1991 Chevrolet Caprice

1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ
The re-styled 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic LTZ
drew mixed reviews.

The 1991 Chevrolet Caprice, one of the last traditional large American cars with rear-wheel drive and body-on-frame construction, was restyled for the new year's models, its first major appearance change in 14 years. Both a four-door sedan and five-door wagon returned, but model choices were initially trimmed to a base wagon and just two sedans: base and Classic.

Later in the year, a sportier LTZ sedan was added. Though riding the same basic chassis used since being "downsized" for 1977, the '91 Caprices sported a more aerodynamic profile.

Wheelbase remained at 115.9 inches, but the rounded bodies gained two inches in both length and width, along with 200 pounds of added heft. The wagon stretched three inches longer than the sedan and weighed nearly a quarter-ton more, tipping the scales at a titanic 4,354 pounds.

Inside, a new dashboard sat behind a driver-side air bag, and three-point seatbelts were added for outboard rear-seat occupants. Under the skin, anti-lock brakes were now standard, but the powertrain carried over from before: a 170-horsepower throttle-body-injected 5.0-liter V-8 matched to a four-speed automatic transmission.

Base price of the sedan rose by nearly $2,000 to $16,515, but that included such items as the air bag and anti-lock brakes that weren't offered in the old car. Caprice production rebounded to about 217,000, but the recovery would prove to be short-lived.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
This 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
shows off the model's new, rounded style.

1991 Chevrolet Caprice Facts

Model

Weight range (lbs.)

Price range (new)

Number built

Caprice

3,907-4,354

$16,515-$18,470

217,461

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