Cadillac Deville Models & History 1976


Coupe DeVille, a name that had been around for over two decades, was advertised as “America’s favorite luxury car.”

  • The mid-1970s edition had a vinyl cabriolet roof with chrome accent strip at the leading edge, and a squarish quarter window (considerably larger than most such windows at this time).
  • Sedan DeVille continued the pillarless hardtop that had been part of the GM tradition for years, but would soon be doomed to extinction.
  • Sedans also featured narrow sail-shaped fixed windows in the roof quarter panels.
  • DeVille’s crosshatch grille was dominated by a framed set of vertical bars, peaking forward slightly at the center.
  • An upper horizontal bar above the grille mesh held a Cadillac script at the side and swept down alongside the grille, then outward to wrap around the fenders just above the bumpers.
  • Quad rectangular headlamps met wraparound cornering lamps.
  • Set into traditional tall housings at rear fender tips were vertical inward-facing and outward-facing side lamps.
  • Horizontal taillamps were below the deck lid; backup lamps in toward the license plate housing.
  • Script nameplates were on rear quarter panels, just above the bodyside molding.
  • New Magnan ribbed knit upholstery came in six colors; Merlin Plaid or Manhattan velour each in two. Eleven leather combinations were available. Distinctive simulated-rosewood appliques and laminates highlighted doors and dash. 50/50 seats had individual fold-down center armrests. The standard 500 cu. in. V-8 (whose days were numbered) could have either a four-barrel carburetor or fuel injection.
  • The special-edition Coupe DeVille d’Elegance now carried standard opera lamps behind the quarter windows, which were optional on other DeVille coupes.
  • D’Elegance hoods omitted the customary “V” and crest, substituting a distinctive stand-up see-through ornament along the chrome windsplit.
  • Styling highlights included dual accent stripes on front and sides of hood, door surfaces, and rear deck (in choice of eight colors).
  • Interiors contained new loose-pillow style 50/50 seats in two-toned Magnan ribbed knit cloth (four colors).
  • A “DeVille d’Elegance” script was on the instrument panel and sail panels (coupe only).
  • The package also included wide brushed-chrome lower door moldings, and bodyside moldings with colored vinyl inserts to match the vinyl roof color.
  • Coupe DeVille’s Cabriolet roof option, with Elk Grain vinyl padded vinyl top, added for 1976 a decorative Cadillac crest on the sail panels.
  • Also part of the package: a standup see-through hood ornament, chrome roof moldings, and French seam around the backlight.
  • Cabriolet roofs had been available on Coupe DeVille since 1974.


Model Series Number Body Style Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
DeVille 6C D47 2-door Coupe 6 $9067 5025 114,482
DeVille 6C D49 4-door Hardtop Sedan 6 $9265 5127 67,677




Item Carburetor engine Fuel Injected engine
Type V-8 90-degree, overhead valve V-8. Cast iron block and head.
Displacement 500 cu. in. (8.2 liters)
Bore & stroke 4.300 x 4.304 in.
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Brake horsepower 190 @ 3600 R.P.M. 215 @ 3600 R.P.M.
Torque 360 lb.-ft. @ 2000 R.P.M. 400 lb.-ft. @ 2000 R.P.M.
Main bearings Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Fuel distribution 4 Bbl. Rochester M4ME Fuel Injection




Wheelbase 130.0 in.
Overall length 230.7 in.
Coupe Height 53.8 in.
Sedan Height 54.3 in.
Width 76.4 in.
Front Tread 61.7 in.
Rear Tread 60.7 in.
Standard tires GR78 x 15-B SBR wide WSW




Transmission Three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic standard on all models; column shift (400 series)
Gear ratios (1st) 2.48:1; (2nd) 1.48:1; (3rd) 1.00:1: (Rev) 2.07:1 or 2.09:1.
Standard final drive axle ratio 2.73:1
Optional axle ratio 3.15:1
Axle type Hypoid rear axle
Steering variable ratio power assisted
Front suspension upper/lower control arms, coil springs, rod-and-link stabilizer bar
Rear suspension four-link drive, coil springs
Body construction separate body and perimeter frame
Wheel size 15 x 6 JK
Brakes front ventilated disc. rear drum with power booster
Ignition HEI electronic ignition
Fuel tank 27.5 gal.




Fuel-injected V-8 engine $647
Heavy-duty cooling system $40
80-amp alternator $45.
California emission equipment $50
Limited slip differential $61
Trailering pkg. $85
Automatic level control $92




Brougham d’Elegance $885
Coupe DeVille Cabriolet $329
Coupe DeVille Cabriolet w/Astroroof $1288
Coupe DeVille Cabriolet w/sunroof $1104
DeVille d’Elegance $650




Astroroof for full vinyl roof $885
Astroroof (painted) $985
Sunroof for full vinyl roof $701
Sunroof for painted roof $800
Cruise control $104.
Controlled-cycle wipers $28
Rear defogger, grid-type $77
Six-way dual comfort power passenger seat: $131
Six-way power front lounge seat $131
Power passenger 50/50 seat w/recliner $221
Manual driver’s 50/50 seatback recliner $65
Tilt/telescope steering wheel $102
Automatic door locks $100
Illuminated entry system $52
Fuel monitor $26
Theft deterrent system $114
Track master $263
Remote trunk lock $68
Opera lamps $58
Twilight Sentinel $47
Guidematic headlamp control $54
Trumpet horn $19
Remote-control right mirror $30
Thermometer on left mirror $18
Lighted vanity mirror, passenger $44 – $60
AM/FM stereo radio w/tape player $239
Signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio $147
Signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio w/weather band $209
Firemist paint $146
Padded vinyl roof $163
Accent stripes $42
Door edge guards $7-$11
License frame $7 each
Expanded vinyl upholstery $47
Dual comfort 50/50 front seat $185
Dual comfort 60/40 front seat $123
Leather upholstery $220-$235
Front shoulder belts $36
Air cushion restraint system N/A
Carpeted rubber floor mats, front/rear $38-$47
Turbine-vaned wheel covers $45
Wire wheels on d’Elegance/Talisman $122
Stowaway spare tire NC