: Bought Another One: 1976 Fleetwood (Pics)



brougham_geezer
08-25-07, 03:22 PM
Just added another Caddy (the 4th) to the fleet. My brother and I have been after this car for over a year now, and the seller was kind enough to lower his price to something we could afford. After saving all summer, there's now a green 1976 Fleetwood 'Sixty Special' Brougham sitting in the driveway. We havn't got a chance to clean it up yet, but it still looks sharp. The tires are quite old, but are nice Firestone wide whitewalls. The original spare has never seen the road. Interior is an unripped, dark green leather, and everything works. Dash/armrests/door panels are wonderful. Has auto dimming / setinel lights, working 8-track, power seats etc. The alternator belt squeals, the front fenders need some bodywork and one of the plastic fillers by the tailights has a little split in it. Also, the driver's side headlight bezel-area has a broken clip, so the lights shake and it's hanging down a little bit. The Caddy runs/drives/stops/shifts beautifully, and has been well preserved. My brother and I plan to restore it and show it next summer, without modifications. This ultra-big car has always been our absolute favourite style of Caddy. The '75-'76 have such a sharp look to them... we honestly can't believe we found one. We've only ever seen 2 others in real-life: the white/blue rusted out coupe de ville that I posted pictures of in that picture thread, and a nasty looking gold fleetwood, that had been poorly filled and painted.

This car makes my '89 Brougham look tiny. Overall, she's is fantastic, and very clean. It's from Alberta, and came out here in 2005. It's never seen a winter, and things are going to stay that way. We trailored it home because it hasn't been safetied inspected since it came here from Alberta, and because we havn't bought the insurance or antique plate yet.

Our mom was the one who originally spotted it. She came back from work one day and said 'there's some big green car for sale about 40 minutes from here... might be a Cadillac." Today, her foot is firmly in her mouth, although she admits the car is growing on her.

I'll keep you guys updated on the progress. :)

Pictures:

The seller, Barry!
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Loading her Up
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Goin' Home!
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Home!
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My_favorite_Brougham
08-25-07, 03:30 PM
Congratlations! She looks like a tank.
The four-door hardtop Caddies always look cool to me. Now you've got the power of the Cadillac 500!

How does she handle compared to the '89? Bigger and boatier, right? And the power must be phenominal, or is it nullified by her massive weight?
And that deep rumble like thunder when she turns over must be invigorating. I think that'll be my next.

Greg

Highway Star
08-25-07, 04:22 PM
Now that's cool, ehh*!


*(that's the only Canadian word I know).

77CDV
08-25-07, 04:24 PM
Fabulous car! Where do you people find the room for all these great Caddies? I'm getting seriously jealous!:)

brougham_geezer
08-25-07, 04:31 PM
My_Favorite_Brougham: Thank you! The car does have a lot of grunt, and can glide without much effort at 70 miles an hour. We have not got the chance to take it any higher than that, and I doubt we will anyway! But the 500 does have a very satisfying sound. It feels like a monster compared to the Brougham. I work at a funeral home, and I'm used to driving their '96 Superior Fleetwood Limo, so the Brougham always felt smaller to me anyway. The '96 limo might be longer, but this '76 feels much bigger. I love the feel of the steering and suspension. It's quite effortless. Looks like my brother will have no problem driving bigger cars from here on out.

Also, the Fleetwood is not a hardtop, it's a giant sedan. There is a center pillar, but it doesn't have any frames around the windows.

Other points of interest: the car has faux dual exhaust. It's a split pipe, but looks awesome and still sounds quiet. Also, I believe the color to be code 94, known as Galloway Green, Firemist. There's a small sticker on the driver's side inner fender, under the hood, which reads "General Motors of Canada," "Oshawa Ontario" and something else I can't make out. Could this be a Canadian built car?

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Here are some more pictures to give you a better idea of how she looks, uncleaned on the second day of ownership.

brougham_geezer
08-25-07, 04:37 PM
Found some markings on the tires, indicating that they can be dated back to at least the early 80s. These may be the original tires, or a second set? Were these cars originally eqipped with Firestones?


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brougham_geezer
08-25-07, 04:41 PM
As you can see in one of the pictures, included with the sale were 6 Eight-track tapes! We also picked up the converter which allows an 8-track player to play cassettes.

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urbanski
08-25-07, 04:45 PM
damn dude, those are all sweet!

77CDV
08-25-07, 05:05 PM
As far as I can recall, Cadillac used either Michelin or Goodyear tires in the Seventies. Also, I think all Cadillacs were built in the US up until the 1980s. That is one gorgeous car. I love it!

90Brougham350
08-25-07, 05:15 PM
That car is just plain cool! Keep those pics coming, I love looking at that thing. The leather seats look so deep and cushiony, how do they compare with the 89?

BRICKS
08-25-07, 05:17 PM
theres one of these around the corner for sell. similar green color. not as clean as this one tho. nice find.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-25-07, 06:23 PM
Wow, I'm envious. I will get one of those some day.

