Reader Find: 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

1976-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham

Not all barn finds have to be exotic to be exciting. Take this 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham D’elegance for example. Chris H. found it in this barn just across the street from his home in Ohio. It is a relatively rare fuel-injected model with only 33k miles on the clock. It never saw an Ohio winter because the first owner had a place in Arizona, so it is very clean. Chris aired up the tires and dragged it home with plans to get it back on the road. He has removed about half a bale of hay from under the hood and is currently working on getting it running again. Thanks for sharing Chris and please keep us updated on your progress.

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  1. Corey

    I’m the kind of freak that loves these 70s land yachts. Much luck to this guy getting that fuelie system running right. I’ve known more than one person that had one burn up on them… And they don’t make replacement CPUs so that’s a nightmare as well.

    • mat

      the fires are caused by old cracked o-rings on the injectors.
      they had a rail injection system. just replace all the o-rings
      and you should be good.

  2. Trickie Dickie Member

    I am not really current on my 1976 Cadillac specs but if this is one of those 4-6-8 running engines, it might be a problem. GM never seemed to be able to get those running properly. When running well, this is a great highway cruiser, however with NONE of the driving characteristics of either a Porsche or Mercedes. I would still like to have a good Fleetwood! My first car ever in high school was a 1941 Cad Fleetwood Sixty Special. I was SO popular.

    • Jeff

      Trickie, i owned a 79′ Eldo (smaller body style) and it was the 350 TPI engine. The 4-6-8 without googling it I believe was in the early 80’s with the body style changes from land yacht size.

    • mat

      v8-6-4 was 1981 only.

      • Ralph

        1981 in regular cars, but most people forget it was on limousines through 1984.

  3. ron bajorek

    as an owner of a 1970 deville Convertible, I can tell you there is truley nothing quite like a Cadillac. 1976 is the last year of the really big cars before they started on the downszing trend. Some of these were rebodied as station wagons

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  4. Richard

    I think the V8-6-4 experiment was in the early ’80s, not 1976. If anything, that car has the last of the BIG Cadillac V8 engines, either a 472 or a 500. GM’s mass downsizing movement went on sale in 1977, if I remember my auto industry history correctly. 1976 was the last model year for seriously huge cars from GM.

    • Horse Radish

      My guess that the downsizing had to do with/ was a result of the first Oil crisis ? , I believe 1977 and speed limits set to 55 mph.Unless Gm for once had some vision before that happened ?

      • paul

        Yes the oil crises was about 71 or 2 & that started the move to smaller cars but at the same time they moved to 5 MPH crash bumpers & by 75 the use of catalytic converters so the actual move to smaller was delayed so the car co. could catch up so the move to smaller didn’t happen until 77.

  5. Corey

    1976 was the last year of the 500. From there it went to the 425. The 8-6-4 I believe first appeared in 1981 and disappeared as soon as people figured out how to disconnect the actuator. What a piece of garbage.

  6. FRED

    HAVING A ’64 COUPE DEVILLE AND A’75 ELDORADO I LOVE MY CADDYS. THEY ARE LAND YAHTS AN WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.I BOUGHT THE ’64 WHEN I WAS 19YRS OLD FROM THE BANK PRESIDENT FOR $300. BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT. I LOVE MY ’75 BUT IT NEEDED WORK .GOT IT FROM A POLICE AUCTION AFTER THEY SEIZED IT IN A DRUG RAID. ALL WHITE I USE THAT WHEN I GO TO THE GHETTO FOR SOUL FOOD. AS FAR AS THOSE 4-6-8 THINGS THEY WERE GOOD FOR NUTHIN.

  7. Grid Michal Member

    Loved my Caddys: a ’54 Coupe de Ville, a ’61 Fleetwood, a ’63 Fleetwood Brougham. Then I lost my mind and got involved with ’55-’57 Birds. I’d still have an IRA if I hadn’t done that…

  8. paul

    I had a 74 conv, 500cu in for a short time as an extra to my extra cars since I had a body shop at that time, all I can say is you better have a barge to carry the fuel you will need . The upside to these is you can fit an entire cheerleading team in the front seat, & pile the football team in the back.

  9. twwokc

    Work in a Cadillac store and have soft spot for these big heavies. Not that many around. Last year for the big ones. The 8-6-4 fiasco lasted one year, 1981. Only to have the diesels finish off Cadillacs reputaion for a while.

  10. stigshift

    I had a ’76 Fleetwood Brougham with the fuelie option. The only problem I had was an occasional stall, followed by an unwillingness to restart for a minute or so. That was scary a couple times. When it died, it gave NO warning. Otherwise ran and drove like a dream. No other car drives like an old Caddy or Lincoln. Like driving your living room, only bigger.

  11. Chris Herman

    I didn’t know this made it on here. I got it going after changing it to carburation. Put some better tires on it and did the brakes. Took it on a little road trip Sunday to look at a ’67 Impala and rolled over to 34,000 miles. Took my nephews to the Labor day weekend Auburn auction in it. I think they had a good time riding in it. It is hard to tell when their faces are buried in their cell phones texting, ugh!! Found it’s sister in a 2 door at Auburn. Getting ready to put it away for the winter. Love riding in it. Like floating down the road on your couch!!

  12. Keith

    It really infuriates me when a person attempts to sell a car with no photos or just one photo or a bunch of exterior photos and no interior photos. Ebay is famous for that. Where are the pics for this Caddy??? Ugh!

    • Chris Herman

      Where does it say this car is for sale?

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