At $8,500, Is This 1985 Chevy Caprice A Classic Deal?

Good Price or No Dice 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

While this is a significant reduction from the previous edition, today’s edition Good price or no dice Caprice still represents what today would be considered quite a big car. Let’s see if it comes with a pretty hefty price tag too.

The 1997 Alfa Romeo 155 we watched last Friday had a vigorous racing heritage in the DTM. Unfortunately, as a rare model never officially imported here, it was an attribute that was probably lost on many. The $7,350 price tag was also a lost cause for most of you, at least based on the 80% No Dice loss the little Alfa suffered.

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According to Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention, approximately 9,300 people die every day from various causes here in the United States. For 2020, this totaled 3,383,729 souls vanished into the ether. I sincerely hope none of you were among that number.

The thing is, when people die, they usually leave all their stuff behind. Someone, often a property-selling company, has to take care of all those dispossessed property. It’s no surprise that among all the glass bowls and carnival furniture that’s been out of fashion for two generations, there’s also a car or two.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

This seems to be the case with this 1985 Classic Chevrolet Caprice whose ad claims to be from a real estate sale. Unlike many cars owned by seniors who used them sparingly for occasional trips to Applebees for early bird dinner, this Chevy seems to have had a full life. According to the image of the instrument cluster in the ad, the car shows 48,584 miles on the odometer. That’s a little misleading, though, since the odo only carries five barrels plus tenths, so it’s really 148,584, as the seller claims in the ad.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The car was also repainted at some point in its life. It looks like a pretty decent shoot with little obvious overspray and a nice stripe to embellish the sides. Above it all is a beautifully blue vinyl roof. And if that’s not fancy enough, the wheels sport both whitewall tires and full faux wire covers. Additional stainless steel shades also top each door.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

The interior is quite nice too. It has mouse fur upholstery padded with gray buttons and looks completely original. The carpet shows some discoloration at the pull above the rocker, but otherwise appears to have been protected by the rubber mats and a lifetime spent in the garage.

An interesting feature of this generation of GM cars is the crotch cooler vents on the underside of the dash. Why doesn’t GM offer this anymore?

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

According to the ad, this Caprice receives its running orders from a corporate 305 CID V8 and is mated to a three-speed TH200-4R automatic transmission. In this model year, the 305 developed 165 horsepower. Chevy would increase that by five ponies for the ’87 models. As equipped, this Caprice won’t win any races, but it should be fine around town or on the highway as long as passing isn’t required.

The seller states that the car is in excellent condition and the engine compartment looks like nothing crazy. The landing gear plans show some moisture on the housing, but also what appears to be a relatively new fuel pump, so it may be a mechanically mixed bag.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

In fact, the whole car seems like a bit of an enigma. It is apparently in very good condition, but not in “museum condition” like some recent cars we have seen. It’s also an old car that’s not original enough to be something a hipster might ironically drive (which is probably a good thing), but not new enough to have the most safety and convenience features. modern.

On the plus side, the look is traditional Chevrolet, with its simple egg-crate grille up front and traditional six-taillight treatment in back. For a Chevy fan, that might be enough to sway the sale. Of course, that’s only if it’s not stupidly expensive.

Photo: Craigslist

Photo: Craigslist

To determine that, we’ll now have to take a look at the Chevy’s $8,500 price tag. It gives you a clean title and that gorgeous blue vinyl roof that will make everyone at Applebee green with envy.

What do you think, at $8,500, is this estate-sourced Caprice worth selling? Or is it just too much to spend on a deceased person’s trash?

You decide!

Harrisonburg, Virginia, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Mike P. for the hookup!

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