The Chevrolet SS is an excellent rear-wheel-drive, full-size sedan that combines excellent performance, a large interior, and the typical charm of an American muscle car — just on a subtler, more practical scale. Unfortunately, a new SS starts at $47,500 with shipping. That’s pretty expensive. And so, for those of you who don’t have the budget for the SS … there’s this.
Behold, this 2013 Chevrolet Caprice — also a rear-wheel-drive, full-size sedan with a giant honkin’ V8 under the hood. Admittedly, it isn’t quite the same V8 as the SS: While the SS uses a 425-horsepower 6.2-liter unit, the Caprice makes do with a 355-hp 6.0-liter V8 — but that isn’t exactly what we’d call underpowered. In fact, this Caprice will do zero to 60 in under six seconds. See the 2013 Chevrolet Caprice models for sale near you
Most importantly: This Caprice is available for just $12,985 at Colonial Ford in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And, best of all, it has only had one loving owner.
Of course, if you know the story of the Caprice, you know exactly who that owner was: a police force. That’s because Chevy decided to import the feature-filled SS from Australia and sell it to normal people, like you and me, while simultaneously bringing over the more basic Caprice and offering it only to government fleets. The result is that you can’t really buy a Caprice new — but as this listing proves, you can buy one used, and at a fairly reasonable price.
The drawbacks? Well, for one, police miles aren’t exactly easy on a car. You’ll also have a pretty basic interior with half the center console ripped out, since it formerly housed police gear that isn’t included in the sale. And while the front seats are typical cloth, the back seats are vinyl — easier for hosing down if you’re transporting a suspect who’s had a little too much to drink.
Still, just consider it: thirteen grand for a V8-powered rear-drive Chevy sedan that nobody thinks is fast. Imagine the excitement. Imagine the fun. Imagine all the people who will move out of the way because they think you’re a police officer. Find a 2013 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.
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