Here's a funny thing: Many of Detroit's "last convertibles" were more numerous than earlier models. Take Chevrolet's last big ragtop, the 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, which saw 8349 copies versus 4670 for the similar '74. Well, that's what happens when people hear that something is endangered and rush to buy before it's all gone.

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1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
The 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic included a
175-horsepower 400 V-8 linked to Turbo Hydramatic transmission.
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Chevy's full-size convertible had long been an exclusive member of the top-line Impala series when the Caprice bowed in 1965 as an even finer, more luxurious big bow-tie that eventually overtook Impala in sales. The ragtop belatedly migrated to the Caprice camp for '73, allowing Chevy to clear more money on each one. Still, the '75 was reasonably priced for the day at $5113, which included rich upholstery, major power assists, and a smooth (if thirsty) 175-horsepower 400 V-8 linked to Turbo Hydramatic transmission.

Of course, there have been other ragtop Chevys since, but none as sumptuous as this Caprice. And sadly for convertible lovers, there probably won't be again.

For more classic convertibles of the 1970s, see:

1960 Dodge Polara
1960 Edsel Ranger
1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner
1962 Dodge Polara 500
1963 Chevrolet Impala SS
1963 Ford Falcon Futura
1963 Plymouth Sport Fury
1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona
1965 Chrysler 300L
1965 Rambler American 440
1966 Chevrolet Corvair Monza
1968 Mercury Park Lane
1969 Plymouth Road Runner
1969 Shelby GT-500
1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7
1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale
1975 Pontiac Grand Ville1976 Cadillac Eldorado


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