1976 Cadillac Eldorado

Sale Price
20 October 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Auction House
Chassis no. 6L67S6Q188395. White with a white vinyl top over red leather. 500/190hp, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, 8-track.

Evaluation: Definitely showing its 51,392 miles and 46 years of age. The paint on the body and wheels is tired, and on the hood it’s crazing. The top of the windshield frame is scuffed from the top going up and down. There is also a small ding on the left rear fender, and the chrome is very tired. The driver’s seat has been reupholstered but the rest of the interior is original and aged.

Bottom Line: There was a time when people thought the ‘76 Eldorado would be the last American convertible, ever. GM even marketed it that way. So, many people snatched one up and tucked it away, falsely predicting serious collectability. This is not one of those cars. It’s just a used ‘76 Caddy, that hasn’t led a charmed life but an average one. While the perfectly preserved ”76 convertibles can sell in the mid-five-figure range, 22 grand for this one is entirely rational.

by Andrew Newton
29 October 2022
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