The 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible was once judged "a dubious collectible at best." But it looks better now that opinions have settled with the dimming memories of 1976's "last convertible" farce.

The 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado convertible, part of the 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible line of collectible cars.
1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado convertible.
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The 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible is big and impressive, but Cadillac's second series of personal-luxury front drivers suffers against its 1967-70 forebearer for hulkier styling and no-progress mechanicals. Still, not appreciably heavier despite appearances, this series always outsold the first generation.

The convertible, the first open-air Eldo since '66, boasted an easy-as-pie power top that stowed beneath the traditional rigid cover. With the possible exception of the genuine, all-white "last-convertibles" (only 199 built, plus one that Cadillac kept) -- the ones bid to absurd levels when new -- a '76 has no real edge over a 1971-75 either in monetary or interest value.

Indeed, the '71 may ultimately be the most desired of these cars as first of the line and fewest in number. Collectors won't likely take any of these cars very seriously for some years yet, but interest is growing.

Pluses of
the 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:

  • Minor historical interest
  • As big and luxurious as they come
  • In reasonable supply yet

Minuses of the 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:

  • Very high running costs
  • Hardly a great Cadillac

Production of the 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
6,800

Production of the 1972 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
7,975

Production of the 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
9,315

Production of the 1974 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
7,600

Production of the 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
8,950

Production of the 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
14,000

Specifications of
the 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:
Length, inches: 220.0-224.1
Wheelbase, inches: 126.3
Weight, pounds: 4,730-5,167
Price, new: $7,751-$14,000 (U.S.)

Engines
for the 1971-1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Convertible:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
500 cid
190-235
1971-1976

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