,” the listing concludes. Someone come pick me up in this thing.

The asking price is $15,900.

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. I love the 1973 thru 1976 Cadillac models, from De Ville, to Seville to,Eldorado…all are beautifully designed, very well put together, and extremely comfortable, for both driver and passengers.
    My absolute choices, are the Coupe De Ville, and the Eldorado Coupe, and Convertible models,
    which are powered by either the bullet proof 472 CI, or 50 CI V-8 Engines. I continue to watch, for one more 1973 Coupe De Ville, fully optioned with the leather interior, a survivor with low mileage.
    Awesome Road Trip drivers, or around town 👍


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