1966 Chevrolet Caprice 396 V8

1966 was the first year for the Chevrolet Caprice as a model in its own right. Life started a year earlier as a $200 luxury option (Caprice Custom Sedan – RPO Z18) that was only available on the Impala 4-door hardtop.

Following its popularity the Caprice became its own series for 1966 with a 4-door hardtop, 2-door coupe (as we see here) and 2 station wagons that featured simulated woodgrain trim on the sides.

With the full-size Chevrolet cars experiencing a full restyle the previous year the cars experienced just a mild face-lift for 1966. The front fenders thrust forward more, the rear taillights moved away from the familiar round shape to large wraparound horizontal lenses.  The grille was revised and the parking lamps were moved into the bumper (as were the backup lights into the rear bumper).

Front view of a 66 Caprice
front view

This Ermine White Caprice has factory options such as; power steering and power brakes together with air conditioning.

rear view of a 1966 Chevy Caprice coupe
Rear view showing wraparound taillight assembly

Inside the interior is the original that it left the factory with – it certainly backs up that the odometer is still reading 34,000 miles that are believed to be original. Although this Caprice has new wheels the original wheels and hubcaps have been saved so it can be brought back to the stock look very easily.

interior shot - 66 Chevrolet Caprice
Amazing original interior

Those walnut trim pieces you can see on the door panels and dashboard are Caprice specific.

Under the hood this car is equipped with the mighty 396 cubic inch Tubo-Jet V8 engine with 325 horsepower. Paired with a Turbo Hydra-Matic (TH400) automatic transmission this would have been a $414 option when the car was ordered new.

Although 1966 was a poorer year for Chevrolet, not least because of the Ford Mustang sales – although they still managed to sell 2.2 million cars! The Caprice did manage to steal plenty of customers away from the Ford 500 LTD and Plymouth VIP.

Chevrolet made 181,000 Caprices for the 1966 model year with no breakdown available per individual model. If you wanted a 2-door Coupe back in 1966 they started at $3000.

This ’66 Caprice is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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