5k: Long Roof Style: 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon

The fourth generation Chevrolet Caprice was sold from 1991 to 1996 as the last hurrah for the Caprice name launched in 1964 (until the Caprice name was brought back for fleet use in 2011).   The Caprice Wagon shares most of its parts with the Buick Roadmaster Wagon but it lacks the faux wood sides, which ain’t a bad thing at all.  Find this 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon offered for $4,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The Caprice Wagon is a really big vehicle and tipped the scales at an impressive 4400 lbs, back in the day when cars weren’t quite as hefty as they are today.  The result is a vehicle that feels like you are driving a tank and returns tank-like fuel economy.

Under the hood of this killer whale shaped wagon is a Chevy 350 cubic inch small block V8, designated LT1 and fuel injected to produce 260  horsepower and 330 ft-lbs of torque.  The LT1 was shoved in vehicles like the Corvette and Camaro Z28, so getting one in a large family sedan (even de-rated) was a big treat back in 1992. (update — the LT1 wasn’t available in the Caprice in 1992, so this is probably a standard 170 hp 305…)

The Caprice Wagon was only sold with an automatic transmission, which is shifted via a steering column located shifter.  The modern infatuation with console mounted automatic shifters is silly and frankly every automatic shifted car should have a column mounted shifter because its an auto – who cares where the shifter is located, it’s not like you are going to row through the gears unless it is a lightning rod shifter or slapstick.  

See a better full sized family sedan with room for seven adults and/or full sheets of plywood?  tips@dailyturismo.com