Monday, June 30, 2014

5k: Best of the Worst: 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic


The third generation Chevrolet Caprice Classic was introduced in 1977 as a lighter and leaner version of the previous full sized Chevy sedan.  The reduction in weight was in response to fuel economy concerns but it brought with it a better vehicle the dynamic sense.  Unfortunately the Caprice is still a pretty horrible car to drive when compared to the cheap and depreciated German/Japanese sedans you can pickup from the mid 80s, but today's example is not the average Caprice.  Find this 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic currently bidding for $5,700 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.



This baby blue classic just screams grandpa car and the 33k miles on the odometer seem to be verified by the cream puff condition of the sedan....however...it is a 1984 Caprice Classic, so unless your idea of fun is getting a perm and working out to a Richard Simmons video, driving this thing will be a miserable experience.


Under the hood is a Chevy 305 V8, known as the unloved step child of the Chevy small block family and vehemently defended by a die-hard cadre of Miami residents -- 305 for life yo! In the Caprice, the carburetor fed 305 is rated at 155 horsepower.  This engine bay is oiled up like it is ready for professional wrestling match, but otherwise looks in good shape.


An entire smurf village died to cover the seats, doors and floor in this malaise era boat, but the faux wood on the dash has the wackiest swirl pattern.  Compared to most Caprice Classics that I've been in (and they are typically in Junkyards...) this one is very nice.


See another best of the worst example?  tips@dailyturismo.com

18 comments:

  1. What, no surprise ZL1 under the hood?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Attach some C4 to the undercarriage and put it and us out of our misery. Pronto

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would love to see someone do this, just so long as you were locked in the car, Scumbag.

      Delete
    2. Mr Hoffenmeier - With all due respect, sir, would you please go read the recently posted DT Manifesto, whilst I tap your provocateur on the nose with a rolled up New York Times.

      Defuts - With all due respect, sir or madam, would you please consider adopting a blander, less casually provocative pseudonym for use in this site. "Defuts", for example. This site is for fun. Whilst I am a proud American and will defend everyone's right to free expression, I think I speak for many here when I say I am growing weary of the occasional bilious distraction your moniker seems to spark. Your comments and contributions to the site are valued and appreciated. Help us out with this one aspect here. Thx.

      Delete
    3. AbortionShouldBeIllegalAndOnlyLutheransGoToHeavenAugust 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      kaibeezy, I couldn't agree more. Tired of these inflammatory screen names.

      Delete
    4. I, too am offended by your screen name. It should be DefeatFarRightWingNuts2014, not 2012.

      Delete
    5. Aaaaandrewwwww!!! Don't make me propose you shorten *your* name to the first bit and the last bit.

      Delete
  3. I bought the 2 door version of this car when it first came out in '77. After the dealer fixed some assembly defects in the first couple months, I found it to be a comfortable and rewarding highway cruiser.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Where are the 28" wheels with all that ground clearance?!

    ReplyDelete
  5. As the owner of an 80's Volvo with a red leather interior, and an 80's Volvo with a blue leather interior... I approve this message. 6spd + LSx swap req'd though to make it awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I had an '86 Caprice as my first car. Sure, I thought it sucked as the time as I was a 16-year-old with a boat, but in hindsight, it was actually a pretty decent car. It handled relatively well for what it was, rode nicely, and got decent mileage. Mine had the 4.3 liter V6 with throttle body injection.

    Needless to say, I always have my eye out for a nice 80s Caprice as a resto project one day...kind of my dirty little automotive secret.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I had a 77 in triple green. It was a great car and much more substantial feeling than the cheaped-out 80s versions. The metric transmission was junk, but the 305 was decent if you caught it in the right gear.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I just scrapped this cars 89 cousin. We kept the 305 because it was replaced 3500 km before they stopped driving it and the receipts from gm where in the glovebox. I kept the brougham badge from one of the back sail panels and I'm gonna stick it on my wife Pontiac g5.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I too had an 87 Brougham LS model as my first car in High School. Loved it for all the reasons you can love a car like this. Spacious comfortable bench seating front and rear made drive-in movies a make-out bonanza. A softly sprung ride and light steering made it easy to keep one finger on the wheel, and the other arm around your woman. Speaking of, the women liked the "executive" look of the baby limousine.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I currently own a 1979 Chevy Caprice 2 door Coupe. It has a 350 5.7 litre engine w/ 4 barrel carb. it is my daily driver. This car is amazing and the only car I ever want to own.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  12. One of the two best CARS I ever owned was a 1982 Chevy Caprice Sedan, the other a 1990 Buick Lesabre Estate wagon both were roomy, reliable, and fun to drive, a lot better than my parent's tiny 4 cylinder choices

    ReplyDelete
  13. People can say what they wamt about these vehicles, but the ones who dont appreciate them only because they have never owned one. These were a well-made, safe, reliable vehicle that drives and rides excellent, while still handling well. I have 6 of them.....love them all.

    ReplyDelete

Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.