If you’re looking for a good deal on a rear-wheel-drive V8-powered full-size sedan, your first thoughts probably relate to the Dodge Charger — or, if your budget is a little tighter, maybe the Ford Crown Victoria. But here’s a lesser-known vehicle you probably should consider: a Chevy Caprice police car.
Specifically, you might want to consider this Chevy Caprice police car, because it’s the cheapest one on Autotrader, and it seems like an impressive deal. Offered by Chicago Motors, a used-car dealership in Chicago, for $7,795, it has covered 151,000 miles from new — admittedly a high number — and it looks to be in excellent shape.
If you don’t know much about the Caprice, here’s the deal: It was only offered to fleets — such as police forces — and it was imported from Australia, much like its civilian counterpart, the Chevy SS. The Caprice is a big rear-wheel-drive full-size sedan, just like the police vehicles of old — and while a V6 was standard, this one is powered by a big 6.0-liter V8 that makes about 350 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. In other words: This thing hauls.
And that’s good news for shoppers who miss the big old rear-wheel-drive sedans police departments once used before they largely traded in their Crown Victorias for Tauruses and Explorers. This car is the old-fashioned rear-wheel-drive police special, and I’m surprised how relatively inexpensive it is — just $7,800 for a fairly modern rear-wheel-drive V8-powered Chevy. And if it sells, there are other options, as there are many others under ten grand. Not a bad deal for a car like this. Find a Chevrolet Caprice for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.