1983 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic
The 1983 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic was rumored to be facing extinction, but the model persisted, albeit with a trimmed model lineup. Gone was the Caprice coupe, the last two-door version, and the Impala wagon.
Gone, too, was the smaller 4.4-liter V-8, which was never very popular, even during the gas-crisis days. That left the 3.8-liter 110-horsepower Chevy V-6 as the base powerplant (though Californians once again got a similar Buick-built engine), with options being the 150-horsepower 5.0-liter gas V-8 (standard on wagons) and 105-horsepower 5.7-liter diesel V-8. With all engines, a three-speed automatic transmission was standard, a four-speed automatic optional.
Since these were lean years for Chevrolet, and GM in general, it was probably difficult to justify a replacement for the aging full-size cars. But with gas prices stabilizing and buyers once again leaning toward larger vehicles and V-8 engines, it was hard for Chevy to dismiss sales that continued to hover near 200,000 units annually.
And the Impala and Caprice -- despite the loss of their coupes -- were not only selling better than the year before, they were selling better than any other Chevrolet.
1983 Chevrolet Impala and Caprice Classic Facts
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