Four-Door Corvette: 1994 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1

In the history of Law Enforcement and within the tradition of great American cruising, nothing says fun like an old cop car! Rear wheel drive, body on frame, seating for plenty and lots of power. The last generation of GM B-Body vehicles were introduced under various nameplates, including the Cadillac Fleetwood, Buick Roadmaster, and legendary Impala SS! The 1994-1996 Chevrolet Caprice sported the famed Corvette LT1 and 9C1 spec models received added brawn with heavy duty transmission cooler, heavy duty alternator, 3.73 rear end.. all the pursuit bells and whistles! This 1994 Chevrolet Caprice 9C1, available on craigslist, located outside Chicago, Illinois, has plenty of new parts, just requires some added love in order to hit the road!

As stated by the owner, this Caprice is in fairly good condition for being a 24 year old cop car, as it has the typical rust and dents to be expected from its past life as a police car. It is in good cosmetic shape, the interior, despite missing the carpet, is in equally good condition.

A prospective buying can never go wrong with what is considered that last true American car. These are very easy to fix and maintain and with a few trips to the junkyard and parts store, these four door Corvette’s can really get up and go at track events and for weekend enjoyment.

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  1. Rx7turboII

    Really? There weren’t any other cars to do write-ups about instead of this? No Chevettes, sunbirds, corvettes….? heck, not even a yugo??

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    • Classic Steel

      Careful someone will dig up a rusted out parted Porsche from a litter box or a coal mine and ask a gazillion and yes someone will buy it…

      The only worse would be a jacked up 4×4 muscle car or family car… LOL!

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    • Miguel

      Here is finally a decent car at a decent price.

      Nothing to complain about.

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      • Rx7turboII

        But not even close to a barn find in any way……which is what I swear this forum is all about.

    • Jim Levante

      I love them, LT-1, full frame, great ac and controls, easy LS upgrade. Makes a perfect conversion for old cars like my 63 Pontiac.

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    • King Al

      Just Donk it and be done.

  2. Steve R

    Not all 9c1 Caprice’s came with LT1’s. The VIN will verify the cars original engine. I’d also be wary of the engines electrical issues, that is something that could have you chasing your tail.

    Steve R

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    • Gary Member

      Steve, if only you hadn’t made the comment “Not all 9c1 Caprice’s came with LT’s” in response to this particular year. The fact is: “The 9C1 was available with any available civilian engine, plus the 350-ci engine that wasn’t in the civilian cars until the LT1.” Yes, I copied this bit of info, not to attack you, but to clarify that the “code 9c1 has been around since 1972” and “Then, in 1994, you could not get the 350-cid in the Caprice WITHOUT it being a 9c1”. Again, I copied this info simply to clarify that from 1994-1996, the 9C1 option included the LT1 350. Only the 350 LT1.

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      • Steve R

        Not according to what I read. Between 1994 and 1996 the L99, 4.3L V8 was standard on the 9c1.

        Steve R

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      • TerryC

        I have two. One has the LT1 and the other a 5.0l. Both Canadian ex R.C.M.P. card and both PC1 police package ars with the green lifetime coolant hoses. One is painted as a New York taxi and this one is fully period equipped for film use. There are option stickers on the underside of the trunk deck rot the 9C1 police package. This car is the 305 car.
        Hope that helps.

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    • Gary Member

      Steve, I’m always looking for the “facts” as I have 2 – 94’s, 1 is a 9C1, 1 is an SS, & a 93 Roadmaster wagon. is your info off the internet? If so, post a link, please, I’d like to read/see more stats. Thanks.

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      • Steve R

        Policeinterceptor.com/images/95_9c1.pdf

        Steve R

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  3. Shawn Fox Firth

    only car to be restored rather than retired by police departments ! that’s significant .

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  4. Ike Onick

    “It’s a 105 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas and a pack of cigarettes. It’s night and we’re wearing sunglasses. HIT IT!”

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    • Christopher Wenz

      Fix the cigarette lighter.

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    • Troy s

      “It’s got good pick up.”

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  5. ccrvtt

    Though the Crown Vics became ubiquitous once GM exited the full-size cop car market many law enforcement professionals preferred the Chevies. While I think it’s a stretch to call it a 4-door Corvette they were pretty cool rides in their day.

    These old full-sizers can be quite entertaining. Our local bullring has just started a ‘Ford Division’ featuring ex-police & taxis and it’s very popular.

    On a side note there are some people who, shall we say, tend to live outside the law. They’ve been buying used Dodge Chargers at auction to maintain a low profile in their business dealings.

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    • jjbrooks

      lt-1 9c1’s came with 3.08 rear ends, no other option and not 3.73’s. L99 9c1’s came with 3.23 rear ends and accounted for 35% of all 9c1’s.

      Not all9c1’s came with Posi either. zit was optional. Always check the SPID stiicker inside thr trunk lid for a list of all RPO equipment on the car. Be careful about buing cars that have been patrol cars or have vinyl back seats. .L99’S have single exhaust, LT-1’s have factory duals. I have a 95 9c1 with 400,000mithat still runs like a beast. Maintenance is everything.

