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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    'Aspire'--I used to tell people, "What? Aspire to move up to an Escort next time?!"
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,646
    This '68 Caprice wagon on BaT is sweet:

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1968-chevrolet-caprice-wagon/

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    Interesting to see that despite being a Caprice the seat trim is fairly basic, lacking even an armrest for the front bench. Nicely optioned, though if the original order had included power windows and the hidden headlight option it would be near-perfect. I expect this will pull serious money.

    Side note: this paint color is what my Cutlass came with from the factory. When I bought it in '93 it had a poor repaint done sometime in the late '70s/early '80s that was dull, beat-up and unattractive, and I didn't think the color went well with its black interior. So when I had the repaint done I was seeking a color that went better with the interior and chose the 1968 Olds red called "Scarlet", which is a nice red and people seem to like it. But if it had been ordered with a coordinating interior like this one, I would have absolutely kept the original color outside.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    Schweet!

    That Chevy is gorgeous! I love the color, in and out (similar shades to my Studebaker), and although I'd be surprised if the Rally Wheels were what the car was built with, they look great. (For some reason, I don't ever remember seeing wagons with these wheels back-in-the-day).

    As with the Caprice Classic convertibles of the next decade, until the '77's, Caprice wagons had Impala seat and door panel trim. Only thing I can think of is not throwing shade at the B-O-P wagons.

    Those tiny bumper guards always crack me up--like they'd do anything for a car of this size, LOL.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    Now that I see the window sticker, it does show 'Special Wheels and Trim', so it apparently did have the Rally Wheels from new. What a steal over the standard full-wheel covers--ten bucks and change! For the longest time, throughout the '70's and '80's I remember Rally Wheels being a $56 option for five wheels--best value on the option list.

    This car was a zone representative's car or the like, based on the notation at the top of the sticker.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 13,729
    Nice Rallye wheels on that wagon.
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  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,927
    Predictions on what the wagon will bring? Too bad about the hidden headlights indeed.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,191
    I almost bid on that Evergreen M Roadster on BaT; I now wish that I had, as it went for under $17k.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    I've said this before, but in the late sixties, to my eyes, Impala interiors (such as used in that Caprice wagon) were plusher than Pontiac Catalinas...more in line with the Ventura and Executive I think--carpeted lower door panels, etc. More standard exterior trim too. Of course, Chevy cheaped out on standard engine displacement and using a Powerglide way longer than it probably should have--and cheaped out on motor mounts, LOL--but I think they definitely put their money where you could see it back then.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    If Shifty were here, he'd have said "$7,500 tops". :)

    Already bid to $25K. I'll guess $35K.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    edited July 20
    Now that I think about it, in '68 there weren't full-size Buick and Olds wagons, and the only Pontiac big wagon with woodgrain was the Executive, and I think that interior isn't an iota better than this Chevy's. Odd then that the Bonneville wagon could not be had with woodgrain outside until 1970, and it was optional then although standard on the Executive. Weird. Although, if you got a Catalina wagon in '68 with the Ventura option, it'd have been identical in-and-out to an Executive wagon without woodgrain, so I guess they made the woodgrain standard on the Executive to differentiate it.

    Hidden headlights, meh to me. Seen too many that haven't remained working and aligned over the years, and I never like the way they look when open--especially C2 Corvettes. :)
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,195
    At the gym again... no stripes or graphics on the 300Z this time :)


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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,646
    Not sure why Chevy decided the Impala interior would be used in a Caprice wagon. Here's what the buyer missed getting. At least they could have used the door panels.

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    Hidden headlights, meh to me. Seen too many that haven't remained working and aligned over the years, and I never like the way they look when open--especially C2 Corvettes. :)

    But these ones look so good!

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,927
    I have no shame in admitting I like hidden headlights. A gimmicky thing, but it just looks cool. Like on the Ford equivalent to that Chevy:

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    edited July 20
    I'm pretty sure that except for the coupe's optional bucket seats, vinyl couldn't be had in a non-wagon Caprice then. You could get the optional "Strato-Bench" seat--bucket-like back; solid bottom cushion, center armrest--but I can't remember if that could be had with all-vinyl trim or not.

    The Caprice really did the frilly panty-cloth interior thing, probably even more than a Bonneville Brougham, back then.

    I do really like this car.

    I was never a fan of that formal roof on either the '67 or '68 Caprice coupe or Impala Custom coupe. In '69 when they started using the concave rear window, I liked it a lot more.

