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1966 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala and Caprice
In 1966, the Chevrolet Impala SS V-8 convertible was the best-selling SS model.
In 1966, the Chevrolet Impala SS V-8 convertible was the best-selling SS model.

The 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice were marked by blockier body lines as well as new fenders, bumpers, grille and rectangular wraparound taillights.

A 427-cubic-inch V-8 debuted -- an enlargement of the 396-cubic-inch Mark IV engine -- developing 390 or 425 horsepower. Also available: a 396-cubic-inch V-8 rated at 325 horses, and a 327. Hardtop models got new perimeter frames and body mounts as Chevrolet promised a "Jet-smoother ride." Each series -- Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice -- included a station wagon. Three-speed column gearshifts were fully synchronized in all forward gears.

The 1966 Chevrolet Caprice Custom Coupe had its own distinct roofline.
The 1966 Chevrolet Caprice Custom Coupe had its own distinct roofline.

"Bucketed, bountiful and bent on sport," the Super Sports had new slim-profile Strato-bucket seats. Impala remained the family favorite, but the posher Caprice became a separate series as a result of the nameplate's 1965 success -- when marketed as an option. Aiming at Ford's upscale LTD and billed as the "most luxurious Chevrolet yet," the four-model Caprice series was strictly V-8-powered.

Caprices could have optional reclining Strato-back front seating. The Caprice Custom Coupe got a more formal, "one-of-a-kind" roofline with decorative exhaust ports under the rear window. Like its four-door counterpart, the coupe featured wide rocker sill moldings, dual color-keyed striping, and fleur de lis emblems on roof quarters.

1966 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Biscayne3,310-3,895
$2,379-$2,877
122,400 (approx.)
Bel Air
3,315-3,940
$2,479-$3,053
236,600 (approx.)
Impala
3,430-4,005
$2,678-$3,189
654,900 (approx.)
Impala SS
3,460-3,630
$2,842-$3,199
119,314
Caprice
3,600-4,020
$3,000-$3,347
181,000