1976 Cadillac Eldorado ConvertibleS

Almost two months since the last Cadillac? That just seems wrong, given how many old Cads still roam the island. That's why today's DOTS machine will be a Malaise Eldorado, similar to the '78 Eldo we had a while back, only this one's a convertible instead of a T-top car.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado ConvertibleS


Back in '76, there was a lot of hoopla over the Eldorado convertible being the Last American Convertible ever. As it turned out, it was the last convertible for less than a decade, but back in the Malaise Era you had this palpable sense that everything good was being taken away.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado ConvertibleS


The 500-cubic-inch engine in this car was rated at 190 horsepower, which is on the depressing side... until you consider its grunt-tastic 360 ft-lbs-o-torque. This example is in such nice shape that I'm sure the owner doesn't care about the leisurely performance and single-digit gas mileage.

1976 Cadillac Eldorado ConvertibleS


I found this car in the East End, mere yards from the '56 Willys Station Wagon (which is visible in a couple of the photos). And that RX-7 in the background sure looks familiar! In fact, at least a dozen DOTS cars were found within a 2-block radius of this Eldo.

And now we're going to return to a Friday DOTS tradition I keep forgetting to maintain: the Favorite DOTS of the Week Poll! Just pick the car that you like best, for whatever reason, and we'll...uh... we'll contemplate the results!

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