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 Convertible

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 Convertible

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 Convertible

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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