Impala Who? Mesmerizing 1966 Chevy Caprice Is a Numbers-Matching Surprise

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Photo: eBay seller ballingfly_guy06
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The Impala was the model getting all the love in the mid-'60s, not only from Chevrolet but also from customers. The car was selling like hotcakes, and every model in the lineup, including the six-cylinder, had a solid customer base.
The Caprice was born in 1965, the year when Impala sales surpassed 1 million units, to fuel Chevy's full-size strategy, but it didn't take long before it embraced its own path.

The Caprice gained series status a year later, with sales reaching 181,000 units without counting station wagons. The engine lineup was similar to the Impala, minus the six-cylinder options, so the base choice was the 283. The Caprice could also be had with the popular 327ci small block but also with the more potent 396.

The icing on the Caprice cake was the 427, rated in 1966 at 390 horsepower.

The 1966 Caprice in these photos is a fantastic example that has properly been cared for during its entire life. eBay seller ballingfly_guy06 says the car spent its entire life under their ownership in a garage, and you can tell this is true. The Caprice looks great, though the owner claims it "could use another paint job."

However, the Caprice no longer wears the original paint sprayed by Chevrolet before it rolled off the assembly lines. A previous owner resprayed the body, and you can tell it was a professional job, as the car looks great from every angle. You'll see some imperfections when you inspect it in person, but the car is far from what you typically find in the project market today.

The cabin looks at least as great as the exterior, with all lights working properly. The bucket seats, the console, the floor shift, and everything else are in good shape. The undercarriage is also solid, and the owner claims that the floors are solid, so you won't find any holes if you put the car on a lift.

Now, let's talk engines.

The vehicle comes with a numbers-matching 396, but it's unclear if this is the original block and if it has ever been rebuilt. It runs and drives properly, but this missing tidbit could make some people walk away, though I think interested buyers should contact the seller to discuss all the details. The Caprice is a fantastic car whose popularity faded because of the Impala superstar, and I'm certain this example won't remain available for long.

The owner believes $19,900 is a fair price for their Caprice, but they also enabled the Make Offer button, leaving the door open to negotiations if someone wants the car. Meanwhile, the vehicle sleeps in Missouri City, Texas, and you should be able to drive it home anywhere, considering its impressive condition.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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