White Whale: 1994 Chevrolet Caprice 45K Mile Station Wagon – Sold!
While we come across a fair number of fourth-generation Chevrolet Caprice station wagons, this 45K original mile example listed on Craigslist in Brookville, Ohio is arguably the nicest to date. The current caretaker hopes to get $9,499 for their Caprice and a quick review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms that ask falls between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $13,600 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $5,200.
Chevrolet produced the fourth generation Caprice from 1991-1996. While MotorTrend gave its Car of the Year award to the Caprice at launch, many consumers did not like the rounded aerodynamic styling and often referred to it as a beached whale (“Shamoo” was a popular nickname at the time). Consequently, sales suffered in the early years. Giving a boost in 1994 to the Caprice Wagon was a standard detuned version of the Corvette’s LT1 350 cubic inch V8 putting out 260 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. These engines respond to all of the modifications readily available in the aftermarket, so these wagons now enjoy a cult following as sleepers.
They simply don’t make full-size, nine-passenger wagons anymore and while once considered uncool, they are becoming a hot commodity, especially LT1-powered versions such as this Caprice. Here’s a MotorWeek review of the then-new Caprice and while the version tested did not have the much more desirable Corvette motor, it does provide a nice overview of what to expect when buying this classic wagon:
Between the clean, non-wood-grain white exterior over red velour interior and a detuned LT1 underneath the hood, there’s very little to find fault with this Caprice other than the delaminated plastic chrome trim strips the seller details in their description and pictures. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Up for sale is my 1994 Chevrolet Caprice with only 44,000 original miles. You will not find a nicer Caprice for sale! This gorgeous wagon is loaded with every option, including power windows, power locks, power seats, power mirrors, third-row seating, power antennae, ice-cold A/C, digital speedometer, AM/FM radio with cassette, dual airbags, 5.7L LT V8, rear folding seat, two-way rear gate/hatch, and luggage racks. It lived its life in Collier County Florida and has absolutely no rust. I attached pictures of the peeling trim on the driver’s side rear door and drivers side rear panel. It has 4 brand new Hankook whitewall tires that have less than 100 miles on them, a new starter, all new brakes on the front and rear, new wipers, and it just got an oil change and passed a multi-point inspection with flying colors. Seriously, snatch up this super rare, gorgeous station wagon. Contact with any questions.“
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