LT1 Longroof: 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon – Sold?
January 27, 2021 Update – we just noticed the listing “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The lion share of GM’s last bastion of traditional rear-wheel-drive, body-on-frame, full-size wagons tended to be in the form of either Buick Roadmasters or Oldsmobile Custom Crusiers. Pulling up in third is the somewhat rarer Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate versions such as this 77K original mile example originally listed in December 2020 on Craigslist in Warren, New Jersey. Reported to be a one-owner car with nice documentation included, the seller’s current asking price is $8,800. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Caprice Estate priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $13,700 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:
While this low mileage original features the very desirable 260 horsepower version of the Corvette LT1 motor, we do point out this example appears to be only a six-passenger version (i.e., no reverse-facing third-row seat) and did not come equipped with the factory towing package. If those commissions don’t bother you, then this is a great example to scoop up before prices climb any higher. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1995 Chevy Estate Wagon Only 77,000 original miles
Rare low Mileage One Owner original car
No Rust Inside outside or underneath
Striking Dark turquoise with woodgrain
Has the High Performance LT1 Engine
AC and Heat work
All Windows work
The Cargo Area is like new
Clean straight Body
Wood Grain in great Condition
Period Correct Car Phone
Beautiful Solid Straight Car
Rare as most of these 90s Wagons are Buicks not Chevys
Miles are Low most of these Wagons have over 200000 miles
Not many clean ones left
Any questions 9 0 8 4 5 8 3 8 6 1
If you want something Rare, different and clean this is it!!
Please no low ballers, hustlers, flippers.“
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