Sleeper Shamu: 1995 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1 Supercharged – Sold!
While the aerodynamic styling of Chevrolet’s fourth-generation Caprice earned it the nickname “Shamu” in certain circles (a reference to a famous Sea World Killer Whale), the police version 9C1 equipped with the LT1 engine became one of the fastest and most popular modern-day police vehicles. A real treat is finding this 67K original mile, supercharged, 1995 9C1 listed on Craigslist in Belvidere, New Jersey with an asking price of $7,800. The private seller claims this example has never seen commercial duty, so we predict this example will not last long. I
Following a thirteen-year production run of the rectilinear, downsized third-generation model, Chevrolet’s redesigned fourth-generation Caprice for 1991 featured more rounded styling. While the body and interior were all new, the chassis and powertrain were largely carried over from the 1990 model. Despite winning Motor Trend’s Car of The Year Award in 1991, many critics at the time mocked the styling for looking like a beached whale or an upside-down bathtub, however, 25 years on we feel the look has aged well.
For 1994 the Caprice received new engines, including an optional detuned version of the Corvette’s LT1 350 cubic inch (5.7 L) engine that put out 260 horsepower and 330-pound feet of torque. The optional towing package also gave a heavy-duty suspension nearly identical to the 9C1 police car suspension, 2.93 gears, heavy-duty cooling, heavy-duty rear drum brakes, and a limited-slip differential. The 1994 Caprice’s interior had a redesign that featured a Camaro steering wheel, digital speedometer, and a new console. The 1994-1996 Caprice 9C1 with the LT1 engine became one of the fastest and most popular modern-day police vehicles. This vehicle established such strong devotion by many police departments that many had the cars professionally refurbished to extend their life well beyond the end of production in 1996.
While finding a mid-nineties 9C1 isn’t hard to do, finding one that was not run to the ground in commercial use is a rare treat. Add to that the addition of the Paxton supercharger believed to be installed when new and you have the makings of a comfortable sleeper cruiser that will still open up the left lane for you on any highway you decide to drive on. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“67k original miles, paint is also all original. Was supposedly ordered brand new from the dealer with the Paxton SN93 supercharger system on it, and due to these systems being about as old as the car I believe this to be accurate as the install was done right and has the Paxta Map fueler and auxiliary oil cooler. The blower is a self contained unit which allows the engine to otherwise remain 100% stock.When I bought the car the original exhaust was otherwise fine but the mufflers were rattling inside due to age so i replaced it with a factory style Jegs 2.5” replacement cat back system. The car has a nice mellow tone but has an excellent sound when you step on it. The car also has the very rare T84 Export model headlights, which are glass and use an H4 bulb. These also have a cutoff beam unlike the plastic versions all US produced cars had. The car has recently been Ceramic coated and has had fluid film rust preventative undercoated applied to protect from corrosion and keep it rust free. You will be very hard pressed to ever find another 9C1 Caprice in this condition. Call/Text me for more info, serious inquires only. Car still has red/blue wig wags and siren, has won 1st place in its class at GM nationals in Carlisle PA twice. Anyone can buy a clean Impala SS but not everyone can find a clean Caprice 9C1 these days. I’m asking $7,800. Note this car has always been privately owned, never used in any form of police service. the build sheet is still under the passenger seat also.“
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