1989 Chevrolet Caprice
Who among us hard core car guys and gals cannot for the life of us
stop lifting off the accelerator when we see a Chevrolet Caprice
alongside the road sitting there not moving? It's inbred that this
is the car nearly every police force utilized for years and years.
One suspects radar or timing strips or any number of nefarious ways
to nab a speeder. For this writer who enjoys a quick commute even
to the grocery store, I need to be diligent at every turn so as not
to be nabbed by the "fuzz" watching ever so diligently from the
interior of their Police Caprice, GM's fleet car star.
For consignment, a "survivor" if you will in 1989 Chevrolet Caprice
getup. This is a 1 owner used car and enjoyed as necessary all the
time with the intention not to be that as a collector car, but
normal transportation. Nicely convenience optioned, this box design
from '89 gracing the halls of the Classic Auto Mall, and when I
speed by on the golf cart, I'm still tempted to step on the brake
to avoid that ticket, which I will get not for speeding, but the
golf carts have no way to "click it!"
With large straight steel side slab panels, 4 big doors and a long
trunk and hood, gaps are decently minded, and moldings are also
well aligned. All bathed in light blue, the neoprene bumper fillers
on front and rear remain intact, but the lower sections of the body
are showing signs of both surface and invasive rust. This rust has
also started making appearances on the undersides of all 4 doors.
Square and rectangle design abounds on the rectangular headlights,
grille, turn signals within the clean front bumper, and side marker
lighting. A wide stainless rocker molding runs the length of this
car and both wheel arch molding and lower beltline rub moldings add
some highlights. Body matching side view mirrors are attached to
the front doors on either side, and the long trunk lid as well as
the hood show nicely. On the back more rectangular designs within
straight panels for the taillights and another pristine bumper
below. Even the badge font is squared off. Wire wheel covers are on
all 4 corners...classy and sassy.
A swing of the doors and we see padded dark blue vinyl uppers and
some smooth dark blue vinyl broken up by the vinyl door pulls. A
hint of some chrome for the cranks and actuators sets off these
high end trimmed swingers. Inside, more crushed dark blue velour
broadcloth in big bucket form with tuck and rolling, and some
velour piping, and plenty of width. A nice padded armrest flops
down for extra comfort or can stay up and provide another middle
seat. In back is an equally comfortable rear bench, same padding
and design as the front, all clean and comfy. Heavily soiled blue
carpet and mats flood the floors and in front floating above is the
original dash showing the factory heat and AC slides and
AM/FM/Cassette stereo all within a nice applique band. The
headliner above is nice and tight and we note a working dome light
that is missing its lens.
Within the original but patinaed, dusty and surface rusted engine
bay, is perched a 5.0 Liter V8 that is correct for the car. This
mill has electronic fuel injection, and a 200R4 4 speed automatic
transmission on back. The rear 10 bolt axle has 2.73 gears. All
good under the hood.
Nice patina on all surfaces that mixes with an appropriate dosage
of surface rust. Overall a solid as a rock frame, floor pans and
even wheel wells provide the backbone for this skate. Front power
disc brakes are seen, as well as power drum brakes for the back.
Amazingly clean and green environment under here!
Normally I would not pay attention to driving one of these, but
this one called for me with its unmolested condition. I answered
and slipped in, fired it up and was duly impressed. Good
performance, decent handling, and a smooth ride. Bias free braking,
and it all worked together for a trouble free ride.
Never thought of as a "collector car" by the original owner. Just a
decently cared for example that presents honestly. It would not be
most people's first choice, but in the end not many of these
survive as most were fleet cars used until they dropped. Come in
and see it in person and you too will be impressed, and if you sit
it along the side of the road, I'll be sure to "lift" as I sweep
5-4 Door Sedan
R-Arlington, TX Assy Plant
154292-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.