CC Outtake: 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe – America’s Capricious Thirst For Big Coupes


Although they’re dwindling, seeing a well-worn 1977-1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan or wagon still on the road isn’t all that out of the ordinary. After all, Chevy sold millions of them, so probability clearly favors the Caprice over say, a Pontiac Parisienne. Yet while Caprice sedans and wagons are still somewhat plentiful as far as 30 year old cars go, their 2-door counterparts, which were less popular and discontinued earlier are much rarer sights.


As chronicled before, the original 1977-1979 Caprice and Impala coupes sported a distinctive three-sided bent glass rear roofline. Presumably to streamline costs and production complexities, from 1980-on all coupes used a more basic roofline similar to the sedans.


The downfall of the full-size coupe was a swift and substantial one. From 1977’s roughly 138,000 Impala and Caprice coupes sold (versus roughly 408,000 sedans), Chevrolet’s full-size coupe sales, now exclusively Caprice, were down to only 19,000 by this car’s 1984 model year (following a brief absence for 1983). By comparison, over 191,000 Impala and Caprice sedans were sold that same year. By the coupe’s final year in 1987, just over 3,000 Caprice coupes were produced versus over 184,000 Caprice sedans. Along with the Ford LTD Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis coupes that also bowed out after 1987, the Caprice 2-door was among America’s last full-size, rear-wheel drive, V8-powered coupes.

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