1976 Ford Elite

The 'Elite' name was first used by Ford for the 1975 model year when it was part of the Gran Torino lineup. For 1976 it became its own model with a hardtop coupe body style and powered by a 351 cubic-inch V8 engine that was shared with the LTD and Torino. Optional 400 CID and 460 CID V8's were available with 180 and 202 horsepower respectively. The standard transmission was a three-speed SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic, and power steering and brakes were also standard. The pillarless two-door hardtop body rested on a 114-inch wheelbase and featured a protruding grille with 16 holes in a crosshatch pattern. There were single round headlamps in square housings with bright bezels, with vertical parking/signal lamps in front fender tip extensions. The bodyside molding that traversed the length of the car was the same color as the vinyl roof. In the back were wraparound tail lamps with bright bezels and integral side marker lights. There were two small side-by-side opera windows and a small quarter window.

Six exterior colors were new for 1976, and a standard gold vinyl roof replaced the former brown color. Both full vinyl and half-vinyl roofs were available.

Standard equipment included front bumper guards, heater/defroster, clock, full wheel covers, DirectAire ventilation, and bright window moldings. New options included a space-saver spare tire, AM/FM stereo search radio, automatic parking brake release, engine immersion heater, electric decklid release, and turbine-spoke cast-aluminum wheels.

Pricing for the 1976 Ford Elite began at $4,880.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2020

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The Ford Elite was produced from 1974 through 1976. It was a two-door coupe based on the Ford Torino and powered by an eight-cylinder engine in various sizes. Power was sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed automatic gearbox. Disc brakes were in the front and drums in the rear. Power steering, cloth bench seat, and a 351 cubic-inch V8 engine was standard. A 402 and 460 cubic-inch V8 engine....
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In 1968 Ford introduced the mid-sized vehicle, the Torino, which stayed in production until 1976. The Torino replaced the Fairlane, although the name persisted on the base level models but given different trim than the Torino versions. The Torino was available as a two-door fastback or convertible, four-door sedan or station wagon, hardtop, and as a pickup, similar to the El Camino. The Torino....
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Introduced in 1974, the Ford Elite was produced for the North American market until 1976. Based on Fords Torino, the Elite was a two-door coupe that was a much more affordable personal luxury vehicle in comparison to the Thunderbird. It was intended to compete with the Chrysler Cordoba and the Chevy Monte Carlo. Basically, the Elite was a concurrent Mercury Cougar XR-7 with just a minor front end....
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1976 Elite
$4,880-$52,000

$2,895 - $3,670
$3,120 - $3,190
$3,525 - $4,200
$3,700 - $4,355
$4,175 - $5,080

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)950,301
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)1,162,275
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)1,835,937
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,923,655
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,840,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,861,537
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,569,608
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)2,179,791
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)2,349,815
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)2,246,563
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)2,054,351

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