Chevy Caprice Classic is a car from 1977, and it’s quite a looker too. This 77 Caprice Classic is on the first gen W-Body. The type of car that if it was the family vehicle during your childhood, You had no realistic expectation of having it handed to you as a teenager.
The 1977 Chevy Caprice Classic is expensive engineering encased in a body that isn’t nearly as gaudy. That’s because you’re not meant to have it for very long. It’s the automotive equivalent of the common cold. The 77 Chevy Caprice Classic is the first 4-door sedan to be built off the W-Body platform. The idea was to offer a reasonable mid-sized sedan that could exist as a middle-ground between a family car and a more robust daily driver.
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1977 Chevvy Caprice Classic Price & Value
Chevrolet managed to get Disney and Disney MGM Studios to classify the 77 Chevy Caprice as it was official company car in 1977. There were brochures and everything about it. Anyway. For the price of around $13,000 (which is roughly $24,000 in 2017) General Motors had every expectation that this car would sell.
77 Chevy Caprice Specs & Review
It’s powered by a 3.1 Liter V6 which makes 135 HP and 180 LB/FT of Torque It’s got a column mounted shifter, coil-over front suspension and a oh we got to talk about the “micro brain explosion” the rear. Yeah we’re just going to come back to the rear on this. Quick thing about the engine, the difference is the Caprice has a 3.1 liter V6.
Do you remember the Buick Century from a few weeks ago? That had a 3.3 Liter V6. But the 77 Chevy Caprice has a 4-Speed automatic where 4th is overdrive. While the Buick has a 3-speed automatic with no overdrive. So, even though the 77 Caprice has less displacement, it can stay in the powerband longer. And with a slightly smaller engine, it can rev faster. So this car is quicker than a Buick Century.
The rear suspension was an independent rear suspension. Yeah, it’s kind of good for 1977 although the Civics had these it was fine. But it still uses a leaf spring. And by that, I mean a Leaf, Spring, Singular. They built an independent rear-wheel suspension using one, solid, single, fiberglass sheet going across the car.
The only other car known for having this is the Corvette, and you can bet that they oh they paraded this in front of the market. It has Corvette inspired suspension. Yeah it’s the same principle that the Corvette used. Of course it’s not the same part numbers.
Even though it’s the same design Does it drive like a Corvette? No!
I mean if you didn’t tell me that this thing had independent suspension in the back with the with the weird transverse mounted singular modular fiberglass leaf spring, I wouldn’t have known. Does it handle sporty? Not really. You’re too busy hanging onto that thin steering wheel because it’s a bent seat in the front and if you take a corner too fast you slide away from the steering wheel.
The W-Body platform was a 7 Billion dollar investment in General Motors. Initiated by Roger Smith, the guy so notoriously bad at business he’d probably try to sell snow in late January to residents of Lower Heidelberg Township. This car platform was expected to be a big money maker but General Motors lost $2000 on every unit. So the platform was revised in subsequent years as the W-2 car because why not?
The platform that basically screams My taxes are in the mail. The blueprints for the 77 are from the early 1970’s so the car made sense for the era in which it was originally planned. However, by the time it came out, it had a 7 year old design and you have to compare that with Ford. And when you’re competing against Ford you have to come correct. Because the Ford Taurus was a bull. (Heh bad joke) It stampeded everything. The Taurus was the American game changer car and the 1977 Chevy Caprice Classic always played catch-up to that. And even if the Taurus hadn’t existed there was still the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to deal with.
The market was rough for General Motors, and the car didn’t really help. It’s like trying to compete with Minute Maid Orange Juice by selling Dick Flavored Capri-Sun. Not all the quirks about this car were endearing. Cracks developed on the clear coat pretty regularly which is basically the sign of cheap paint.
The battery, is encased beneath a structural support brace that you have to remove just to change your battery. These cars weren’t designed for ease of service. Between the complicated engine layout and the trim pieces which just sort of come off in your hand due to shotty adhesive. The trunk latch catch is right in the middle of where you try to slide suitcases. So your luggage is going to get caught on that thing and rip it up. And what was the #1 rental car for airports in the 80’s?
The 1977 Chevy Caprice also had these huge seams. General Motors made no attempt to hide them. It gave the appearance of a toy assembled by clicking different parts into place. You know, like one of those snap-tight model planes because your kid is too spastic to deal with rubber cement. Ah, here’s a, here’s, here’s a model, yeah it just snaps together. No, no, no, you, you don’t need, yeah just snap it together. The W-Body was the platform for cars that took you to the mall to try on clothes with mom. You have to find an outfit for Aunt Margret’s thing and it’s 3 months away. But oh we have to do it now and the first size never fits. The universe just can’t do you a solid. You have to try on the same wool blazer and itchy trousers for 7 God loving times before you can go to Electronics Boutique to try to salvage what’s left of your Sunday afternoon.
But looking back where those Sundays all that bad? It’s strange, because you can never really appreciate those moments, in the moment. To be a kid with your parents. To put on a stuffy outfit at Boscov’s because it’ll put a genuine smile on her face and those don’t come often enough. The 77′ Chevy Caprice may not let you physically travel back in time, but the look and feel even the smell of this car can help you remember a hundred different Saturday afternoons from your youth. Each with it’s own merit. The 1977 Chevy Caprice is an automotive save point. It will take you back to that memory file in your mind where all the Saturdays go.