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.
"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|
|Biscayne||3,310-3,895|| $2,379-$2,877||122,400 (approx.)|
|Bel Air||3,315-3,940||$2,479-$3,053||236,600 (approx.)|