The third generation of Chevy Caprice left automotive pundits breathless with enthusiasm when it arrived back in 1977, offering a downsized full-size car with the performance of the original, but better fuel economy. Now, we have the opportunity to buy a probably like-new 1978 Chevy Caprice Classic that has recently come on the market.
With a mysterious history that might have been spent sitting in a barn or garage, this 1978 Chevy Caprice has been posted for sale in Nashville, Tennessee. The odometer reading of 15,175 miles is believed to be original, along with the car’s pristine paint and chrome.
Beginning with the exterior, this 1978 Chevy Caprice is still decked out in the factory Carmine Red Metallic paint, which still has the original smoothly gleaming, polished sheen. The crisp white vinyl top is still in the same condition as when it rolled off the assembly line in the late 1970s, and the chrome bumpers are bright and clean.
The original wheels of the Chevy Caprice are wrapped in 2022 tires, one of very few modern replacements for original tires that were likely made brittle by the passage of four and a half decades.
The interior is roomy – described by the seller as having “huge space to spread out inside” – and still features the original Carmine Red interior to match the exterior color. The occupants may be able to keep cool with the factory air conditioning system, though it currently needs work. This Chevy Caprice even features its original CB radio and antenna.
Finally, the trunk is clean and offers decent cargo space. True to its character as a time capsule, this 1978 Chevy Caprice also comes with all of its original paperwork, including the dealer invoice and original window sticker.
Turning to the powertrain, this Chevy Caprice is equipped with the 5.0L V8 LG3 engine which was fitted with a new aluminum intake manifold for the 1978 model year, a change that took 35 pounds off the powerplant’s weight. The engine is rated at 145 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque. The Caprice has a rear-wheel drivetrain and transmits power via a three-speed automatic transmission.
So what do you think, dear reader? Is the approximately $23,000 asking price worth the mysterious background and seemingly nearly pristine factory paintwork, chrome, interior, and engine?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!