The Chevrolet Caprice is a full-sized automobile produced by Chevrolet in North America from 1965 to 1996. Full-size Chevrolet sales peaked in 1965 with over a million sold. It was the most popular American car in the sixties and early seventies, which, during its lifetime, included the Biscayne, Bel Air, and Impala.
Introduced in mid-1965 as a luxury trim package for the Impala four-door hardtop, Chevrolet offered a full line of Caprice models for the 1966 and subsequent model years, including a “formal hardtop” coupe and an Estate station wagon. The 1971 to 1976 models are the largest Chevrolets ever built. Production ended in 1996.
The 1972 Caprice received a facelift with a revised grille that was lower in height than the ’71 model flanked by a new bumper with increased protection one year ahead of the Federal mandate. This was done by a bumper within bumper design. Heavy gauge beams reinforced the bumper which are attached to the frame. The rear bumper also featured this design and now had the triple taillights now mounted in the bumper.
New to the Caprice lineup was a pillared four-door sedan. All models also featured a revised “Astro Ventilation” system utilising vents in the doorjambs that replaced the troublesome 1971 version that used vents in the trunk-lid and turned out to be a major source of complaints to Chevy (and other GM divisions) dealers from customers.