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Pick of the Day: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice, downsized in both scale and price

A 4-figure offering to consider during the traditional IRS tax week


(Editor’s note: This being the traditional deadline week for filing federal income taxes — yes, we realize that deadline has been extended this year because of the pandemic — we’re focusing the Pick of the Day selections to vehicles being advertised for sale for four figures. The thought is that you might be getting enough of a refund to buy one of these cars, or after paying Uncle Sam, you might have enough left over to consider one of our suggestions.)

A whole lotta car for the money is an apt description for the Pick of the Day, a 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic that looks decent and is priced for less than $5,000.

In 1977, the Caprice was at the leading edge of General Motors’ downsizing of its biggest cars, prompted by fuel-mileage concerns and the rising popularity of small vehicles from Japan.  Large barges were going out of style, and GM wanted to be part of the new scheme of things.


This “downsized” Caprice still seems mighty big by today’s standards, and its conservative styling pegs it as more of a solid-citizen daily driver than a collector car.

Yet in 1977, Motor Trend magazine declared the shortened Caprice as Car of the Year, notes the Alsip, Illinois, dealer advertising the Caprice on ClassicCars.com.  The reasons, the magazine said, was the sedan’s “Understated Elegance” and because it was “The most car you can get for your dollar.”

Caprice, Pick of the Day: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice, downsized in both scale and price, ClassicCars.com Journal

I’d say offhand that this Caprice still fits those descriptions, looking good for a 43-year-old, although the seller includes no information about the car’s condition or history, or even whether it runs.  Presumably, it does.

The ad does provide a short list of equipment and features, including a 305cid V8 with automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, air conditioning, AM/FM cassette audio, rear-window defogger and whitewall tires with correct Caprice hubcaps.

Caprice, Pick of the Day: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice, downsized in both scale and price, ClassicCars.com Journal

The color is Light Buckskin, though no word whether paint is factory, with a buckskin interior. The mileage showing in a photo of the 5-digit odometer is 75,577, although no mention in the ad as to whether the mileage shown is accurate.

Hopefully, this car is as nice mechanically as its body and interior appears to be.  The Caprice has the look of a well-maintained and carefully preserved survivor, although one would need to see it up close to make that judgment.


If so, at the asking price of $4,900, it certainly would be something akin to “The most car you can get for your dollar.”

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. I was wondering if you have came across any 73 Chevy coup impala 400 motors in factory shape I would truly would be interested

  2. Maybe “the most PRACTICAL car you can get for your dollar.” I recently bought a 1994 Jaguar XJ12 in Florida for $5000.00, turned the key and drove it 1480 miles back to Wisconsin. So far so good, but I’m sure the first time it needs anything more complicated than an oil change, I’ll wish I had bought the Chevy.

  3. In a 2 door or a Cadillac— sweeet! As I read, I just kept wincing at the 4 doors. And… PWR WINDOWS– kinda important.

  4. Not a bad deal for the owner of this 1977 Caprice Classic. Seems to me that the owner is the one coming out on this sale. For a automobile with over 75,000 miles on it. Getting even four grand for it today is a terrific investment
    Paying the cost at new five grand, 43 years old, and not even knowing if it runs, and condition of transmission which is to be questioned. What would be the Blue Book Value?

  5. As a child of the 80’s these cars were literally everywhere as GM sold millions of them for many years. And with good reason too. It got to be a very good car!
    Police departments across America bought tons of these cars, and they were once one of the most feared cars on the road, when painted black and white!


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