In Motion Classic: Monday Morning Rarities – Chevrolet Caprice Coupe

1981 Chevrolet Caprice Coupe

A simple entry this week, with a car that is most unusual in Australia even though it must still be relatively common in North America.  I won’t be making a habit of featuring recent imports that have remained left-hand drive (cars less than 25 years old must be converted to right-hand drive), because there has been an absolute flood of them imported over the last few years.  But this isn’t the case with this car as you can clearly see the lack of steering wheel through the window!

1981 Chevrolet Caprice 3

I saw the distinctive shape of a B-body GM car as I was driving through Bendigo in country Victoria earlier this year, and thanks to some traffic I was able to get a bit closer to it.  I was surprised to see that it was a 2-door coupe, but thanks to the slow rate of changes and lack of badging I can’t pin down what year or specification it is.  From what I have read, GM ceased local assembly of Canadian-sourced CKD North American cars in 1968, so anything later than that has been imported either by an enterprising dealer or a private owner.  Note the amber turn signals required to comply with Australian Design Rules that were installed as part of the compliance process; were these used in North America or something that would have been made locally?

1981 Chevrolet Caprice

The only thing I could learn is that this registration plate was issued during 1989, and it appears entirely feasible that is when the car was imported and converted, and likely in the hands of the same owner ever since.  And a final quirk is the small tow ball mounted to the left of the main one, not something I remember seeing before.


Further Reading:

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

Car Show Classic: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Landau Coupe – Bent Glass Beauty