Fleetwood Cadillac History 1976

Fleetwood Cadillac Models & History 1976

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
  • lamp monitors
  • six-way power seat
  • power windows and door locks
  • individual reading lights
  • carpeted footrests.

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
  • opera lamps
  • “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.


Model Series Number Body Style Body Type Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Production Total
Fleetwood Brougham 6C B69 4-door Sedan 6 10,935 5213 24,500


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


Feature Fleetwood Brougham Fleetwood 75
Wheelbase 133.0 in. 151.5
Overall length 233.7 in. 252.2
Height 58.3 in. 56.8 (56.6 limo)
Width 76.4 in. 76.4
Front Tread 61.7 in. 61.7
Rear Tread 60.7 in. 60.7
Standard tires 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)
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
Optional axle ratio
Axle type
Hypoid rear axle
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
front ventilated disc. rear drum with power booster
HEI electronic ignition
Fuel tank
27.5 gal.


Heavy-duty cooling system
80-amp alternator
California emission equipment
Limited slip differential


Cruise control
Controlled-cycle wipers
Rear defogger, grid-type
Tilt/telescope steering wheel
Automatic door locks
Illuminated entry system
Fuel monitor
Theft deterrent system
Track master
Remote trunk lock
Opera lamps
Twilight Sentinel
Guidematic headlamp control
Trumpet horn
Remote-control right mirror
Thermometer on left mirror
Lighted vanity mirror, passenger
$44 – $60
AM/FM stereo radio w/tape player
Signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio
Signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio w/weather band
Firemist paint
Door edge guards
License frame
$7 each
Dual comfort 50/50 front seat
Dual comfort 60/40 front seat
Turbine-vaned wheel covers
Wire wheels on d’Elegance/Talisman