1966 Chevrolet Caprice
The Caprice name was coined by Bob Lund (Chevrolet's General Sales
Manager) after a classy restaurant he frequented in New York City.
Some say the car was named after Caprice Chapman, daughter of auto
executive and influential Indy-car official James P. Chapman.
For consignment a 2-owner car through its lifetime appearing as a
1966 Chevrolet Caprice. This is a first generation, first year of
this generation car, it sports its original drivetrain (engine,
rear axle, and transmission) and is all looking in overall fair
condition. Just a bit of aging on the body and paint, with some
invasive rust to bring it back to perfection. It has its original
interior which is aged as well with seats that will need
recovering, and the numbers matching engine appears to have been
the beneficiary of an earlier rebuild, and possible cosmetic
Sandalwood Tan showing some dulling on the finish covers the panels
of this bowtie. Decidedly Chevrolet in its design, looking much
like the Impala of yore save for the lack of the triple taillights.
Invasive rust has taken over on the rockers and rear of the wheel
wells, as well as some bubbling on tops of the wheel well curves. A
black vinyl top which is a little faded covers the roof of the
passenger compartment and shows slight rust underneath on the seams
just under the corners of the rear window trimmings. Badging is
dimpled, bumpers look fine, and other trimmings are in good
condition. 15 inch torque thrust wheels are on all 4 corners.
Looking original in form and condition, we see horizontal tufted
tiled with button centered vinyl panels on the doors, bordered by a
wood applique, chrome trimming, and a gold carpet strip below on
the bottoms. A bit of dirt soiling is going on near the armrests.
Inside more smooth tan vinyl bolsters with piping bordering the
tuck and roll tufted buttoned stitched broadcloth inserts. The
driver's side has some tearing and padding is showing through on
these insert panels. All other seating looks good and is fairly
clean and free of faults. The original GM styled dash with a padded
top in gold, instruments hiding underneath the padded topper
overhang, and a metal strip which is just above another horizontal
band of wood applique which houses the various knobs and pulls as
well as the ignition. Worn gold carpeting is on the floors, and the
headliner is tight.
Looking like at one point restored or at the least repainted, the
orange/red Chevy block, clean and shiny air cleaner cover and red
painted valve covers. Inside is a numbers matching 396ci V8
(T1115IVH 1121043 (Tonawanda November 15th, 1966 396ci V8 325hp
4bbl TH400 Passenger Car) with a single 4-barrel carburetor under
that new air cleaner cover. An original 3-speed automatic (TH400
model) is on the back of the mill, and way back we see a 12-bolt
3.07 posi rear axle. A newer Flowmaster exhaust has been put on
With plenty of surface rust to be seen, there is one area of
concern that being on the passengers side rear frame which has been
suffering from invasive rusting and has holes within its structure.
Floorpans have patina but are structurally sound, and suspension is
also showing fairly heavy surface rusting. New front disc brakes
are now on with the original drum setup on the back, and new
springs and shocks have been installed within the last year.
It fired right up, and ran like a champ through the test track.
Interior was just a bit shabby, but all was working save for the
radio, and the mechanicals were solid. Surprisingly quick for a
A first year example in this 1966 Caprice, will need some TLC
overall but it's all there ready for the next owner to take it to
the next level. Go ahead, make its day!
47-2 Door Sport Coupe
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
121043-Sequential Unit Number
11E-5th Week November Build
ST 66 16647-1966 Caprice 2 Door Sport Coupe
BDY NOR42181-Norwood Body #
TR 857A-Light Fawn
PNT T2-Sandalwood Tan, Black Vinyl Top
T-Power Rear Antenna
R-Rear Seat Speaker
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
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