The grand 1976 El Dorado Parade Boot Convertible. The so-called last of an era. All 500 cubic inches on rather impressive American engineering and over-the-top styling. This land yacht sailed along like few others in American car history. It offered evidence of a description by the great Hunter S. Thompson – “It corners like a blimp.” This was alleged at the time to be the last of the convertibles, the last of the gas-guzzling tanks, the last piece of mongo mechanics. When GM announced this, there was a rush to buy this car that surely would be a collectible in the future. The last 200 were specially detailed and most put away by people of wealth to await the future frenzy over this beastly thing of beauty. Alas, due partly to that rush to buy, the big beast never really achieved appreciation in the collector world. Even as I write this there is on of the final 200 (Centennial Edition) with only about 10,000 miles, in great (almost perfect) shape, to be bought for about $12,000. I have one of these beauties taking up a large percentage of my real estate. Every now and then I think about selling it. I check the going prices. I get in an take a ride that is so nice that not even Hunter S. Thompson could do it justice. So I keep it as I watch others sell theirs for less than they probably could make by the pound for the metal. A great car, but never achieved status as a collectible…yet.