Matching-Numbers 1966 Chevy Caprice Needs Help to Make Everyone Forget About the Impala

1966 Caprice looking for a new home and a second chance 7 photos
Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/Craigslist
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1965 was the year when Impala pushed Chevrolet's sales to new heights. Impala became the first car in the United States after World War II to sell more than 1 million units in a single year, and the Caprice was an important part of the achievement.
Initially available as an Impala version, Caprice rapidly received series status.

The General Motors brand used an approach that worked perfectly for the Impala in 1958. The carmaker launched the Impala as a Bel Air version, a strategy that helped the new model make itself noticed much easier. The early sales propelled the Impala to a standalone series in just a year, so it parted ways with the Bel Air in 1959.

Chevrolet believed the strategy would work in Caprice's case, too, so after selling it as an Impala version in 1965, the company decided to upgrade it to a standalone series in 1966.

Enter this 1966 Chevy Caprice that has likely been sitting for many years.

The car's owner explains on Craigslist that this Caprice needs a complete restoration, though they didn't share more information on its condition. Based entirely on the provided photos, the car flexes good metal, though it also shows signs of rust on the fenders.

This Caprice has likely been sleeping under a cover in the owner's barn or garage, but the conditions have certainly been great, considering the good metal shape. I'd still put the car on a lift and check out the floors and the trunk, though.

The owner says the vehicle doesn't drive, so you'll need a trailer to take it home. However, they don't answer the most important tidbit. Is the engine working? It's hard to say, but the matching-numbers powertrain is still under the hood. This Caprice rolled off the assembly lines with a 396 big-block producing 325 horsepower. The same unit is there, but it's unclear if it starts or, at least, if it turns over by hand.

The Caprice looks like a solid restoration candidate, but potential buyers should go check out everything in person before committing to a purchase, especially because we're not getting the complete details. It's impossible to tell if the car is completely original and if someone previously replaced some parts or repainted the body.

If this Caprice is original, complete, and unmolested, it becomes a rare survivor, definitely worth a full overhaul. All of these would justify the $9,000 selling price because otherwise, most people would rather pay that much for a solid Impala. A 1966 Impala is typically highly desirable, not just in tip-top shape but also as a project.

This Caprice is parked close to Alexandria, and the owner says some other offers might also be considered.
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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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