1991 Chevrolet Caprice
The fourth generation Chevrolet Caprice was a necessary replacement for the previous model, an ageing and rectangular holdout from 1977. While the previous generation of the full-sized premium car had been angular but balanced in its proportions, the replacement swung much too far the other way. The next model was rounded with skirted rear wheel wells that people called a “beached whale” and an “upside down bathtub.” No one liked the design in styling clinics and sales were worse than expected.
The Caprice was yet another car from The General with an amazing powertrain (first the L03 and L05 and then the iconic LT1) but mediocre fittings. Remarkably, this wagon shared its LT1 V8 with the Corvette, albeit detuned and with an unreliable ignition. Despite its styling errors, the Caprice Estate was a stately vehicle with an upper-class sense of style, the last gasp of a traditional domestic wagon from Chevrolet. It was the end of an era when the Caprice was put out to pasture in 1996.