Junkyard Find: 1976 Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood Brougham

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1976 cadillac sixty special fleetwood brougham

Once the price of crude oil quadrupled in 1973, even your Cadillac-buying demographic felt some pain when contemplating the thirst of a Fleetwood. Still, the biggest Cadillac (not intended for chauffeur operation) projected the sort of majesty that rich (if elderly) car shoppers sought during the Middle Malaise Era. I spotted this battered example of the breed yesterday in Northern California.

While the quarter-panels, floors, and fenders are rust-free, the areas of the hood where rainwater (or maybe ocean spray, if the car lived within a couple of blocks of the Pacific) collected picked up some rot.

Fisher and Fleetwood, working together.

This car would have been perfect for Spec Land Yacht racing.

500 cubic inches, 190 horsepower. Let’s not dwell on that.

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  • Doctorv8 Doctorv8 on Dec 10, 2014

    raresleeper, I'm going to sell my black '76 Talisman that Jack wrote about. It's not low mile, but it is very nice. LMK if you're interested.

  • Dshnva Dshnva on Feb 02, 2022

    Good grief, HOW COULD YOU GET THIS SO WRONG?! This is the downsized 1977 Fleetwood, not a ‘76.

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/