I feel like I’ve missed out by never owning a car that was painted flat black. I’ve owned cars with faded black paint, but that isn’t quite the same. I’m talking about rattle can flat black that only looks good in cloudy weather. I feel like I’ve missed out on dirty looks from my neighbors […]
Everyone knows about the legendary GM body-on-frame wagons equipped with a version of the Vette LT1 V8 known as the Buick Roadmaster/Chevy Caprice-Impala/Olds CustomCruiser built from 1994-1996…but did you know that GM made an LT1 powered wagon version available known as the 1A2 package? Of the 846 versions of these “special police package wagons” built in the few years of production, I doubt many survive. Survive this one has, and since this is a 94, that is a Camaro steering wheel and digital speedo in front of that heavy duty cop seat with locking center console. The only thing this car needs to to get its rear fender skirts welded back in the panels. Find this 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon 1A2 offered for $6,999 in West Allis, WI via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car is a painful reminder of the fragility of the human spirit. But more importantly, it is a steel/fiberglass memorial to the fact that we should never give up on our aspirations. It sits forlornly like a moss covered monument to all the dreams we had as a kid — I wanted to be Batman when I was 9, who didn’t?!!? But here it sits, like a giant full scale version of those little models we built as kids where the Testors glue would fog the glass and painting was a skill a kid didn’t have the patience, budget, or manual dexterity to match the photo on the box. Don’t give up Mr Wayne!! You’ve got this! You are so close, the box only contains those little injection molding rails and a few spare decals — this thing deserves a spot on your dresser, right next to that hockey trophy, it just needs another $15,000 and another 100 days of hard labor. Find this 1989 Batmobile Gotham Cruiser offered for $57,000 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Gotham…errr….Suisun City, CA via ebay.
The fourth generation Chevrolet Caprice (which was the final generation of the wagon version) was also sold as the Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, Buick Roadmaster, and Cadillac Fleetwood. There were various trim differences between the different stalls of the GM stable, but Cadillac did not get a wagon version. Somebody saw that as an insult to the brand that bares the name of the founder of Detroit (Antoine de la Mothe, sieur du Cadillac 1658-1730) and they fixed it with what can only be described as a pretty good example of a Fleetwagon (and way better than the Leepu & Pitbul Caprice of the Craprice from the other day). Find this 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon offered for $8700 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.
If you don’t remember the Leepu and Pitbull custom Caprice wagon from the other day, let me remind you with this link. And watch the video of what was the best show on the Velocity channel before it was canned and replaced with yet another American Chopper style over produced show with a bunch of actors pretending to customize cars. Argg. Anyway, the builder of this next car should have his own show and it can be called Horrorods and Candy. Find this 1992 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon offered for $13,000 in SF Valley, CA via craigslist. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
This next car is quite something else. It starts with a normal looking Chevrolet Caprice Classic (not an Impala…) and then continues to have another Caprice that was shortened to puffer fish proportions and turned into a trailer. With the available 8 seats (3+3+2) in the Caprice and then the final 5 in the trailer (3+2) you get a total seating for 13 in a vehicle that might not technically be legal to have people in the back, but I think the only reason a cop would pull you over would be to tell you how awesome it looked. Find this 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Plus Trailer offered for $12,500 in Hoquiam, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: I’m pretty sure I’ve seen one of these before, and your site is the most likely suspect. Hey, I take offense to that statement…because everything on this site is strictly perfectly restored concours approved classics. Just because the last few weeks has featured two Fiberfab Aztecs and a Jaguar V6 powered MX-5 doesn’t mean we aren’t purists at heart. Hah, who am I kidding — this plastic minitruck bodied Super Stepside Caprice has side pipes and a spot in DT’s garage any day of the week. At first glance I thought this was a one-off creation, but it is a kit built by Donald Fusilier in Lafayette Louisiana who also makes Cajun fiberglass truck fenders and crawfish tables. Find this 1986 Chevrolet Caprice El Caprimino offered for $18k in Olathe, KS via facemarket bookplace.
The Caprice name was first used by GM on a full sized top of the line Chevrolet in 1966. You could even get the Caprice with a big block pushing 425 horsepower out of some crazy 11:1 compression ratio solid lifter equipped beast…but those are collectible and expensive today…and still slower than the Caprice you can get from a city surplus auction for about $5k. The sixth generation Caprice was built in Australia through 2017 when the Holden plant was closed and another chapter in the automotive history books was closed. Find this 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV bidding for $5000 with a few hours to go, located in Orlando, FL.
You guys are familiar with the show Leepu and Pitbull, right? No, it’s not a Bollywood detective show, but a History channel reality car building show starring Bangladeshi tuk-tuk car designer Leepu Awila and (likely ex-Mafiosi) Steve “Pitbull” Trimboli. You’d think that I’m making this up…but I’m 100% not and this next car was the featured build on episode 8 of season 1. The show is a veritable dumpster fire of muttonchops and eagle beak front ends. AND I LOVE IT!! HOW WAS THIS CANCELED AFTER ONLY ONE SEASON?? History should have canned all of those stupid American Chopper wannabe shows and run Leepu & Pitbull marathon 24-7! Screw the Velocity Channel, I want the Leepu & Pitbull channel. Find this 1991 Chevrolet Caprice bidding for $3649 reserve-not-met with 2 days go, located in North Chemlsford, MA.
The forth generation Chevrolet Caprice was used by so many Police departments for many many decades that they still evoke a instinctive brake check from motorists…myself included. This next example might date from the bubble styling era but the addition of a huge supercharger under the hood will let it keep up with modern fast […]