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  6. Pete Kaczmarski

    Now lets see a real squad car back before fuel injection etc and almost went 150 mph….here is my car

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    • Paul

      I had a 73 Chrysler Newport cop car with a 440 thermos quad set up. Worst car I ever owned and sucked more gas than anything I ever drove .

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      • Tony

        Was it an x NJSP car from the Garden State Parkway?

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  7. JonS

    4 door Corvette is definitely a stretch as already stated by ccrvtt. In a straight line the 9 1-optioned Caprice were pretty fun provided you had plenty of runway remaining to shut ‘er down. Lol

    They handled like boats and, especially in the case of the LT1-fitted cars, the brakes were inadequate.

    I had the opportunity to drive both the sedan version of this law enforcement package when it belonged to the local PD here and also the wagon version which belonged to our local coroner’s office.
    All of the shortcomings in the sedan were magnified in the wagon as, obviously, it was simply more car and appreciably heavier.

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  8. JonS

    4 door Corvette is definitely a stretch as already stated by ccrvtt. In a straight line the 9C1-optioned cars were pretty fun provided you had plenty of runway remaining to shut ‘er down. Lol

    They handled like boats and, especially in the case of the LT1-fitted cars, the brakes were inadequate.

    I had the opportunity to drive both the sedan version of this law enforcement package when it belonged to the local PD here and also the wagon version which belonged to our local coroner’s office.
    All of the shortcomings in the sedan were magnified in the wagon as, obviously, it was simply more car and appreciably heavier.

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  9. Eli Sealy

    The “B” body cars did not come with Corvette engines! Some came with the lt1, but it was a 2 bolt main block with cast heads. The Corvette had a larger maf, aluminum heads, fiberglass valve covers, 4 bolt main, fuel lines pointed towards passenger side, shorter yoke, different oil pan, roller lifters and pickup. They both had the “P” as the engine code, despite huge differences between the two. The B bodies had 260 hp, the Vettes had 300.

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  10. Gary in VT

    A computer reflash and $10 intake mod woke these beasts up big time. I had one, and every drive felt like drunken hooligan fun. Reliable? Well…. Efficient? Please. Fun? Hold my beer.

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  11. Bubba Smith

    The LT1 powered 9C1 is a heck of a lot of car for the money. They respond well to modifications, enjoy decent aftermarket support thanks to the popularity of the Impala SS, are easy to maintain and are as dependable as an axe. I drove these when they were in service and they were leaps and bounds better then the Dodge/Ford offerings. Heck I remember guys wanting to keep the old 9C1s and allowing the rookies to take the new Crown Vics.

    GM B bodies can be polarizing, you either love or hate their styling. Personally I think they are fantastic machines.

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  12. Myonen

    I’m always looking for a near mint 1996 Roadmaster estate wagon CE. my granny had one for years and when my uncle got her a new car and traded the Roadmaster in for 1k I was pissed. It’s one of my all time favorite GM cars

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  13. David

    These were lots of fun to drive on duty! I was an officer in Texas and as long as we were moving, things were great. If you got dispatched to a major accident or a traffic assignment then we learned quickly that we would need to raise the hood to try and let it breathe a little bit easier. Overheating was a huge issue for us on those LT1’s when we were stopped for extended periods of time directing traffic or working accidents. Had to keep the engine running because we had our overheads on. Otherwise, the strobes would drain the battery. But boy, they would freaking launch when you threw the power to it. The torque would throw you back in the seat. Good memories of those LT1’s!

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  14. Ty

    The 9C1 in ’94-’96 came with 3.08 gears for the LT1 cars and 3.23 gears for the L99 cars, not 3.73 as stated.

  15. Miguel

    Where are you going to find a more fun car for $1800.00?

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    • Rx7turboII

      Craigslist.

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  16. DrewP

    Based on the back quarter side window design this is a 1991, possibly 1992.
    1992/1993 the window had a reversed angle at the edge nearest the trunk that came back at a somewhat 45 degree towards the door.

    Or have I lost my memory over the years?

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  17. Perry Hastings

    1994 Impala SS models had a filler plate in the rear quarter windows which was specific to the SS models only. In 1995 models the body dies were revised so Caprice and SS models both had the reverse angle in the rear quarter window.

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  18. Howard A Member

    I agree, this the bottom of the barrel for BF’s. These are the cars that don’t even sell at the beater auctions, and next stop is the Monster truck show. Great cars, did their duty, but probably an electrical nightmare. Pull the motor and line ‘er up for “Grave Digger”.

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  19. Moparmann Member

    Jeez! Empty energy drink cans/Gatorade bottles, and other assorted trash! Not exactly the best staging for a sale ad (IMO)! Missing carpet/dents/etc. I can overlook, but interiors used as garbage cans I cannot.

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    • Ike Onick

      I’m OK with it. I don’t think impressing anyone, especially the ladies, would be top of mind for this purchase.

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  20. Mike R in De

    I agree, dump it out before you try to dump it off. First rule of selling cars, make it presentable BEFORE offering for sale To anyone!! This might be a good solid starter car that only needs a little TLC . First impression, not so good. Pass

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  21. MikeK

    The carpet probably isn’t missing. Most came with black rubber mats instead.

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  22. MARK EVANS

    Fugly then & Now. Please improve its’ looks by entering it in a demo derby.

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