If you want a full-sized '70s luxury cruiser, this 1975 Chevrolet
Caprice Classic convertible delivers all the right ingredients.
First, it's a big old ragtop, and nothing says you've arrived like
a '70s convertible. Then there's the smooth 350 cubic inch V8, a
ton of power options, and a great red-on-white color combination.
Yeah, this sucker was built to cruise.
Red-on-white-on-white is a fantastic color combination for a big ragtop, and few wear it better than a mid-70s GM ragtop. It was originally code 11 Antique White, but you can understand why they chose to go a little bolder when the time came for a respray. Our photos don't show it off like the sunlight does, but you can clearly see that the bodywork is straight and clean, and as a product of the '70s, finding a rust-free example is paramount. Paint quality is good, and while it's a few years old, it was incredibly thorough, because you won't find a trace of white, even in the nooks and crannies. Sure, there are a few signs of use, but for a car of this vintage it's in very good overall condition. The only notable demerit is the missing urethane filler pieces behind the rear bumper, but those rarely survive four decades and fiberglass replacements are available. Nice chrome bumpers, sport mirrors, and full-width taillights add interest, and all the original badges are still in place so there's no mistaking this car for anything else.
Chevrolet nailed it with the interior, which features wide bench seats that are the ultimate in '70s cool. With room for six, this full-size cruiser doesn't skimp on luxury and delivers that unbeatable combination of cushy ride and vast interior space that makes it the ultimate road trip ride. Wood paneling on the dash is fairly convincing, and the layout gives the driver fingertip access to things like the cold factory A/C and original AM/FM radio, while a newer CD/Bluetooth/iPod head unit is mounted out of sight. Other options include power windows and locks and a tilt steering column, all of which make this car a top-of-the-line piece from GM's bread-and-butter division. Handsome black carpets and matching dash board add some welcome contrast, and the white seats are much cooler on a sunny day than a darker color. The white convertible top is in very good condition and includes a glass rear window and the big trunk is ready for your next road trip with a full-sized spare and jack assembly.
Chevy's 350 cubic inch V8 really needs no introduction. Renowned for its torque production, it gives the Caprice Classic an effortless style that eats up the miles without breaking a sweat and pulls the luxurious convertible around with a great V8 soundtrack. In good condition with bright Chevy Orange engine enamel and a lot of correct components, the engine bay offers additional evidence that this car has led a good life and has had a good amount of money invested in it recently. It's backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic, and on a car this big, power steering and brakes were, of course, standard equipment. The unparalleled ride quality is something that needs to be experienced to be believed, and it soaks up bumps like an ocean liner. It's quite clean underneath and the single exhaust system has a nice muted burble to it that works well for a luxury car like this. Wire hubcaps and steel wheels are fitted with 225/75/15 whitewalls, which look exactly right.
We'll never see full-sized luxury cars like this, and certainly not convertibles. With tons of personality and luxury, this Chevy is still a first-class way to travel. Call today!
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