Green Giant: 1976 Cadillac Coupe DeVille 40K Survivor – SOLD!

by | Jul 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

July 25, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this Cadillac “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

1976 turned out to be the final year for a few things at Cadillac. Most notably it was the year of the last American convertible in the form of the Eldorado. The massive 500 cubic inch (8.0 Liter) V8 was about to be replaced, and the full-size DeVille and Fleetwood lines were one year away from being downsized.  This 40,115 original mile Cadillac Coupe DeVille originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in Meredith, New Hampshire appears to be a survivor-quality example offered at $19,000 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Cadillac priced $1,100 less this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $20,100.  Conversely, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price is $4,500 dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $14,500.

In 1976, Cadillac stylists revised their fill-size lines’ grilles with a new and finer crosshatching pattern. Cornering lamps and taillamp Bezels all gained new chrome-like trim. Eight different color accent stripes were available. Vinyl tops were now integral padded Elk grain material. New trims included sporty plaids, plush velours, knits, and 11 distinctive genuine types of leather. Coupe de Villes had a new vinyl roof whose top molding served as a continuation of the door “belt” molding. A controlled (limited-slip) Differential was included for extra traction. An optional illuminated entry and theft deterrence system was optional. The new Delco Freedom battery never needed water added. New turbine-vaned and wire wheel covers were offered. A new option locked the doors when the transmission lever was shifted to “Drive”. Cadillac also offered Track Master, a computerized skid prevention system that automatically pumped the back brakes in an emergency to shorten the stopping distance. New options included a push-button Weather Band built into the AM/FM stereo signal-seeking radio, loose pillow style seats for d’Elegance packages, plus power passenger and manual driver seatback recliners for 50/50 front seats. Of the 15 standard and six optional Firemist body colors, 13 were new this year. New standard features included Soft-Ray tinted glass, spare tire cover, trunk mat, washer fluid level indicator, and steel-belted radial whitewall tires.

As stunning as the exterior, engine, and trunk of this survivor Cadillac is, we’re wondering why the seller omitted providing any pictures of what appears to be a green leather interior.  As long the interior turns out to be as nice as the exterior, this will be a great example of Cadillac’s last real land yachts.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Absolutely beautiful survivor Cadillac, just out of storage, original beautiful Dunbarton green paint over a green interior and original shiny chrome. Just 40,115 ORIGINAL miles, new Cocker tires, 500 ci V-8 paired with an automatic transmission, all the power goodies, even tilt steering.​

Show or go: what would you do with this Cadillac Coupe DeVille survivor?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Mike g

    Are those the “paper plates” I’ve been hearing about? lol


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