The 1976 Cadillac Eldorado featured only minor changes, as the previous model year brought restyling with rectangular headlights, egg-crate grille, full rear wheel openings (no more fender skirts), new taillight lenses, painted wheel covers, and cleaner lines.
1976 would be the last year for the Cadillac Eldorado convertible for until the 1984 model year. Slow convertible sales, coupled with proposed federal rollover standards, spelled a long hiatus for American convertible. Other GM brands had ceased ragtop production the year before, leading General Motors to market the 1976 Eldorado as the “last American convertible.” Cadillac sold 14,000 copies, with the final 200 “Bicentennial Edition” Eldos finished in white with red and blue pinstripes and a commemorative dash plaque.
Our feature 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible has been the subject of a recently completed restoration. It is brilliant in its original Firethorn Red Metallic hue with a new white vinyl soft top. The famous Cadillac crest and wreath ornament rides proudly at the hood’s leading edge. Chrome bumpers and trim present quite well, with no pitting or patina observed. Stainless trim is equally resplendent with a high polish gleam. The Eldorado has new glass and a new plastic rear window. Painted steel wheels are dressed with full painted hubcaps featuring the Cadillac crest and wreath in the center. The Eldo rolls on radial white wall rubber.
Inside, the Cadillac Eldorado convertible is awash in new Cadillac Dark Firethorn leather and carpet. Door sills are protected by highly polished sill covers complete with the Fisher Body crest. The steering wheel is wrapped in a stitched leather cover that doesn’t quite match the rest of the interior. As one would expect, this Eldorado is fully loaded with power brakes, power steering, six-way power seats, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and an AM/FM/eight-track radio with power antenna.
This 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Indy Spring Classic taking place May 13th through the 21st at the Indiana State Fair Grounds.