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  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
The personal luxury coupe was all the rage among American car shoppers during the middle-to-late 1970s, and Ford created the Elite to compete with such machines as the Corinthian Leather-equipped Chrysler Cordoba and the Superfly-style Pontiac Grand Prix. It was a close cousin of the Mercury Cougar XR7 and was just the car for listening to Gary Wright on 8-track. I found this solid '76 Elite in a San Francisco Bay Area yard last week.


Detroit excelled at creating this type of affordable luxury during the era, and this car has everything from "coffin handle" door pulls to gold shag carpeting.



The only rust on the car is the oxidation horror-show that we all know lurks under the vinyl roof. Check out those double opera windows!



Under the long hood, the optional 400M V8 engine, grunting out 336 pound-feet of torque and a mere 180 horsepower. That's just two more horses than the base four-cylinder in the 2016 Camry.



The 1976 Elite listed for $4,879, which is just under 21 grand in inflation-adjusted 2016 dollars. That's a pretty good deal, compared to the $5,392 Cordoba.

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