For three decades, the Caprice was Chevrolets high-end version of the big Impala. This one here is one of the very first. It was bought by an elderly lady in 1966.
In the early 1960’s, Chevrolets fullsize model came in three versions: Biscayne, Bel Air and Impala. The Biscayne was the cheap version, Impala was the Deluxe.
But by 1965, the big Chevy got so popular that it sold more than 1 million cars. Chevrolet saw a market for even more luxury in this car and started offering the Caprice-package. A year later, the Caprice had become the fourth model in the fullsize line-up.
The Chevrolet Caprice featured a heavier chassis, improved suspension, thicker upholstery and woodgrain on the dashboard. On the outside, the Caprice had a vinyltop with Fleur-de-lis emblem on the C-pillar and full wheelcovers. A 4.6-liter V8 engine was standard equipment.
This particular Caprice was bought new in April 1966 by an elderly lady. Yes, that sounds corny but it is the truth.
The lady passed away a few years later and with just 2,800 miles on the odometer, the car was transferred to her nephew. He did not really use it but kept it in storage and in 1993 sold it to the same Chevrolet-dealer where the car was bought initially.
After that, the Caprice was sold a few more times by one dealer to another, but again it was hardly ever used. That explains why it has driven no more than 8,900 miles.
The car is in practically original condition.
Yes, it has been resprayed in the original color Artesian Turquoise, but the beige vinyl top, the Fawn-coloured upholstery and even the front floormat are original. As are the engine, the gearbox, chassis and what not.
The car is simply as gorgeous as when it was delivered new in 1966. It even has the original Protect-O-Plate, a small metal plate that was in the owners manual and would be used by the dealer as a sort of ID-card for warranty work on the car.
This great early Chevrolet Caprice is part of the 9-day (!) auction at Kissimmee, Florida, that is organized by auction house Mecum in January 2018. There will be 3,000 on sale there, this pretty Chevy is planned to be on auction on Friday, January 12.