(first posted 12/11/2015) I’m throwing a lot at you today, but CC Commenter SomeOneInTheWildWest posted a link to this M/T review of the new 1965.5 Caprice and its equally-new 396 engine. I just couldn’t resist sharing it.
What’s a surprise to me is reading that the 325 hp L35 396 came with either Rochester Quadrajet or a Holley 4150 carburetors. I’ve always assumed only the Quadrajet was used on them.
Average fuel economy over the 820 mile test: 12.6 mpg. And the brakes are considered deficient. The soft springs and shocks were just accepted as part of this type of luxury car.
In case you can’t read the specs, here they are in larger format.
And as a frame of comparison, here’s the stats from a Popular Science comparison of the very similar 1966 cars, including a 396 Impala, 390 Galaxie 500, and a 383 Fury III. Interestingly enough, the 396 Caprice and Impala both nailed the 0-60 in the exact same 8.9 seconds. And there was only a 0.3 second variation on their 1/4 mile ETs (16.7/17.0). The 1966 Impala 396 really showed its light to the Plymouth and Galaxie, outrunning them in the 0-80 sprint by two and 3 seconds, despite having a higher (lower numerically) 2.73:1 rear axle to the Plymouth’s 3.23:1 and the Ford’s 3.00:1. The 396 obviously had better breathing (and power) at higher speeds, despite its comparable rated hp numbers.