Swan Song: 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Convertible – $23,500

Nov 2020 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

Expecting new federal roll-over crash standards were imminent, 1975 would be the last year for Chevrolet to offer full-size convertible ever again.  When those standards never materialized, rag top versions of the Corvette, Camaro, and Cavalier thankfully brought back American drop-tops to market, however, they didn’t bring back the cache of a full-size, body-on-frame, land yacht such as this triple white 1975 driver-quality Chevrolet Caprice Classic convertible just listed here on Craigslist in Fairfax, Virginia with an asking price of $23,500.  Researching the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their Caprice priced nearly $2,000 higher than the between this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $21,650.  Similarly, the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second data point confirms this private seller has their Chevy priced between the #1 “Concours appraisal of $27,600 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $21,400. If you are serious about buying this final-year Caprice convertible, you can start the conversation by calling the private seller at (703) 675-0244.  When you connect, please remember to mention you first saw his Caprice here on GuysWithRides.com.

For 1971 the top-of-the-line Caprice was completely redesigned on a longer 121.5-inch (3,090 mm) wheelbase and featured bold, Chrysler-like fuselage styling. The “Full-Perimeter” frame and all-coil suspension were refined for improvements in ride and noise reduction. The Caprice was Chevrolet’s version of GM’s last full-size B-Body convertibles (Buick Centurion, Oldsmobile Delta 88, and Pontiac Granville) launched for the 1971 model year featuring a new “scissor-style” folding top.  Unlike traditional front top arms that fold on top of the middle section, this new design folded inward as it retracted.  This eliminated the need for space behind the rear windows for the top arms to sit.  The key benefit was rear seat should room was the same as the hardtop on these cars.  Alas, the 1973 oil embargo conspired with what was thought to be upcoming Federal roll-over crash standards to see these Land Yachts disappear after the 1975 model year.  Chevrolet’s version of the convertible version was only available in the top-of-the-line Classic trim, which in addition to all power options coming standard, the power in this example came from Chevrolet’s 400 cubic inch small block.

If you can get past the monotone narrator, this Old Car Memories post about the 1973 to 1975 Caprice Classic convertible provides a nice overview:

Often times, the background pictures of a car ad provides clues about the seller’s interest level in cars.  In this example, the yellow 1974 example parked behind this car combined with the red Caprice convertible parked in the street proves this private seller clearly is a Malaise Era full-size Caprice enthusiast who will likely know every detail about the car they are selling.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1975 Chevrolet Caprice Convertible

Selling my 1985 Convertible it has a 400 motor, Power windows, Power top, Front and rear bumper guards

Runs and drives great, power top works and is in good shape, all windows, lights, electrical, guages work. Has rock guard protection on lower section of body. It has had floor work. Solid driver that is getting hard to find.”

Do you have a Caprice Classic Story to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. JimmyinTEXAS

    Around 1985 these were for sale everywhere. I thought back then that it would be cool to get a red one, a white one, and a blue one. I didn’t, my wife threatened my health and well being if I did. This example seems a little high priced with no mention of mileage and having had the floors repaired at some point.

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