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AJ's Car of the Day '73 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Hardtop
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Car: Chevrolet Caprice Classic

Year: 1973

What makes it special: Chevrolet's Caprice were a full-sized model produced for the 1965 to 1996 model years. The Caprice models were renamed to Caprice Classic for 1973. The 1973 facelift included a new cross-hatch grille, 5 mph energy absorbing front bumper and revised square taillights, again mounted in the bumper. Design wise, it's a clean-looking car with one relatively straight, pronounced line running from the headlamps all the way back to the rear bumper, rising just enough at the rear quarter panels to give it a distinctive silhouette. It gave the Caprice an appeal that was attractive in a sporty way.

What made it famous: Basic yet fashionable, classy but affordable, rugged yet comfortable, the 1973 Caprice was all that and more. The standard Turbo-Fire 400 cu in 2-barrel V8 was now rated at 150 hp while the only optional engine was the Turbo-Jet 454 cu in V8 producing 245 hp with dual exhaust, and 215 hp with single exhaust. A new option on sedans and coupes was a 50/50 bench seat with recliner on the passenger side.

Why I would want one: I'm not a huge fan of larger, luxury models of any manufacturer, but the look of the -73 Caprice Classic has been a fave and a wanted car for me since it rolled onto the local Chevrolet dealer's showroom floor.

Fun fact: The Caprice's platform and main body structure was the same as that used to build the Buick Le Sabre, Chevrolet Impala, Oldsmobile 88 and Pontiac Catalina.

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