For the last time, the luxurious Brougham would carry on the Sixty Special name, riding a lengthy 133 in. wheelbase — three inches longer than a Sedan DeVille. New “Fleetwood” plaques replaced script on both Brougham and the longer-wheelbase Fleetwood Seventy-Fives (below). A stand-up “jewel-like” wreath-and-crest hood ornament was now standard on both. Basic styling was similar to DeVille, including the large chrome housings at rear fender tips that held inward- and outward-facing red lenses. The decklid held a wreath-and-crest emblem rather than Calais/DeVille’s “V” and crest. Modest Fleetwood nameplates on front fenders (behind the wheel openings, below the body side molding) and decklid corner were in block letters, colored to match the body. Brougham standards included
a signal-seeking radio with power antenna
automatic level control
six-way power seat
power windows and door locks
individual reading lights
Standard Dual Comfort 60/40 front seats with fold-down center armrest could be upholstered in Minoa ribbed velour with leather bolsters (three colors) or smooth-finish Mansion (five colors). Sierra Grain leather came in 11 trim combinations.
Broughams could have premium wheel covers with Fleetwood wreath/crest and black centers. Two luxury option packages were offered again. Brougham’s d’Elegance option changed for 1976 to include contoured loose-pillow style seats trimmed in soft Mansion brushed-knit fabric (five colors available) with 50/50 Dual Comfort front seats, seatback pockets, extra-dense pile carpeting, “Brougham d’Elegance” script on instrument panel, and wide brushed-chrome lower door moldings. The roof was thickly padded in Elk Grain vinyl with roller perimeter around the backlight, rich French seam, and bright chrome belt moldings. Also in the package:
turbine-vaned wheel discs
“Brougham d’Elegance” script on the sail panels.
The Fleetwood Talisman option package included
40/40 front seats with six-way power adjuster and power passenger recliner, trimmed in Medici crushed velour (black or dark blue)
special interior trim
console with lighted compartment
stand-up wreath/crest hood ornament
padded Elk Grain vinyl roof
turbine-vaned wheel discs
“Fleetwood Talisman” identification on sail panels.
FLEETWOOD SEVENTY-FIVE LIMOUSINE
This would be the final year for the long Caddy limo and nine-passenger sedan (151.5 in. wheelbase and 252.3 in. overall), which weighed in at a whopping 5800 lbs. Their body style had first appeared for 1971. This year, like Fleetwood Brougham, they gained a new grille pattern plus revised cornering lamps with horizontal chrome trim. Base prices were $14,889 for the nine-passenger sedan and $15,239 for the eight-passenger limo. This model year, a total of 1,815 Fleetwood Seventy-Fives were built: 981 sedans and 834 limos.
Fleetwood remained the only American-built vehicle that was designed and built strictly as a limousine. Big Fleetwoods had two separate automatic climate control systems. Interior choices were Medici crushed velour fabric in black or dark blue, or light gray Magnan Knit in light gray. Full-width folding seats held three extra passengers. Passengers could use the control panel to raise/lower windows, turn on reading lamps, operate radio, or (in limo) raise/lower the center partition. Fixed quarter windows behind the rear doors were larger than those on Sedan DeVille. (Fleetwood Broughams had no such windows at all.)
Electronic fuel injection was optional on the 500 cu. in. (8.2-liter) V-8 engine. A cross-grain padded vinyl roof was optional. Seventy-Five models had new graphite-treated rear brake linings, reinforced shoes, and Hydro- Boost power-brake booster. They also boasted four cigarette lighters rather than the usual two.
Fuel Injected engine
V-8 90-degree, overhead valve V-8. Cast iron block and head.
500 cu. in. (8.2 liters)
Bore & stroke
4.300 x 4.304 in.
190 @ 3600 R.P.M.
215 @ 3600 R.P.M.
360 lb.-ft. @ 2000 R.P.M.
400 lb.-ft. @ 2000 R.P.M.
Hydraulic valve lifters
4 Bbl. Rochester M4ME
56.8 (56.6 limo)
GR78 x 15-D SBR wide WSW
HR78 x 15-D SBR wide WSW
Three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic standard on all models; column shift (400 series)
(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
Optional axle ratio
Hypoid rear axle
variable ratio power assisted
upper/lower control arms, coil springs, rod-and-link stabilizer bar
four-link drive, coil springs
separate body and perimeter frame
15 x 6 JK
front ventilated disc. rear drum with power booster