What A Survivor! 1,136 Mile Chevrolet Caprice Convertible

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For you low mileage original car fans, I don’t think it comes much better than this. A 1975 Chevrolet Caprice convertible with less than 1,200 miles! According to the listing here on eBay, it has been stored all of it’s life in a climate controlled environment. It’s located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Bidding is going to take a lot to meet the reserve, as the buy it now is all the way up to $39,900!

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Let’s be honest here. While a 1975 Chevy Caprice convertible is a pretty cool car, and this one is extra special with an option list that includes power windows, tinted glass, air conditioning, and a tilt steering wheel, what we are mostly interested in here is the low mileage. How exactly does a pretty car like this not get driven any more than that?

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There’s no question this is a pretty car, and the original paint gleams almost as much as the chrome does. It really is indistinguishable from new as far as I can tell. There’s a lot of documentation included all the way back to the original title.

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The interior is certainly immaculate, and for once white plastic and vinyl doesn’t seem to have yellowed or turned brown. It truly looks as if you had just walked into a 1975 GM showroom!

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It really does look terrific under here. This is a 350 V8 as you would expect, and it’s muzzled by the emissions controls of the time, I’m sure. Naturally it looks clean. So what do you think? Is the claim real? Whether you think it is or not, are you interested? At what price?

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  1. CowboyChris

    Wow what a beautiful car I just hope nobody buys it and puts some big ol ugly 30 inch rims on it if you know what I mean

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  2. piper62j

    The price is a bit high, but there’s a seat for every ass.. Beautiful car if kept original.. Not sure of the value on these boats, but whoever grabs this one will have a nice set of wheels to show off..
    This car is too rich for my way of thinking, but someone will snatch it..
    Great car..

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  3. Oingo

    Friend in HS when these were new drove a non vert 73 coupe with a 2bbl 400 SB if I recall correctly. It was like driving an overstuffed sofa, so buy it for looks.

  4. Hoos Member

    I tried to see the original price of this car, but I couldn’t quite make it out. After poking around the internet a bit, I found a price of about 6K. $6000 in 1975 equals $26,837 today. Given the beautiful condition of this car, I can see a premium to be paid, but an extra 13K? There must be a few dried seals that need replacing, not to mention a few other bits. I really like the car, but I would end up driving, albeit carefully and slowly over time, the value away. At this price, pass.

  5. DRV

    The best example of what happened to cars in the 70s. Tack on safety, avoiding any expensive technology, poor quality, and generic shared parts, all at an attempt to save money to compete with all around much better imports.
    My dad would say, ” weight times length” gives the best safety factor so we had land yachts like this.

  6. Mr. TKD

    It looks to be a fine example of the times and a great cruiser–but the price is way too rich for me.

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  7. Chebby

    The seller also has a set of 1978 tires for nearly $3k, why not put those on too.

    That mileage relegates it to remaining a museum piece. You can buy a decent driver for about 10k or one almost as nice for 18k and then you can really use it.

    Or I guess you can enjoy your new 1975 Caprice and “drive it down to a #3 then pass it to the next guy” as Leno says. I always wonder what the story is with “new” old cars.

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  8. OhU8one2

    My next door neighbor had this same car,except his was baby blue. And had a 454ci. Ironically though, every time his mother came to visit, she wrecked it. At least 3 or 4 times that I remember. Nothing more than scrapes,or misjudging turns.

  9. Dave

    Let’s pick up the grandkids and go for some chocolate ice cream!! Love those light interiors!!

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  10. bowlzo

    The infatuation with ultra low mileage, pristine “old” cars has become epidemic. Was reading an ad the other day – might have been on this site – which listed several aspects of its “newness.” No smoking – no food or beverages – no pets – no kids – no salt – no snow – no rain – all of which is well and good. What I had never seen before, though, was the claim “has never been outside after dark!” Thank heaven the poor baby has never been exposed to night!

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  11. Kris

    Back in the day, people were worried about “impending” legislation that would outlaw convertibles. (This of course never actually happened.) The ’75 and especially the ’76 GM convertibles were advertised as being the “last ones to be built” so quite a few people bought Caprice, Buick and Eldorado convertibles and “put them away” with delivery mileage as future collector’s items. Same thing happened in ’78 with Corvette anniversary editions, in ’87 with Grand Nationals and GNXs, and in ’90 with Silverado 454SS’s. Basically, it’s easier to find a no-mileage example than a well used restoration candidate, and the sheer number of “rare” examples keep the prices relatively reasonable.

  12. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    With Hoos….seals baby…..and converts were killed off because of the lack of buyers…..you can check production going while back….andwhat was the latest dilly….T-Tops….oh that will catch on good….

  13. Joe Haska

    I love low mile cars, as they say its only new once. The issue with these cars is always what are they worth. There is no guide or rule of thumb, other than what will someone be willing to pay. I have had a few low mile cars, and there certainly are issues, such as seals, things drying out, or exhaust rotting from the inside out.
    But they certainly are fun to see, especially when there is some sort of back story.

  14. Doc

    It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay.

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  15. Prowler

    These really are not rare cars…in 1975 everyone over reacted to “the last convertible ever”
    It’s about as hard to find an ultra low mileage 75 caprice classic drop top as it is to find a 1976 Eldorado convertable with just a few rounds
    Nice car….but I don’t want it

  16. Jim Marshall

    Nice Chevy but this era car has not reached 40 k status. 30 k maybe.

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  17. Rando

    Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – the great red shark. Bats…

  18. Harold Wood

    I had one like it except mine came with the 454 engine. I bought the last one sold off the showroom floor in Athens, Texas in 1975 and I rarely drove it except in Parades I loaned it too the local junior college and too the High school for all their homecoming parades and to all the surrounding small towns for their christmas parades. Sure wish I had it now, the local chevy dealer hit me up to buy it back a few years later and paid me the exact thing for it that I paid for it when I bought it including all taxes and transfer fees.

  19. Bob C.

    I had a couple of 1973 impala customs this vintage with 350 v8s. Good strong road cars for sure. The detuned engines were not as potent as earlier years, but they were still enjoyable to drive and handled very well. The 1973 models began using hardened valves and seats in the weaning process towards the use of unleaded gas. I didn’t realize that at the time, but now I know the manufacturers did what they had to do to comply with federal regulations.

  20. The One

    Whenever I see those big ole honkin’ AC compressors I can hear the fan belt screech every time it cycles Who remembers belt dressing? Sticky stuff to keep the belt from slipping?

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  21. Classic Steel

    I love big boat cars!

    The only caution is this has the sissor
    top frame that sometimes gets in major trouble going up. These type frames only occurred on later models.

    I used to have a 70 impala with factory. 350 4 bolt and factory 12 bolt rearend

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