Eldorado Cadillac History 1976

Eldorado Cadillac Models & History 1976

Cadillac’s personal-luxury coupe had lost its rear skirts in a major 1975 restyle.

  • This year brought no drastic changes, but some styling refinements.
  • The “Cadillac” script signature was now on the hood (driver’s side) rather than the grille itself.
  • Though similar to the 1975 version, this year’s crosshatch grille was dominated by vertical bars.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado

  • peaked forward at the center.
  • It at so reached a bit higher than the quad rectangular headlamps.
  • New amber-lensed parking lamps rested down in the bumper; horizontal amber-lensed cornering lamps sat back on front fenders.
  • Massive vertical extensions of the outboard bumper protrusions stood at front fender tips.
  • Eldorado script was on rear fenders and decklid.
  • Wide, simple new taillamps were continuous red slots within wide bezel frames, below the decklid and above the bumper.
  • Backup lights were on each side of the license plate.
  • Additional red lenses, facing both side and rear, sat in the massive vertical chrome fender extensions.
  • Distinctively-shaped opera windows sloped down and forward at the base, following the dip in the quarter panel.
  • Other styling highlights included dual accent stripes next to upper and lower crease lines of the hood’s beveled edges.
  • Upper stripes ended at the hood’s rear edge; lower stripes extended all the way to rear edge of door.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado

The big 500 cu. in. V-8 powered Eldos once again, but in weakened, detuned state compared to prior years as a result of more rigorous emissions standards. Bendix electronic fuel injection, which had become optional in 1975, was available again; but the basic engine held a four-barrel carb.

New wheel covers had a black center hub area with bright metal raised wreath-and-crest. Eldorado’s simulated wood dash insert displayed a carved gunstock pattern. Four-wheel power disc brakes were standard, as was a padded vinyl “half” roof. A sunroof was optional. So was the Astroroof that debuted in 1975, with tinted panel for power sunroof, along with sunshade and metal slider.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado

The front-drive Eldo’s rear suspension included upper and lower control arms, helical-coil springs, and automatic level control. Up front were torsion bars. A chain drive connected the torque converter section to the gear portion of the automatic transmission. Interiors could be Mansion Knit fabric in any of four colors; Merlin Plaid in two; or 11 Sierra Grain leather possibilities. The Custom Cabriolet option had first appeared in 1972. That roof this year featured padded Elk Grain vinyl in choice of eleven colors with bright chrome molding, plus wreath/crest ornamentation on sail panels.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado

A Custom Biarritz option arrived late in the model year. That one included thick padding on back roof area, a limousine-style backlight, opera lamps. chrome molding along fenderline, and Sierra Grain pillow-soft leather seats. The package came with or without an Astroroof or sunroof. Eldo held the dubious record of being the world’s biggest car with front-wheel drive–delivering gas mileage to prove it. Back in ’76, though, the coupe got far less attention than the convertible, simply because this was the final year for any GM ragtop. Though hardly rare with 14,000 copies rolling off the line, they gained considerable media coverage and the covetous attention of speculators hoping to profit mightily from the last of a long line of open- topped Caddies. Except for the final 200 all-white examples, Eldorado’s convertible top came in white, black, dark blue, firethorn, dark blue-green, buckskin, or ivory color.


Model Series Number Body Style Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
6E L47 2-door Coupe 5 $10,586 5085 35,184
6E L67 2-door Convertible 5 $11,049 5153 14,000


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) 500 cu. in. (8.2 liters)
Bore & stroke 4.300 x 4.304 in. 4.300 x 4.304 in.
Compression ratio 8.5:1 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 Five
Valve lifters Hydraulic valve lifters Hydraulic valve lifters
Fuel distribution 4 Bbl. Rochester M4ME Fuel Injection


1976 Cadillac Eldorado

Wheelbase 126.3 in.
Overall length 224.1 in.
Height 54.2 in.
Width 79.8 in.
Front Tread 63.7 in.
Rear Tread 63.6 in.
Standard tires LR78-15


Transmission Three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic
Gear ratios
  • 1st = 2.48:1
  • 2nd = 1.48:1
  • 3rd = 1.00:1
  • Rev = 2.07:1 or 2.09:1
Standard axle (final drive) ratio 2.73:1.
Optional final drive 3.07:1
Rear Axle Hypoid rear axle
Steering variable ratio power assisted.
Front suspension upper/lower control arms, torsion bars
Rear suspension four-link drive, coil springs
Level Control automatic level control
Body construction separate body and perimeter frame.
Wheel size 15 x 6 JK.
Brakes four-wheel disc
Brake Booster power booster on all.
Ignition HEI electronic ignition
Fuel tank 27.5 US gal.


Fuel-injected V-8 engine $647
Heavy-duty cooling system $40
80-amp alternator $45
California emission equipment $50
Limited slip differential N/A on Eldorado.
Trailering pkg. $85


Eldorado Cabriolet $432
w/Astroroof $1391
w/sunroof $1207


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
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
Remote trunk lock $68
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: $93
Signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio $147
Signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio w/weather band $61
Firemist paint $146
Padded vinyl roof: $170
Hard boot (two-piece conv.) $63
Door edge guards $7-$11
License frame each: $7
Dual comfort 50/50 front seat: $185
Leather upholstery $220-$235
Front shoulder belts (Eldo conv.) $36
Carpeted rubber floor mats, front/rear $38-$47
Trunk mat $10
Stowaway spare tire N/C

1976 Cadillac Eldorado

1976 Cadillac Eldorado