Rational Decision: 1989 Chevrolet Caprice 31K Mile Survivor Wagon – Sold?

Jan 2021 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

February 10 Update – while this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye for updated listings. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

January 16, 2021 Update – The private seller just reduced their ask by another $500 to make their white Chevy wagon yours for $6,490.

January 8, 2021 Update – We just came across a fresh listing for this ’89 Caprice Classic we first featured in September 2020 and assumed based on its expired ad the car had sold.  We were fooled once again as the private seller just lowered their asking price by $1,000 to $6,990. 

Many car collectors have a tough time selling their cars as even if they have a large enough garage and the resources it’s not an issue.  Others who no longer have space for their valued collector car have to make the tough but rational choice to find a good home for their car.  That’s the situation faced with the private seller of this 31k original mile 1989 Chevrolet Caprice station wagon originally posted in September 2020 on Craigslist in Haymarket, Maryland with an asking price of $8,000.   Unfortunately, Hagerty Insurance currently does not provide estimates for these cars and the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Caprice priced above the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,677, $3,492, and $4,922, respectively.

The 1989 Caprice Classic wagon featured here is from the twelfth model year of Chevrolet’s drastically downsized full-size line-up.  For the 1977 model year, GM reduced the Caprice wagon’s weight by 871 pounds, decreased the length by 14 inches, and shortened the wheelbase by nine inches, all while increasing interior passenger room and cargo capacity in nearly every dimension versus their 1976 model year counterparts.  1986 marked the first major exterior restyle since 1980. From 1986 to 1990, the Caprice was the only sedan riding on the B platform; all other sedans had been discontinued or transferred to the smaller, front-wheel-drive H platform. Designers restyled the front fascia to have a more aerodynamic look: the Caprice emblem was no longer a standup hood ornament but rather an emblem located on the vertical area directly above the grill in the center of the front fascia. A smaller grille with prominent vertical chrome divider bars replaced the larger previous egg-crate grille. The redesigned front end still had two side-by-side rectangular sealed beam headlamps, as had been used on the Caprice since 1976; the taillights were also restyled but continued to have three chambers—another long-running Caprice styling cue. New aerodynamic side-view mirrors were used. The car’s sheet metal remained otherwise unchanged.

This appears to be a very clean, low mileage survivor Caprice that looks great sporting classic American Racing wheels. We’re a bit confused on why this car needed a new automatic transmission after only 31K miles, especially with no trailer hitch present.  Otherwise, this appears to be a great survivor you can continue using as a daily driver or prepare over the winter for AACA preservation class events next year.  Either way, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a very clean Caprice wagon from 1989.
White on red cloth.
Works and runs perfectly.
New Transmission was installed just 3 months ago.
Original motor with ONLY 31K miles.
American racing chrome wheels w/valve stems.
Rear facing leather seats.
Power steering works.
Recent oil change.
No water leaks.
No oil leaks.
No coolant leaks.

I love this car and do not want to sell but I don’t have space for her anymore. Want to find a good home for her.

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1 Comment
  1. Bo

    I purchased this wagon. It was rough, leaked every type of fluid except brake. Nothing worked as expected, not complaining. It’s my daily driver now, and has 33k on the clock now. But yeah everything not stock on this car was poorly executed. The best, one was the fuel filter on the transmission line.


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