The Chevrolet Caprice first stood on its own as a Chevy nameplate for the 1986 model year and would come to identify more than a decade's worth of traditional full-size Chevrolet cars.

1986 Chevrolet Caprice sedan side view
The Chevrolet Caprice delivered affordable luxury. The
1986 Caprice
sedan is pictured above.  See more
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This article chronicles the years in which Caprice was the singular big Chevy and gained distinction as one of the few old-style body-on-frame full-size cars still made in America.

In reality, these Caprices were extensions of the big-Chevy design that had debuted for 1977. These cars variously wore Impala, Caprice, and Caprice Classic badging, and you can learn about many of them by checking out our Chevrolet Impala article.

In the pages of this article, you'll discover how the Chevrolet Caprice proudly upheld a Chevy tradition, offering a wide range of trim and equipment, from a workaday V-6 sedan to the luxurious and grandly named Caprice Classic LS Brougham.

1996 Chevrolet Caprice sedan front view
The Caprice was among the last body-on-frame big cars.
This is a 1996 Caprice.

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