Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
Cadillac has always built cars considered the gold standard of luxury. This 1976 model makes that point with the biggest interior of any car of the day. They also have stayed at the leading edge of automotive technology introducing the first mass produced V8 in 1914 and for this car, building a 500 cubic inch engine that makes 400 horsepower and 550-lbs ft of torque. If you have ever wondered what it was like to drive a Cadillac of this era, or had the desire to own one, you should come down and check this one out.
The tasteful and striking color of this car is called Firethorn Red. Leading the way at the front of that long hood is a big chrome bumper that shines like new with big vertical guards framing the license plate. A V-shaped eggcrate grille is flanked by quad headlights and has a Cadillac crest adorning the nose of the hood. A thin line of chrome runs down the center and a pin-stripe follows the tapered line of the hood trailing back along the top of the doors. There is more polished metal edging the fender wells and running along the beltline from front to rear. The trunk also has a pin-stripe highlight and there are tall marker lights dressed in chrome along with the back bumper. The vinyl roof is in nice shape and looks especially great from the side with its fixed rear window and all four door windows rolled down.
The interior of this car has plenty of room to spread out with 62 inches of front shoulder room in the front seat and 63 inches in the back. Open the door and you will find a red interior with luxurious wood accenting the doors and dash. Chrome piping and brushed metal trims out the controls for the power windows and locks as well as the dash controls and vents. A red 3-spoke steering wheel has a wooden insert running all around it and a Cadillac crest set in wood in the center. Controls for the lights, wipers, climate control and cruise control are to the left of the speedometer with the switch for the power antennae (remember those?) and the radio off to the right. The luxurious power seats are dressed in red cloth and couldn't be any more comfortable for a long cruise. Carpets and headliner are also done in red and the trunk is big enough to swallow all the luggage for a car full of people taking an extended vacation.
Raise that long hood up and you will find that 500 cubic inch powerhouse. It is not a fire breathing race car engine, but rather one that can move this big car around smoothly and effortlessly (and quickly if you wish) without making a fuss and without breaking a sweat. It appears to be completely stock with signs of routine maintenance. It is loaded up with all the expected accessories. Power steering and power front disc brakes, a big alternator and cruise control. The power of that engine runs back through a 3-speed automatic transmission to drive the rear wheels. The car sits on new 22570R15 white wall tires all around mounted on steel wheels with Cadillac hubcaps.
Cadillac. The gold standard of luxury. Come on down and experience what that was like in 1976.
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