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Was the Caprice Classic ever considered a standalone model? That is, was the Caprice Classic ever offered in a year when the Caprice was not? My recollection is that the Caprice Classic was just an upscale package for the Caprice and that there was never a year when the Caprice Classic was offered but a Caprice was not. If this is the case, I humbly suggest that the Caprice Classic be removed from this template. --BRossow 01:50, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
Cars built from 1977 until the retirement of the first downsized body in the late 1980s were marketed and badged as "Caprice Classic" but if you notice the link it takes you back to Caprice. Added it because I tried to think like someone who was looking for information on "Caprice Classic" because that what it said on the side of an old car. Stude62 02:08, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
I was pretty sure that it was possible to get a non-"Classic" Caprice after 1977. I'm not arguing, but do you happen to have a link that would prove my memory faulty? :-) --BRossow 02:10, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
Not on me. I'll have to dig - I have sale literature, but like I said, I have to dig through my files. But the Caprice article does a pretty good job at discussing the rise of Caprice Classic. Stude62 02:16, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
For example, here are some non-"Classic" Caprices that recently went through eBay:
If you check out the deck lid emblem on all of these, you can see they are not Classics and that it's not just a case of the "Classic" portion of the emblem being removed. --BRossow 02:33, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
I offer the following:
On example 1 (1986) the car is listed as a 1986 Caprice Classic... by the person selling the vehicle.
Chilton also publishes a Chevrolet Impala, Caprice and Caprice Classic repair manual. Stude62 14:02, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
In the first example, I'm not surprised that the seller listed it as a Caprice Classic even though it's not. A week or two ago I saw someone selling a "1970 Chevy Malibu" that looked an awful lot like a 1970 Chevy Nova instead (because, of course, it was a Nova.) It's amazing how often people on eBay either (1) simply don't know what they have or (2) embellish to make their offering seem better than it really is.
I'm not sure what to make of the Chilton manual. What years does it cover?
What I'm now convinced of is that the Caprice Classic was not a separate, distinct model in the 1977-1990 body style. I don't know about 1991-96, however. On the one hand it's not a big deal, but on the other hand this is supposed to be a reference site and we need to do everything possible to make the information as accurate as possible. For the moment I'm out of energy to investigate further. --BRossow 15:12, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
This template could probably use a Latin American section, if someone out there is knowledgeable about Chevy in those markets. Atarivideomusic (talk) 05:18, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Good idea. I added the models currently available in Brazil (based on their website). I categorized it under Brazil rather than Latin America as a whole because they have more unique Chevy models than the other Latin American countries, plus the largest market. --Vossanovao< 14:23, 28 September 2009 (UTC)