picture postDouble Take: 1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Sedan

1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

This 1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan was parked on the boulevard a few blocks from the house. Can you believe its condition? Would you believe it’s for sale?


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

At least, it was for sale. I figured it wouldn’t be there long, considering it was a second-owner car with a mere 92,400 miles on it.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

This particular model is a Caprice Classic, the model’s upgraded trim from the entry-level Impala. The stand-up hood ornament is a give-away distinction.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

It did not appear to be a lavishly optioned Caprice Classic but its condition was remarkable. Yes, that is a “Club” on the steering wheel.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

It did have the vinyl roof option which had held up well for 35 years. The sign did mention the car had been garaged.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan wheel

All these years, I was completely unaware that these are wheel covers. In any event, they are rather attractive.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

This body style had been around since 1977 but had been updated for 1980 and was virtually unchanged for 1981.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan taillight

The triple element taillights were part of the 1980 refresh and was a long-time styling feature of Chevy’s. Strange how generic the squares look all these years later.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

It all came together so cohesively, probably because of the geometric shapes and consistent proportioning in the spacing and details.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

There were a few, relatively minor, problems with the car. The Caprice emblem lost some of its gold colored covering.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

The plastic paneling that bridged the body panel to the rear bumper was also cracked. There wasn’t too much else that looked like it would have needed attention.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

Though, it was riding sort of high in the rear. It may have stiffer rear suspension if it had been used for towing. Regardless, what a profile.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

One of my favorite premium features of the 1980s was the cornering lamp. I can’t attest to how practical their performance was but they looked so rich.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

Judging by the license plate, it had been owned by an elderly man. Hopefully his care will be appreciated by the new owner.


1981 Chevrolet Caprice Classic sedan

Whoever that new owner is, they got this V8-eqiupped time capsule for a mere $3,800.