Lot Number

1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

Sold For $52,250

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 28 - 29 JANUARY 2016

Chassis No.
  • Single ownership for over 40 years
  • 250 miles from new
  • Perhaps the finest 1976 Eldorado in existence
190 bhp, 500 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with a single four-barrel carburetor, three-speed automatic transmission, front suspension with control arms and torsion bars and four-link rear suspension with coil springs and automatic level control, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 126.3 in.

The automobile that seemingly coined the phrase “a car with its own zip code,” the Cadillac Eldorado defined American automotive luxury for 50 years. For a price seemingly as large as its footprint, the Eldorado offered everything that one could ever want in an automobile.

This particular 1976 Cadillac boasts a fascinating ownership history. Purchased new from Kerr Cadillac Pontiac Buick Ltd. in Oakville, Ontario, on February 20, 1976, the car was listed as a former demo for the dealership and had just 35 miles on its odometer. Outfitted in Cotillion White over White Sierra Grain Leather, the car was further equipped with a power trunk lock, door guards, cruise control, carpet mats front and rear, and a license plate frame. It was purchased by Mr. Keith C. Woodword under the name of his company, Fairview Fittings & Manufacturing, Ltd., for $15,358.22, a princely sum at the time.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Woodward purchased six other Eldorados at the time as investments, as the 1976 Eldorado was believed to be the last year for the Cadillac convertible. The Eldorado remained in his family’s ownership until very recently, when it was purchased by the current owner with just 138 miles on its odometer, allegedly being one of the few cars occasionally driven by Woodward. Since then, the car has been fully mechanically refurbished and has been driven another 122 miles to ensure it is perfectly sorted to be driven and enjoyed, should its next owner so desire.

Inside and out, this Eldorado convertible appears as if it just rolled off the showroom floor. Clearly having been very well maintained by Mr. Woodword throughout his ownership, it has been perfectly preserved for future generations. Hardly showing a single sign of wear, this would be the perfect car for the individual looking to own a nearly-new piece of 1970s Americana. It would look perfectly at home cruising any Main Street in small-town America and would definitely garner more attention parked outside the Casino de Monte-Carlo than any Italian exotic!

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