Big Block Wagon! 1966 Chevrolet Caprice

Two adults, two kids, two more kids, two dogs, two 4×8 sheets of plywood, and more… all are welcome in the faithful full-sized wagon, the ark of middle America. This 1966 Chevrolet Caprice Wagon in San Diego, California looks fairly solid, and it runs and drives! Though it needs some work to be completely trustworthy, this Caprice is well on its way to serving a new family, and interested parties can visit the listing here on eBay and make an offer or click Buy It Now for $9500.

Motorheads, especially Chevy fans, love popping the hood and seeing those Mark IV big block valve covers. The 325 HP 396 cid (6.5L) V8 was the smallest option available in the top-trim Caprice wagon. Imagine finding one with the 425 HP 427! That would get you to the family reunion on time.

Other than some cracks in the dash pad and some fading from the California sun, the interior looks rather well-kept. Without air conditioning, passengers make due with cooling by lowered windows, vents, and natural air flow. Power steering and power drum brakes help you pilot this capacious land schooner with ease.

Lower that tailgate, attach some ramps, and you can probably drive a Prius right into the gaping maw of the Caprice wagon’s cargo area. Chevrolet sales literature show the flashy Caprice as popular among the rarefied air of the polo and badminton set. Where would you show off Chevy’s high-end people hauler?

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Comments

  1. Dave

    Where would I show this off? At the local big box home stores where folks can’t fit drywall or studs or plywood into their $60,000 “trucks”. Cars like this fueled the 1960s expansion of suburbia by the Greatest Generation.

    Speaking of strange options, I recall the owner’s manual for my 1971 Fury listing a 440 -6 and 3 speed stick as available. I wonder if any were built. Galen Govier, along with Mark Worman, doesn’t do C-bodies.

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    • Superdessucke

      Yours is bigger. Your piece of drywall I mean.

      Anyway the 440 Six Pack was offered on the Sport Fury GT, but no others according to this…

      https://www.streetmusclemag.com/features/car-features/muscle-cars-you-should-know-70-plymouth-sport-fury-gt-440-6/

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      • Dave

        Thanks for the link to a good article. One of my neighbors owns a 1971 Sport Fury GT with a U-code 440. No six pack but a rare bird indeed.

    • George Mattar

      I grew up in station wagons in the late 50s and 60s. Great car from a to a before stupid liberal SUV and truck craze. Factory smog pump still there. Way cool 60s car.

  2. Curtis

    Cool car I would not mind cruising in or using as a tow vehicle to the track but $9,500 wow 🤔

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  3. rpol35

    283 CI was the standard engine in the Caprice wagon; 396 CI was one of many options available.

    Interesting to note the engine’s AIR pump, testament to this being a life-long California car.

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  4. James Martin

    Wow 9gs. I got that the days of hundred dollar cars are gone, but 10000 dollar cars days are here to stay.

    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Hi James, I am streaming Mecum right now. It is amazing what you can buy for 10K or less. I know there are fees involved but some great cars, most I think you could drive home. Take care, Mike.

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    • Fitz

      Thank AssMonkey garage for that

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  5. Troy s

    It’s possible I guess but I have a hard time believing Chevrolet dropped the solid lifter cam high winding L72 427 in a station wagon like this, wrong application really.

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    • 86_Vette_Convertible

      Back then, if you knew the right codes you could get almost any drive train in any applicable vehicle. I can believe someone did this to have something for Mama to haul the kids Monday through Friday and Dad to take to the drag strip on Saturday.

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  6. Chebby Staff

    Denwerks has a much nicer one of these on BaT right now, $6500 at this moment:

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1966-chevrolet-impala-13/

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  7. Bill Potts

    When they actually had driver’s ed. in high school, drive time and all, we had a ’66 Chevrolet wagon. 283, no power anything, and I learned to drive it in the snow! Learned how to rock and roll it out of a drift. We were also taught how to parallel park the thing. I can park anything courtesy of this car, except motorhomes, semi’s lol.

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  8. Gaspumpchas

    You could buy one of these stripped down with a 427 4 speed and a bench seat. Love wagons- had many of them. Good luck to the new owner!!
    Cheers
    GPC

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  9. local_sheriff

    The one Chebby submitted is a way better example also with a big block. Considering it has an amateur paint job it may sell in the 10-11k range.

    However the blue one here could potentially be a more interesting version being a Caprice rather than an Impala. There’s major difference in condition between the two, this one is in no way a 9.5k car maybe 6-6.5k tops. It does show minimal rust though so it’s a great starting point for a longroof project

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  10. Andrew Franks

    local_sheriff right again. It’s a $5000.00 car maybe if its bones are good. If it’s a California born and raised underneath is probably OK. I think SUVs are ridiculous,
    and wagons are the way to go. Keep shopping.

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  11. Paul Rattenbury

    I bought a car identical looking to that one years ago. 66 Caprice Estate wagon. My first car, actually. Had a 283 and a Powerglide. So the 396 statement is false.They want 10 grand? I paid a dollar for mine.

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  12. TimM

    What a cool ride!! Strip off the fake wood panel stickers and the molding around it do the body work and paint it!! This would make for a really nice looking car!!!

  13. Miguel

    Relisted and lowered to $8900.00

    It does come with a lot of extra parts so that may make it worth closer to the ask. They have to be valuable at this point.

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