Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. The full-size Chevy was once the top-selling car in North America.
1965 was the peak year for big Chevy sales, but pretty close to a million 1970 model year Bel Airs, Caprices, and Impalas roared off the showroom floors. That's more than twice the number of Chevelles and three times the number of Novas that year; the Camaro wasn't even on the sales radar by comparison, with just under 120,000 being sold due to the midyear introduction of the "1970-1/2" models. The full-size models really were the face of Chevrolet during this period, though you'd never know that now by looking at the machinery at car shows and cruise nights.
This Caprice is certainly on the rough side, but it's still here and still getting the job done. We've seen two other 1970 full-size Chevrolets in this series- this pretty nice one and this terrifyingly evil one- but today's is the first one that still has emblems identifying the model. The previous two are probably Impalas, but we can't be sure.