Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham
The 1976 model year was a pivotal period for General Motors. All divisions’ full-size cars were due for downsizing the following year. It was the end of an era in more ways than one. It was the last time for many years that GM would market a convertible; Cadillac observed the event by selling 200 identical commemorative Eldorado soft-tops. It was the final time the Sixty Special name would grace a Cadillac after a run of 39 years. All full-size cars in the GM lineup became shorter, smaller and lighter for 1977. Engines, too, would be smaller, with Cadillac’s biggest becoming a 425-cubic inch unit, down from 500 in the ’76s.
Three inches longer than the DeVille and Calais models, the 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham rode a 133-inch wheelbase. Standard equipment included a signal-seeking radio with power antenna, automatic level control, six-way power seat, power windows and door locks and carpeted footrests. All full-size Cadillacs had limited slip differential, automatic climate control, Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, power steering and brakes and Soft Ray tinted glass. Steel-belted radial tires were fitted at the factory.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
190 bhp, 500 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, three-speed Turbo 400 Hydra-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and power disc front, drum rear hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 133".
Source: RM Auctions
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