#38 of 200 built! “The Last Convertible”. Cotillion White w/White interior with Firethorn piping, dash and carpeting, 8.2L V8, 3-spd. automatic transmission.
While much of the U.S. was preparing for the nation’s bicentennial festivities to commence on July 4, 1976, other notable dates were taking place in the months before the big 200th birthday celebration. Wednesday, April 21, 1976 was a sunny spring day in Detroit. A Cotillion White 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado was proceeding down the assembly line at Cadillac’s Clark Avenue plant, as many convertibles had done in the years before. But this one was different. All along the way, plant workers were posing to have their picture taken with the car. And as it came off the final line shortly after 10:00 AM, Cadillac Motor Car Division General Manager Edward C. Kennard sat behind the wheel, with Manufacturing Manager Bud Brawner, Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, and several Cadillac assembly workers coming along for the ride.
What made this particular convertible special was its status as the last production American-made convertible built by a major U.S. auto manufacturer. It was the last of 200 identical “last” models built to commemorate the occasion. At the time, this was big news because the convertible model—no matter the make or model—was always the model that seemed to depict the American way of life better than any other. And its day had sadly come.
Stock #: 6010 | $59,900
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