    That cloth '68 Caprice interior you posted is in excellent condition. I sort-of like the looks of the '67 and '68 instrument panels better without A/C (like the one you posted)--you don't have that vent way up at the top of the center of the panel that way. But I have gotten used to A/C, LOL.
  • berriberri Posts: 10,059
    I had a friend back in high school and college who bought an Opel GT. If he came over to my house in winter, he didn't need to ring the bell because of having to pound those headlights to get them to close. I liked that car though.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,502
    edited July 21
    That's quite a find. I might have seen one of these at car shows/cruise ins.
    The fins on a Fairlane 500 were curved and showy. The fins on the 57 Ranchero are from the Custom/Custom 300 series where the fin is straight and minimal.

    This pic has the Fairlane 500 side trim that's anodized aluminum, but the straight simple fin.


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  • omarmanomarman Posts: 1,763
    Not liking the exhaust exit under that '68 Caprice wagon. Noise and fumes filling up a 3 row seat interior would overwhelm both 8 track player and fresh air vents. Weird stance from that camera angle too. :s


    And that replacement gas tank looks like it's mounted lower than the frame. Tough running the pot hole courses laid out here on Columbus streets.


    But the current view under the hood is another odd thing when compared to an earlier pic posted by a previous seller.
    Current seller's engine pic on BaT:


    Compare to previous seller engine pic from old ebay listing date November 2017 here.


    Why does the "new" master cylinder look so scruffy/rusty in the BaT listing? And did somebody rattle can a bit of Chevy orange paint to somewhat tidy up a previous leak? Definitely some over spray on the A/C bracket. Should be fun to watch how high the bidding goes. Somebody wants it!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,646
    edited July 21
    I noticed that the master cylinder on that Caprice didn't look right, but not for the exterior condition. It is a very different design from what GM used for disk brake cars in '68 but I assumed that perhaps the big cars used a different MC style than the more prevalent A-bodies we see today. But that earlier pic shows the style I expected to see. Baffling. Good points on the gas tank and exhaust exit too. The gas tank is definitely too low which is odd in that, to my surprise, repro tanks for these are available, though maybe they are not made the same as the original leading to this result. The exhaust pipes are supposed to dump behind each rear wheel and not under the car which is not something I like.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    Perceptive stuff, omarman. I tend to get smitten by the beauty of the car in ads and don't look as close as I should at the underneath pics.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,910
    At the beach this week. Lots of xpensive wheels here. And done fun oldies. Saw a chrome bumper midget this morning in Burgundy.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    edited July 21
    RE: That '57 Ranchero--nice vehicle for sure.

    I love '56 Fords and also '57 and '58 Fords. I know some don't like the 'bugeye' look of the '57 but how lost is it on (probably) most people that it actually outsold Chevy that year?!

    I always thought it was funny that the '58 Ranchero still had the round '57 taillights instead of the units used on all other '58 Fords.
  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 11,246
    RE.: That beautiful gray '68 Caprice coupe bench seat photo above....

    I know anybody can do whatever they want to their own car, but who'd think that putting a 'necker's knob' on a car with such an original, luxury interior was a good idea?!
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,646
    Just be glad he didn't drill the A-pillar to install a spotlight.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 32,910
    A prowler drove by this afternoon.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,646
    stickguy said:

    A prowler drove by this afternoon.

    Hope they didn't steal anything.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 47,927
    Now that pics are back, I recall a couple of spots at the local specialty car dealership a couple weeks back:

    John Voight was visiting:



    Looks like a nice normal Fiero:



    But I can suspect it can be a handful to drive:


  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,502
    edited July 21

    RE: That '57 Ranchero--nice vehicle for sure.

    I love '56 Fords and also '57 and '58 Fords. I know some don't like the 'bugeye' look of the '57 but how lost is it on (probably) most people that it actually outsold Chevy that year?!

    I always thought it was funny that the '58 Ranchero still had the round '57 taillights instead of the units used on all other '58 Fords.

    I had forgotten the 58's having the 57 taillights. I knew I had seen 58 double taillights when I was browsing pictures.

    Then I went back for a second look.



    58 Ranchero. Right? Not.

    It's a station wagon cut down. Compare the tailgates.




    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/looking-for-ford-experts-to-identify-1958-ranchero-rare.1076403/





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  • berriberri Posts: 10,059
    Did they steal those blue dot lights off a 49 Mercury B)
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 2,806
    What was the reason or appeal for the blue dot tail lights?

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 117,584
    sda said:

    What was the reason or appeal for the blue dot tail lights?

    K-Mart company car?

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