Classifind Cut: 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate – Sold?

Jan 2021 | Classifind Cut, Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

February 2, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “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.

In addition to our recommendation of remembering “NOEL” when photographing cars (you can read our “How To Photograph a  Car With a Cell Phone” here), a seller needs to stand back far enough to get at least several shots that contain the entire side view of the car in question. Unfortunately, the private seller of this 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate originally listed on Craigslist in January 2020 in Reading, Pennsylvania didn’t follow that rule.  It’s a shame as this example appears to be a very clean survivor in a great color combination.

1985 marked the ninth model year of the Caprice featuring the original downsized styling launched in 1977.  Aside from minor interior trim upgrades, the big news for 1985 was under the hood. Specifically, The 305 cubic inch small block V8 engine received an electronic spark control that allowed a compression ratio increase from 8.6:1 to 9.5:1. That change bumped the engine’s 305’s output to jump to 165 horsepower. Currently asking $4,000, comparing that price against the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms the ask falls between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $2,450 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $5,400.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1985 Chevrolet Caprice Station Wagon, V8 305, Prior owner had for 35yrs, garage kept and it shows! professionally maintained and it was never driven in the winter. This is a true survivor that is original with clean title in my name. New tires and brakes just a few months ago. It runs and drives nice. Insp and registered and on the road. A/c and heat, radio and power options do work. Has air suspension. Sold as-is. PLEASE DO NOT ASK IF THIS IS AVAIALBLE. I WILL SIMPLY DELETE THE EMAIL. PLEASE ASK ANY AND ALL QUESTIONS IN ONE EMAIL. PLEASE CONFIRM A TIME YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT ONLY THE DAY YOUR AVAIALBLE, NOT DAYS AND WEEKS IN ADVANCE. NO HOLDS. PRICE IS FIRM. I CAN SHOW IT ONLY BETWEEN 10:30-5:30 weekdays. no weekends, so please dont ask. no trades.”

Show or go: what would you do with this Caprice Classic Wagon?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Classifind Cut: 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate – Sold?

    Does it have cloth, vinyl or leather interior and what is the mileage

    • Classifind Cut: 1985 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate – Sold?

      Bill, if you hover your computer mouse over the picture (or if looking on a cell phone touch the picture) you’ll see navigation arrows that will take you through all of the pictures the owner took of the car. There are several that show the interior is the cloth/velour that GM was famous for during the period.


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