Era Ender: 1976 Cadillac Sedan Deville 50K Survivor – Sold?

by | Sep 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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October 16, 2023, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

Four-Door Hardtop Body Styling. 500 cubic inch V8.  A 130-inch wheelbase supporting a body 230 inches in length. 1976 marked the end of an era as it was the final production year for Cadillac’s biggest post-war car the company produced.  1977 ushered in the era of downsizing at General Motors and, with it, the loss of four-door hardtop styling as well as the eight-liter V8.

This all-light-blue 1976 Cadillac Sedan Deville for sale, first spotted for sale in September 2023 on Craigslist in Scarborough, Maine, is a pristine survivor-quality example with just under 50K original miles.  The seller notes their 1976 Cadillac Sedan DeVille for sale features the standard carbureted version of the 500 cubic inch V8.  While it produced only 195 horsepower, the massive eight-liter V8 still churned 360 foot-pounds of torque to get the 5,100 pound car moving.

Last offered for $10,950, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well below this guide’s six-month rolling results trend for similar fourth-generation DeVilles of all body styles produced between 1971 and 1976.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $7,450 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $12,550.

The 1976 Cadillac DeVille Four-Door Hardtop is an enduring symbol of American automotive opulence during the mid-20th century. This stately luxury sedan, part of Cadillac’s renowned DeVille series, encapsulates the essence of extravagance and innovation that defined the era. With its distinctive design, powerful engine, and luxury features, the ’76 DeVille left an indelible mark on the automotive industry.

The exterior of the 1976 Cadillac DeVille Four-Door Hardtop exudes timeless elegance. The four-door hardtop body style represents a zenith of automotive engineering, combining a sedan’s practicality with a coupe’s flair. Its sleek, elongated lines and smooth contours offer an arresting visual appeal. The front end features Cadillac’s signature vertical grille with a prominent hood ornament, while the rear showcases iconic vertical taillights that distinguish it from other luxury cars of the era. In a nod to its opulence, the DeVille bears impressive chrome accents that embellish the window frames, door handles, and bumpers.

Under the hood, the ’76 DeVille boasted a robust 500-cubic-inch V8 engine, delivering 190 horsepower and a substantial 360 lb-ft of torque. This formidable powerplant ensured effortless acceleration and smooth cruising on the open road. Coupled with a three-speed automatic transmission, the DeVille provided a refined driving experience that epitomized the Cadillac brand’s commitment to performance and luxury.

Step inside the 1976 Cadillac DeVille Four-Door Hardtop, and you are greeted by an interior that defines lavishness. The cabin is spacious, providing ample legroom and comfort for both front and rear passengers. Plush, button-tufted velour or leather upholstery envelops the seats, creating an inviting and regal ambiance. The dashboard is adorned with a wealth of wood grain accents and chrome detailing, highlighting Cadillac’s commitment to craftsmanship.

Luxury amenities abound in the DeVille. Features such as power windows, power seats, and a tilting and telescoping steering column catered to the driver’s convenience. Air conditioning came standard, ensuring a comfortable climate within the cabin. A modern AM/FM stereo with an optional 8-track tape player offered top-tier entertainment for the discerning driver. Furthermore, the trunk space was expansive, capable of accommodating luggage for extended road trips or elegant attire for a night on the town.

In the 1970s, safety became an increasingly important consideration in the automotive world, and Cadillac was at the forefront of innovation. The DeVille featured front and rear impact-absorbing bumpers designed to mitigate collision damage. Disc brakes at all four corners ensured reliable stopping power, and power-assisted steering made maneuvering this substantial luxury sedan a breeze.

The 1976 Cadillac DeVille Four-Door Hardtop was a testament to American luxury, representing the apex of the Cadillac brand during the 1970s. Its design, comfort, and performance reflected the era’s fascination with opulence and grandeur. This iconic automobile left an indelible mark on the automotive industry and continues to be celebrated by collectors and enthusiasts for its distinctive style and enduring appeal.

Today, the ’76 DeVille symbolizes a bygone era when American automakers excelled in crafting vehicles that combined power, elegance, and innovation. It remains a beloved classic, reminding us of a time when the journey was as important as the destination and when Cadillac reigned supreme as the standard of luxury on American roads.

The Competition Christain G YouTube Channel provides this video of what its like to drive a similar 1976 Cadillac DeVille:

This 49.8K all-blue 1976 Cadillac DeVille four-door hardtop for sale is a survivor-quality example that can serve dual duty as both a Concours reservation contender as well as a very comfortable vintage touring car.  When considering the purchase of this Cadillac, the biggest factor may be confirming whether the car will actually fit in your garage.

If you are serious about buying this Deville survivor, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Cadillac four-door hardtop for sale featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Gorgeous 1976 DeVille with only 49k miles. Excellent condition throughout and super smooth 500ci V-8 4bbl. Happy to do a FaceTime to go over car as well and bring to your mechanic or mine for pre-purchase inspection. Gets such great comments at local car shows it’s an absolute head-turner!

Show or go: What would you do with this 1976 Cadillac DeVille for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. 1976 Cadillac DeVille For Sale

    The years of excess comes to a close.

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  2. 1976 Cadillac DeVille For Sale

    I’m not a 4door guy usually but I love the huge open look when all windows are down on this massive hardtop! Fantastic point Re fitting in the garage at 230+ inches long!!!

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