Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
There are a few cars that thoroughly epitomize automotive elegance and this luxurious 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible easily falls into that category. With a beautiful White Pearl-over-Blue presentation, if you're looking for personal luxury with the exhilaration of top-down driving, you've found the right car. So, let's see what it's like to ride in style.
You can easily get lost in the depth of the outside appearance of this Caddy. The finish is a slick, vibrant White Pearl hue that has grown to be synonymous with the big bodied Cadillac's of old. It's a color that acquits itself extremely well to a larger car like this, amply showcasing the automobile's sleek, streamlined body lines. The finish looks a little too slick to be original, although it was certainly laid down several years ago, and although not perfect, it shows very well as a solid driver-quality classic. There are some signs of touch-ups and other imperfections can be spotted upon closer examination, but overall this droptop Caddy looks sweet, long, and sleek, especially with the smoothed profiles and deleted door handles. Of course, the exterior is further punctuated by nice, big stylishly-crafted chrome bumpers and a full complement of peripheral trim, signature features of the Cadillac brand for generations. The vinyl bumper fillers are intact, and not all cracked and broken as is commonplace on many of these cars. The convertible top is solid white (slightly off-white compared to the finish) and complements the paint and interior extremely well. Actually, it would be hard to imagine two colors that work better together. The top looks like it's rarely been used, but please note the power mechanisms need servicing, so for the time being it's a manual operation for a couple people getting it up and down. The factory front grille is commanding up front, a signature look that Cadillac held onto for years, and by adding those oversized American Racing rims this droptop looks thoroughly modernized.
Climb inside, and you'll immediately feel yourself enveloped in plush, light blue leather upholstery. These spacious seats are as comfortable as your favorite living room recliner, so just make yourself at home, and with their wide surfaces there's plenty of room for all your friends. Overall, the interior is in very good original shape except for a little minor wear here and there, but that should be expected for a car of this vintage. And the comfort level can easily forgive the minor 'comfort marks' that can be found in some of the leather and the large dash. Speaking of that large wrap-around dash, it's all in-tact and stock like the day it left the factory, featuring clean and clear control faces on all the stock gauges and instruments. Wood grain accents run side-to-side and on the original 3-spoke steering wheel that's attached, and it's continued on the door panels for a sophisticated look that really classes things up inside. Everything is likely original, including the dark blue carpet that's showing minor signs of use, but thanks to the protection of a full set of floor mats, it's still very presentable. It's a Caddy, so this baby is loaded with options like factory A/C (needs service), power windows, locks, and front seats, along with tilt steering, cruise control and a Kenwood AM/FM/Cassette radio in the dash. She has just about everything you could order back then, as you might expect from a high-class Eldo. Out back, the trunk is cavernous, with matching blue carpeting neatly laid down on the floors. So, pack heavily and hit the road, because this Caddy is ready to go cross-country with the top down.
Powering this Eldo is a massive 500 cubic inch V8 engine that runs great and doesn't flinch at the notion of carrying this big car down the interstate at cruising speed. This motor has a reputation for reliability and is responsive upon acceleration. The believed-original power plant is backed up by a sturdy three-speed TH425 transmission that shifts flawlessly, handling all the torque with ease as it shifts smooth as butter. Put this car on a lift and you'll get up close and personal with a meticulously-engineered suspension system that delivers one of the smoothest rides you could ever imagine, with power steering and power disc brakes improving the ride experience immensely. Torsion bars up front and a coil spring set-up in back mean this car handles like a dream and floats down the highway like you're riding on a cloud. Even the exhaust system is still stock, featuring a chambered muffler providing that one-of-a-kind Cadillac sound. Finishing off the look, the rolling stock rides on a set of flashy 20" American Racing wheels wrapped in 275/40/20 front and 295/40/20 rear Nitto performance radials that stick to the road.
With American-made convertibles being phased out of production at the time, the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible was an instant c
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