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View Poll Results: 1965/1968 Caprice, LTD or VIP
1965 Caprice 7 46.67%
1965 LTD 3 20.00%
1965 VIP 2 13.33%
1968 Caprice 3 20.00%
1968 LTD 3 20.00%
1968 VIP 1 6.67%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 02-02-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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More requests.... more polls. This is a little older than the other polls recently.

Chevrolet Caprice - Ford LTD - Plymouth VIP

These were the "fanciest" Chevrolets, Fords and Plymouths for 1968 and 1965. Which one do you like better?

The 1968s..... (sorry no interior photos)
Caprice


LTD


VIP


and.... 1965s......
First year Caprice (1965)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=23921 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=23925 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=23928 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

First year LTD (1965)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=43493 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=43500 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)
http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=43509 &g2_serialNumber=2 (broken link)

First year VIP (1965) (sorry, I could not find any good factory photos of the VIP - this is a 66' - much the same as the 65'.

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Old 02-02-2009, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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The '68 LTD, my first car, the old man's hand-me-down. He bought it new. Only had it about a year (till winter '75) when tinworm took the frame.

Remember, sentimental rules apply here. There's no other reason I'd ever want one again. The thing was jinxed the day it left the factory. Arrived on the delivery truck with beige front and rear driver's side fenders. The rest of the car was all white with black vinyl roof as ordered. The fan blade came off and ripped right thru the radiator at less than 5k miles. The back brakes locked solid and required a tow to a Maryland dealer at 10k. Cruise control locked on mom one time and it took me to remind her that neutral would solve the problem before she killed us all. It surrendered to the tinworm as soon as it first saw road salt and body putty never found a finer welcome then it did on this Ford. But again, sentimental....

In retrospect, it still puzzles me why dad stuck with Fords. The '62 Galaxie needed a motor at less than 50k and dad was a freak about proper car care. The '65 LTD dropped a gas tank to rust before we bought the '68. The '73 LTD made it to '76 when it too died of tinworm disease. He finally saw the light and started on Caprices
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Thats a very neat and interesting story. Sounds like you have good memories of cars back then. My dad was never a Ford guy, so we never had a big Ford (other than a couple of 70s Lincolns). Dad was always a Chevy guy in the 70s and still is really, but only likes the older ones. I am not much of a Ford person either, but do like the 1971-78 Ford LTD Broughams and Country Squire wagons... especially the 1973-78 models.

My great aunt (83 years old now and still with us) bought a Country Squire brand new in 1977. It was brown with woodgrain and dark brown interior... it was LOADED to the max with all options and had the Brougham interior option. She had it until the early 2000s, then she sold it for $300 (yes, $300) to a guy that only wanted it for the engine! It was still like new - typical southern car - NO rust - always garaged. I had no idea she was selling it, or I would have bought it so fast. On ebay, she could have probably got about $6000 for that car. I was crushed when I learned of it. Her husband (now passed on) had a 1973 Impala 2dr hardtop - green on green - very nice. Sold for $400!

NOW, she has a 2002 Ford Windstar minivan. 83 years old and still drives regularly.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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1965 Plymouth Fury for me. One of my brothers owned a '66 Fury III with 318 V-8 engine. A 2-door hardtop with auto trans.

My choice would be either that engine or the 383-cu-in. Definitely NOT a 6-cylinder!
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:45 AM
 
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Default we had

a sky blue 66 Galaxie 500 which started peeling paint (is that the tinworm disease you refer to?) around 1974. Also the brake master cylinder decided to bust when we were coming home from the beach on a parkway. it was frightening but we made it right to firestone tires station who told us the master cylinder was shot. in early 75 we sold it and got a new 75 buick regal. we had enough of the ford

i thought our ford was quiet riding and solid but i was not inspired by it at all. as a little kid who loved the 72 and 73 mopars i started to dislike our ford. i don't care for the plymouth of the 60's as they seem tacky to me. i could not vote for any of the 60's cars as they don't inspire me at all
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Southern NH
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The 65 Impala convertible was a very nice looking car. I don't know if there was a Caprice convertible in 65...
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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.....is that the tinworm disease you refer to?
The dreaded tinworm is of course a fictional creature, as much real as Santa and leprechauns. But to those of us in the rust belt, we've seen the damage they can do when given free run on metal with a little assist from road salt.

The little buggers find that fresh new car and just exist until they find an opening where they can start their destruction. Then they send out the mass invitation to a party on your frame or fenders. Manic breeding takes place and the party continues. Oh, you might attack them with sprays, sanders and try to bury them in rustproofing goop but that just makes those that survive mad. Corner them and they fight harder, usually winning in the end.

Closely related to the "peelers", the little buggers that do nothing all day but search for weak spots in your paint. This is their only goal. Once a breach is found they pull out all stops to ruin your finish.

Sorry, both are quite camera shy so no pictures exist.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I don't know if there was a Caprice convertible in 65...
Unfortunately no. The only big convertible Chevy offered during those years was the Impala and that was right up through 1972. In 1973, Chevrolet changed it and made the convertible from the more luxurious Caprice line and that lasted until I think 1975 when it was the last year for the big Chevy convertible.

Starting about 1967 through I think 1969, there was a sporty Impala SS convertible available as well.

I like the 65' Caprice the best too. Looks like its the choice of others as well. It was actually a trim option on the 65' Impala 4dr hardtop, but it was so popular, Chevy made it a seperate model for 1966 and added a coupe and station wagon (with woodgrain) to the line-up. This in fact was the first Chevy station wagon with the simulated woodgrain siding.... which was a trend that lasted until 1996 when the Caprice model was cancelled.

One of my favorite cars in 1965 was the Impala station wagon.

http://i5.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/b7/34/58a7_1.JPG (broken link)

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