96 Caprice 9C1 - The Best Beater
(Warning, long post.)
I just got a new (to me) 96 9C1 to use as a second car. I had a 95 ex- Texas DPS car that I bought fresh out of service in 1999 and I liked it so much I went through a 95 Roadmaster Wagon, 95 Impala SS, and even had a 96 Cadillac Brougham (Father-in-law's car). They all had the LT-1 drivetrain and were great cars but the last one was gone by 2004.
My wife and I are both retired and tried living with one car, a large crossover SUV, but that did not work too well. I have a couple of hobby cars but I didn't want to use them as daily drivers and definitely didn't want to pay what they wanted for a newer car. When this 96 popped up it was the perfect compromise so I jumped on it.
This car was also just out of service from Santa Clara County in California and has just under 95,000 miles. Its an unmarked version with carpet, cloth seats, no spots, wheelcovers, and no holes except for a plugged one in the trunklid. Its got the LT-1 and full 9C1 package, posi, base radio, power mirrors, rear defogger, and not much else. Best part, its DGGM, my favorite Impala color, with a grey interior.
It came off the truck yesterday and looked exactly as represented. A quick checkover showed everything working except the hood release! I pulled off the release lever, luckily the only problem was the cable had slipped out of its bracket. I'll be checking it over more closely and will report what I find.
1996 Caprice 9C1