Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1977 chevrolet caprice classic coupe
GM shrank its B-Body full-sized models for the 1977 model year, including the massive-selling Chevrolet Caprice/Impala. This proved a wise move in light of certain geopolitical events a couple of years later, and the 1977-1979 full-sized Chevrolet coupes got a cool “fastback” wraparound rear glass treatment.Here is such a car, spotted in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
Though this car was once someone’s customized pride and joy, with metalflake green paint and aftermarket wheels, its glory days are decades in the past. After a long downward spiral, during which its interior got thoroughly mangled and faded, it ended up in the scrap-metal ecosystem.
Most junked General Motors cars from the 1970s and 1980s have tattered headliner cloth held in place with thumbtacks.
Under the hood, a 350-cubic-inch (that’s 5.7 liters, for those of you who don’t speak freedom) V8 engine generated a depressingly small number of horses. I don’t even have the heart to look it up. Actually, chances are this is the car’s third or fourth small-block V8, since these engines get swapped the way some people change their shoes.
This piece of glass is worth something, but the nightmare of shipping one to a buyer (who will have a 97 percent chance of being angry about some minor flaw) rules out all but the most industrious and patient parts sellers. I went back to this yard a couple of weeks after shooting these photos and the rear glass was still on the car.
Try to imagine this car when it looked cool, not the way it appears today.
GM did a big advertising blitz on the new, smaller, full-sized Chevrolets.
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  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Dec 04, 2018

    I love these big Caprice coupes. As I recall, the 77-78 had an elegant grille with vertical bars and the taillight wrapped around to the side with an angled shape. For 79-80 they put in a cheap looking egg-crate grille and squared off the taillight. Minor details but made a big difference. Overall the shape the 'beveled' edges, the wheel-openings and proportions were fantastic - a better looking car than the similarly themed Rolls Camargue and Aston Lagonda of the time. I drove a number of these and the F41 suspension option really made these fun to drive.

  • Pwrwrench Pwrwrench on Dec 05, 2018

    BTW the $ value of that bent rear window has much to do with someone knowing how to remove it without breaking the glass.

  • Sgeffe Honda should breathe a sigh of relief! This makes the decimation of the Cam..”Accord”..look like a bathroom accident! Funny thing, as was pointed out, that apparently mirroring the user’s phone wasn’t the be-all end-all! What a disgrace! 😂
  • Wayne no one ever accused Mary Teresa Barra of being smart
  • Mike1041 I’m sure that it’s cheaper to install a Google system than pay for Apple and android. Simple cost reduction with all the pr crap to make the user think it’s better
  • MKizzy A highly visible steering wheel lock is the best deterrent when the H/K thieves are amateurs looking for a joyride. The software fix may be effective in keeping an H/K car where you parked it, but I doubt most wannabe kia boyz will bother checking for the extra window sticker before destroying the window and steering column. Also, I guarantee enough H/K drivers won't bother getting either the software fix or a steering column lock to keep these cars popular theft targets for years to come. Therefore, any current H/K owners using a steering column lock should consider continuing to do so for the long term.
  • Jack For me, this would be a reason for rejection if considering a purchase of one of these overgrown golf carts.