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71 caprice gold nf f

I’m always amazed at how many old Chevys from the 1950s and 1960s are still around, yet you rarely see one from the 1970s. Then again, who wants to (for the most part)? Anyway, here’s a pretty nice 1971 Chevy Caprice, a car which the brochure called “Probably the most inexpensive expensive car ever built.” Two-door hardtops with this roofline, in Chevrolet parlance, are Custom Coupes, while those with a roofline like the brown Impala at the bottom of the page are Sport Coupes. My Grandpa had a gold ’71 Sport Coupe; he was a Chevy man through-and-through. This For Sale Caprice was spotted yesterday in Niagara Falls.

71 caprice gold nf r copy

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Jim Corbran • You Auto Know •

  • MaxPlanck

    That machine, along with others, sounded the death knell for GM’s “trade-up” brand line; why buy a Buick, Olds, Pontiac or even a Cadillac when the distinctions between each nameplate blurred and you could have the high-end finish and features for a the price of a Chevy.

  • M S

    There were plenty of those around back in the 1970s and well into the 80s. Especially if you include the matching bodystyle Pontiac Bonneville/Catalina, Oldsmobile Delta 88 and Buick LeSabre. I think the reason that you don’t see too many is that most of them were just driven into the ground. My dad had a 1975 Olds Delta 88. He gave it to my older brother, who later gave it to me. I then gave it to my brother-in-law who wanted it for a winter car. It had around 180K miles when I was done with it and my brother-in-law drove it for still another 2 years. The smaller GM cars never lasted as long.