1988, 1989 Chevrolet Caprice

1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham LS Sedan
The Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham LS Sedan was stylish yet pricey.

While the Chevrolet Caprice style endured in 1988 and 1989, Chevy's full-size coupe, which had been dumped after '82 and brought back for '84, was dumped again for '88 -- this time, for good.

Although Caprice sales as a whole had remained fairly steady during that period, the coupe was garnering fewer and fewer orders, and after building only 3,110 two-doors in '87, the body style was considered obsolete.

The demise of the coupe left a sedan, offered in Caprice, Caprice Classic, Caprice Classic Brougham, and Caprice Classic Brougham LS trim levels; and a wagon, offered in a single Caprice Classic version. A base sedan now tipped the price scale at over $12,000, and a loaded Brougham LS could top $18,000, yet they were still considered reasonably priced for the size and luxury they offered.

Base engine on all sedans was again a 140-horsepower 4.3-liter V-6 with throttle-body fuel injection, while the wagon got a carbureted 140-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 built by Oldsmobile. Optional on sedans was a 170-horsepower carbureted 5.0-liter Chevy V-8. All came only with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Little changed in the Caprice line for 1989, but as a sure sign that fuel economy was no longer a major concern, a six-cylinder engine wasn't offered in the full-size Chevy for the first time since 1976.

And in a belated concession to 1980's technology, the 5.0-liter Chevy-built V-8 that was now standard in Caprice sedans wore throttle-body fuel injection rather than a carburetor, though rated power stayed the same at 170 horsepower. A holdout in this regard was the wagon, which still carried an Olds-built 5.0-liter V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor.

Air conditioning was now standard equipment on all Caprices, as were rear shoulder belts. Despite a hefty price increase, sales didn't seem to suffer; in fact, they actually went up some, to just over 197,000.

1989 Chevrolet Caprice Estate Wagon
The only Caprice wagon offered for 1989
was this Chevrolet Caprice Estate.

1988 and 1989 Chevrolet Caprice Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

1988 Caprice

3,540-4,158

$12,030-$15,260

189,108

1989 Caprice

3,693-4,192 (approx.)

$13,865-$16,835

197,000 (approx.)

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