Old Fleetwood
08-25-07, 06:37 PM
Positively STUNNING vehicle.
Also, that egg-crate grille just shouts CADILLAC, and ONLY Cadillac, in my not-so-humble-opinion.
But I must ask, seeing that far smaller, tinny, tiny econobox in one or two of the photos:
Is that particular auto something you got a day or so ago just to feed the Cadillacs when they got hunger pangs?

Jonas McFeely
08-25-07, 07:20 PM
Effing beautiful! I am envious. And in such a great color combination. The '76 Brougham is the only 70's Cadillac i really like, and yours in green is just awesome. Congrats.

brougham_geezer
08-25-07, 07:25 PM
Thanks for the comments guys! The seats are some of most comfortable I've sat in. I still dream of Talisman seats, but this car is really just about the perfect car for us. And 90Brougham350, they beat the pants off the '89 seats. Those are velour, non-d'elegance and I find them comfortable compared to most seats, but they lack support, and the ridicuous plush feel of other luxo-seats I've sat in. Plus, I find they dirty and sunburn easily, and just generally don't age well. I'd rather have any sort of seat than velour!

The little greenish Cavalier in one of the pictures is my brother's girlfriend's car, and the silver Sunfire is my dad's car. My mom drives a red '01 Saturn L Seriees wagon. We're lucky enough to be able to drive that when gas funds are low, or when the weather is too foul for the old cars. My brother and I are really quite close, and our identical taste in cars has only made us closer. We're trying to locate a little fuel efficient beater or 2 that we can buy to use to ease the pressure on our parents rides.

bicentennialcadillac
08-25-07, 09:56 PM
That's awesome. Congratulations.

pompste
08-25-07, 10:57 PM
Awesome looking Fleetwood,dude.It`s good to know these Cadillac dinosaurs still exist and in great shape yet!
Your 1976 Fleetwood really "represents a time gone by" when a Cadillac REALLY LOOKED LIKE A CADILLAC SHOULD-----HUGE,MASSIVE & CLASSY ELEGANCE! Excess was the rule when this Fleetwood was made.
I wish i had the extra real estate to collect these Caddies as you are doing.
Congrats are in order here---great pictures too!

N0DIH
08-26-07, 12:52 AM
I can't believe you towed it with a 1/2t truck. The Cadillac should be towing the truck!! It would tow better!!!

NICE RIDE! I love the 76's....

z06bigbird
08-26-07, 11:58 PM
As you can see in one of the pictures, included with the sale were 6 Eight-track tapes! We also picked up the converter which allows an 8-track player to play cassettes.

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I can be adopted TO DRIVE ALL OF THOSE.

CaddymanTom
08-27-07, 02:58 PM
Nice Nice car! Looks in fine shape too. Very nice color. I am still on my quest for one but havent found the right one yet. If any one has any leads on a 76 please let me know

Thanks,

CaddymanTom
08-27-07, 03:00 PM
I can't believe you towed it with a 1/2t truck. The Cadillac should be towing the truck!! It would tow better!!!

NICE RIDE! I love the 76's....


I towed my 76 Castillian with my Navigator. It worked fine :thumbsup:

Wheelman322
08-27-07, 06:22 PM
Looks great....Good luck. I wish I picked up this 75 I looked at a few months ago. It had 54K and the owner only wanted 5K for it.
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BRICKS
08-27-07, 07:16 PM
caddyman pm sent.

472
08-28-07, 03:50 AM
I agree on the half ton tow rig comment :thepan:


What year is the Poncho in the background?

CaddymanTom, sending PM now...

N0DIH
08-28-07, 04:13 AM
Firestones, yes, possibly, but stock was probably HR78-15's. The P-Metric sizes didn't exist yet.... I think my 76 Delta 88 Royale had Firestones or Generals on it new.

Cadillacboy
08-28-07, 07:51 AM
Superb looking car !

Fleet
09-01-07, 10:04 PM
A very nice '76 Fleetwood! They do have a very smooth-running engine and drivetrain. And a smooth ride, of course.

This one reminds me of a friend's '76 Fleetwood Brougham d'Elegance. Here are some pics of it...
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ShokleyMobile1972
09-21-07, 01:33 AM
Congratulations. It looks great. I just bought an 1972 Fleetwood, but I agree, the 1976 looks better, in particular the headlights.

fleetwood76
09-21-07, 06:37 PM
Hello.

Great looking car, that seams to be in a very good shape.

I looked in my -76 sales brochyre and it says nothing of the tire brand they used,
but the correct size is LR78-15-B on all but limos and commercials that had LR78-15-D and the seville that had GR78-15-B tires.

Before I bought my -76 Fleetwood I used my fathers -87 brougham a lot and were used to that car.
Then when I first sat in and drove a -76 Fleetwood (not the one i bought but another one i was interested in, a talisman actually, but in bad shape) I was stunned by the obscene size of the stand up wreath and crest compared to the -87.
Now when i sometime drives my dads car I'm thinking- what a little hood ornament this car have.



jolle.