1973 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, With Bonus Big Chevy Poll

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Big Chevrolets like this once ruled the highways of North America.

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We saw this 1970 Caprice last month, but prior to that it's been all Bel Airs and Impalas in the Alameda Full-Size Chevy-O-Rama. Let's make it two Caprices today! The Caprice was the most expensive and luxurious big Chevy for 1973, with a four-door hardtop like this one going for $4,064, or more than 800 bucks over the price of the base Bel Air sedan. You could even get one with a 454 big-block V8… which made just 245 horsepower (and, on the bright side, about 9 billion foot-pounds of torque at 3 RPM).

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This car lives on the same block as the 1971 Datsun 240Z, and it has enough custom touches to indicate that the current owner thinks of the car as more than just basic (if thirsty) daily transportation.

OK, now let's take a look at the big Chevrolets of the 1960s and 1970s we've seen so far in this series. No wagons, just regular Bel Airs, Caprices, and Impalas. Then, vote for your favorite!

1960 Bel Air


1963 Bel Air


1965 Impala Super Sport


1965 Impala


1970 Impala


1970 Impala


1970 Caprice


1974 Impala


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As much as I love the '65s (my dad had two back in the day), I had to go with the '70 4-door, because a) it strongly suggests the owner is not the sort of person you want to piss off, and b) a little old lady in town has a faded baby blue one (along with a royal blue '73 or '74 4-door post) in her driveway that I would have a very, very hard time not buying if and when she or her heirs decide to sell it.