1966 Chevrolet Caprice 396

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 front valance (as were the backup lights into the rear bumper).

side view of a 1966 Caprice
side view

This Ermine White Caprice looks classy with its black vinyl roof. It was a $100 option that was also available in beige.

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

Inside, the interior looks great and enjoys bucket seats and a center console – these were a $158 option when the car was purchased new.

bucket seat interior

Those walnut trim pieces you can see on the door panels, dashboard and horn ring 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.

396 Turbo-Jet V8 from 1966
396 Turbo-Jet

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 1966 Caprice is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for lots more photos)

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