1991 Chevrolet Caprice wagon pre-production

▲Ruzzin: This could be the scale model in the wind tunnel. The smoke at the front was started too high. But you can see that by the time it gets to the windshield, it is nicely attached with a little bump past the top of the windshield and then attached very well to the end of the car. Very good.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice wagon pre-production

▲Ruzzin: The full-size station wagon model that was also done in Chevrolet #2 Studio. We had to roll the plan view of the rear glass in toward the center of the car for aero. The car had so much space that utility was not much of a problem. The difficulty here was that we had to design the entire rear to work with the fourteen-year old rear hinge geometry, as they were included in the platform architecture.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice wagon pre-production1991 Chevrolet Caprice wagon pre-production

▲Ruzzin: The new and old wagons. Not much to say here again, don’t forget this was over 25 years ago.

There were several tail lamp design possibilities considered; the final one, not shown here, was the best.

Even though interiors wasn’t his forte, I also sent Ruzzin a few pre-production shots of work on the cabin.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice interior pre-production

▲Ruzzin: A simple wrap around instrumental panel shown here, very much in character with the exterior design. Blaine Jenkins was the Chief Designer in the Chevrolet Interior Design Studio.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice interior pre-production

▲Ruzzin: These are working sketches made to develop the theme of the instrument panel and doors. Soft shapes that follow the exterior design. Many of these would be made before the final direction was chosen to be modeled in clay.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice interior pre-production

▲Ruzzin: Here is the panel in clay. It is getting finalized with all the required ergonomics and other details. Storage was a big priority; there was a lot of space in the car.

The interior studio designers would often have us in to look at what they were doing and to give them our thoughts. We had a good relationship with them and tried to finalize exterior design information that was critical to them early so that they could make the most of their design time. Things like the mirror patch and final door belt line were very important to their work.

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