This 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon is an amazing find. Instead of
decades of cross-country trips, this has averaged less than 550
miles annually. And you can really understand its exceptional
survivor style everywhere from the soft feel of the velour to the
smooth hum of the V8.
We bet you did think a car like this would have survived. This is a
different kind of rarity where the Caprice wagons of this era would
have been subjected to over 30 years of the family appliance. While
most of these are tired and used up by now, this one has survived
and thrived. So you get to appreciate the squared-off lines that
have matured into an elegant style. The Light Sapphire Blue paint
has a ton of originality, and a terrific hint of a metallic glow.
The full blue pinstripe runs down both sides and encircles the rear
to highlight just how good the body panels still look all these
decades later. The chrome bumpers are bright, the trim is complete,
and the factory hubcaps are all present. We just don't see cars
like this anymore.
The sea of blue continues inside, and so does the amazing level of
preservation. Low mileage means the velour on the driver's seat
looks almost brand new. A tilt wheel and a fold-down armrest make
sure this wagon knows how to get long haul comfortable. The
wood-like trim has a completeness that really makes it look
premium. In the center are controls for the Delco AM/FM radio and
cold-blowing air conditioning. The dash also has handy features
like a power passenger side mirror and a power window switch for
the rear glass. The back seat is done in a matching comfy velour,
the third row is a durable vinyl, and they both can all be folded
flat for utility. How did the back seat survive without sticky
finger stains or the family dog tearing up the cargo area? We don't
have those answers, but we do know most people will be amazed as we
are how this one looks. So it's perfect for loading up with
supplies and spending the day showing it off at the car show. And
don't forget, the tailgate is a two-position piece that opens to
the side to let people in or folds down for true tailgating.
Under the hood is the numbers-matching 307 cubic-inch V8. It's a
four-barrel carburetor car, and so you have a wonderfully stock
presentation of one of the most reliable and known power packages
around. We know there are some who are already dreaming of taking
this hardy small block and adding some easy performance upgrades to
create a terrific sleeper-style grocery-getter. But there's also
just something alluring about the honest package that we already
have. It's such a clean and correct look of a well-maintained
classic. It fires up readily, idles smoothly, and runs with a
steadfastness we all wish our daily drivers had. So this Caprice
remains a terrific family wagon. It even has the four-speed
automatic transmission with highway-ready overdrive for those long
road trips. Plus, power steering, power brakes, and front discs
make journeys near and far quite easy.
This time capsule even comes complete with the owner's manual and
dealer invoice that proves this has been a southern-owned wagon.
This is family-style nostalgia at its finest. So if you know what
Radwood is, you know you need to call today!
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