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1976 Cadillac Coupe De Ville


  • 8.2L Big-Block V8 powerplant 
  • Turbo hydramatic transmission
  • Full hydraulic suspension
  • Metal flake finished red paintwork

The Appeal

There aren’t many cars as legendary as the Coupe De Ville. Over decades, these big, brash motors represented the very best of American automotive culture - giant, gas-guzzling land-liners that were loaded with personality and detail. 

These cars also bred their own community during the late 70s - the lowrider culture. With some smart engineering and a penchant for elaborate paintwork, this was born out of the Southern states, where everything from art, to family to religion were exemplified - every car becoming a brash, even rather garish tribute to their owner’s lives and beliefs.

With their cars only inches from the pavement, riding atop a hydraulic suspension, they would embark on low, slow cruises alongside adoring crowds - a meeting of like-minded individuals not too different to the classic car meets of today. 

It’s little wonder that evoking lowrider culture has become a fiercely dedicated subsect of the American classic market. This Cadillac follows all of the same principles, resulting in a fabulous classic lowrider with a great big 8.2L V8 powerplant and a stock of impressive hydraulics. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Built as a standard Coupe De Ville in 1976
  • First registered in the UK in March 1998
  • Here, it appears to have been restored in 2008
  • Since then the car has been progressively customised
  • The car currently indicates 54,154 miles, but this sadly can’t be verified
  • MOT exempt, and last tested in 2016
  • The car was sold by Car & Classic in 2022
  • Since then, the current owner has kept it in a specialist facility in London
  • Here, it’s been kept dry and comfortable with an onsite mechanic tending to it regularly
  • Sadly there is no paperwork or history provided with the car

The Interior

  • Laden in rich red leather and woodgrain, this is quintessential 70s glamour!
  • Highly original throughout with no known modifications 
  • This is excepting, of course, the controller for the suspension
  • The seats are in strong order with creasing and some stretched stitching
  • However, there are no substantial rips or tears
  • We can spot a slight scuff to the far sides of each front seat
  • The rear seats are in very good order
  • The woodgrain and leather  dashboard is in excellent condition
  • All instruments appear to be original, including the radio
  • These are all in good condition with age-commensurate patina
  • Attractive wood-centre steering wheel with Cadillac branding
  • From what we’ve been informed, the interior options are working well
  • The hydraulic control switchbox is not fixed in place for easy control
  • Carpets and headlining look in good order with age-commensurate wear 
  • The boot is clean and solid - but is occupied by the hydraulic equipment, as you’d expect

The Exterior 

  • Highly impressive American aesthetics with sharp edges
  • Simply enormous - 19ft long and 6.5ft wide
  • Highly impressive two-tone red paintwork with flaked upper panels
  • Specially applied white accents and patterned detailing
  • The paint is in excellent order with only light wear
  • The chromework is bright and nicely presented with gentle patina
  • The glasswork and lenses are in great order with no chips or cracks
  • The car also features ‘Lowlife’ swirl detailing on the rear pillars and boot door
  • We note that a ‘Lowrider’ badge, originally stood over the grille, is now missing
  • The vendor has informed us however he does have this and it can be easily reattached
  • The car is sat on a set of off-white wire wheels, which are shod in ringed tyres
  • These look to have plenty of tread
  • Underneath, the car looks excellent with only minor pockets of wear
  • Metalwork and suspension components look solid with only surface corrosion

The Mechanics 

  • Powered by a simply enormous 8.2L V8 powerplant
  • 4-speed Turbo-Hydramatic transmission
  • Three electro-hydraulic pump suspension with 24-volt electrical controls
  • This enables the car to be lifted at the front, rear, or side-to-side, as well as being lowered
  • Engine bay in good order with age-commensurate wear
  • The engine and transmission were rebuilt less than 3000 miles ago
  • We’ve no reports of any leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke from the car
  • It’s reportedly starting first time and running impeccably
  • The suspension is in good working order and really accentuates this unique custom vehicle
  • The car has always been well-maintained with an onsite mechanic


Simply remarkable, and completely unique - this is a low-rider that acts as a perfect time-capsule to a lost era of custom motoring. From its impressive hydraulic equipment to that incredible 8.2L V8 powerplant, all the way up to that beautiful red paintwork, this is a true original that’s bound to turn heads. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1976
  • Make Cadillac
  • Model Coupe De Ville
  • Colour Multicolour
  • Odometer 54,154 Miles
  • Engine size 6966
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom

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