Car of the Week: 1966 Chevrolet Caprice

Car Of The Week: 1966 Chevrolet Caprice

When it comes to reasons why people develop a lasting affinity for certain cars, never underestimate the “Big Brother Factor.” That was certainly the case for Dave Schaller. And when his big brother threw Schaller the keys to the Chevy and told him he could use it while he was away serving in the military, well, that sealed the deal. You know, a young kid, 16, 17 years old when I was driving it, for me that was luxury. Schaller, a resident of Baraboo, Wis., The car was a yellow 1966 two-door coupe with a black vinyl top. It had some rust issues around the glass, and the typical wear and tear you would expect from the 97,000-plus miles it had traveled in a northern climate.

I’ve got a lot or receipts from the things he bought for it from Fleet Farm and places like that. I’m not really sure what all he did to it.” The car had also been repainted and had its color changed from white to yellow. The attractive, black vinyl interior was in great shape and the 327-cid V-8 under the hood never had any problems. The windshield was cracked and I had to have that replaced.
These cars are notorious for that – the front and rear windows rust out pretty bad.
I hadn’t done anything with it and I hadn’t driven it much because I knew it needed work. A four-speed manual was a 184 option. The interior is untouched,” he said.
The original radio still works. The tilt-telescope wheel is pretty rare.

It’s got factory cruise control, that’s pretty rare.

He repainted the door jambs and inside the trunk and everything.” And, of course, there is that signature 1960s “big car” ride.

It just floats,” Schaller laughs. It wanders and the steering isn’t tight like newer cars are.

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