Standard on station wagons and optional on other Caprice models was a 145 hp 108 kW 2-barrel 305 cu in version of the Chevy's small-block V8. Other bodystyles including the four-door pillared and hardtop sedans, convertible and Estate Wagon were carried over with only minor changes from 1973. Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. The 1972 Caprice received a revised grille that was lower in height than '71 but still in an eggcrate pattern flanked by a new bumper with increased protection one year ahead of the Federal mandate. Also new this year was a dual-master brake cylinder along with optional front disc brakes, with other new options including a stereo 8-track tape player, power door locks and a fiber optics monitoring system.
Power window controls for all model moved from the door panel to the armrest for improved ergonomics. The Caprice had the fastest quarter mile times of the three, and the best fuel economy. For 1987 the 9C1 Caprice remained with few changes. Inside, front seat headrests were now standard equipment due to a federal safety mandate and the ignition switch moved from the dashboard to the steering column and doubled as a lock for the steering wheel when the key was removed, a Federal mandate that took effect with the 1970 models but introduced a year earlier on all General Motors cars. The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim upholstery number code and the paint number code. The 305 cu in V8 was updated with throttle body electronic fuel-injection. A new smaller sleeker grille with prominent vertical chrome divider bars replaced the egg crate style used in 1985.
The Caprice won all six categories for 1990, having the quickest 0-100 times, the fastest road course times, the best brakes, highest top speed, the best fuel economy and the best interior ergonomics. Station wagons used the coil spring suspension in the rear, like the sedans and coupes. For 1988, the 9C1 Caprice was unchanged. For 1971, the 400 Turbo-Jet engine was rated at 300 gross horsepower with and without dual exhaust, while the more accurate net firgures show it rated at 206 hp 154 kW with single exhaust and 260 with dual exhaust. The climate controls were updated with rotary switches for the fan and rear window defroster replacing the toggle style switches. Fender and dashboard emblems rounded out the package. This engine came standard with a three-speed automatic but was available with the four-speed automatic overdrive transmission.
A larger brake booster was also added to help reduce braking effort. Auto 1972 Best Buys and Discount Prices. Differences between the models were mostly equipment and slight styling tweaks. The 3-seat model had a forward facing rear seat that was placed over the rear axle area allowing for two additional occupants making them 8-passenger wagons. The V8 rated at 115 hp 86 kW and was the standard engine for station wagons. We have an excellent selection of Caprice custom parts, like body kits, carbon hoods, custom seats, and rims, to name a few. For 1975, the Caprice Classic and Estate Wagon received revised grille and tailight trim along with six-window styling on four-door models with the third window on the four-door hardtop essentially an opera window.
Phased out in 1996, the Caprice has made a comeback, being reintroduced in the United States as a revamped and refined version of the old model by the Holden Company - a subsidiary of General Motors in Australia. To view table with complete performance data and technical specifications including final drive and gear ratios, powertrain description, dimensions, accelerations chart etc. A new option this year was a remote control for the passenger-side outside rearview mirror. Inside, the instrument panel was revised with a return to the horizontal sweep speedometer and a revised three-spoke steering wheel. Warner Gear transmissions stamped on square boss on left side below and rear of cover 4-Speed Passenger models exc. A 170 hp 127 kW 350 cu in V8 with four-barrel carburetion was now the top engine offering as the larger 400 and 454 V8s were discontinued.
The available engines were now the 4. Broughams featured woodgrain applique on its dash fascia, a dome map light, front door courtesy lights and 20-oz carpeting. The Plymouth and Dodge beat out the Chevrolet with shorter braking distances. The rear bumper also featured this design and now had the triple taillights now mounted in the bumper. The 250 six gained five horsepower, while the 305 V8 lost 15 horsepower 11 kW.
More than 660,000 full-size Chevrolets were produced in 1977, with the most popular model being the 4-door Caprice Classic sedan 212,840 produced. Engine options remained unchanged, and the 350 2-barrel remained standard in everywhere but California which had the 350 4-barrel as standard and the small block 400 4 barrell was still available. It would soon dominate fleet sales to police departments and taxi fleets. Violations of copyright will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law. To improve aerodynamics the hood was tapered lower, while the trunk area was higher.
The 305 cu in engine was unchanged and remained standard on station wagons. Station wagon models received a new three-way tailgate for 1977; the clamshell tailgate was gone. Front and rear styling were revised slightly. Overall the Chevrolet scored the highest in the competition, followed by the Ford, Dodge and Plymouth. The new models sported new front and rear fascias and completely redesigned interior. All engines were now equipped with Throttle-body fuel-injection, and the 305 cu in engine was now added to the option list. The horizontal sweep speedometer made adding an optional instrument cluster as was found on the Super Sport models a difficult proposition; this was solved by narrowing the speedometer within its opening and flanking it with engine-turned instruments in the place of warning lights.
Either way, I'm having a good time while the Keykeeper and I do our best to make auto repair and maintenance fun. The Standard Catalog of V-8 Engines 1906-2002. The full Terms and Conditions of using this website and database can be found. The 1970 Caprice got a minor facelift featuring a more conventional under the grille bumper replacing the wrap-around unit used in 1969 along with new triple vertical taillights in the rear bumper. The full Terms and Conditions of using this website and database can be found. Kingswood wagons came in 2-seat or 3-seat variants. The standard engine was enlarged to a 235 hp 175 kW 327 cubic-inch V8 with optional engine choices including a new 350 cubic-inch Turbo Fire V8 rated at 255 and 300 hp 220 kW , a 265 hp 198 kW 396 cubic-inch Turbo Jet V8, and 427 cubic-inch Turbo Jet V8s rated at 335 and 390 hp 291 kW.