1977 Chevrolet Caprice Estate woodside taken by nature

Barnfind survivor car consumed by the elements in the redwoods of Northern California.

This 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Estate is actually still in running condition. Used once a month, it sits next to a barn in Guerneville, California. 

1977 Chevrolet Caprice Estate with woodside option parked near a barn among the redwoods in northern California

Fall is turning the color of the leaves and the rain and fog has started to grow moss. In this case, moss is growing on the window trims. The woody sides are blending into the scene with a weathered patina and the rust in the hood and roof are matching the barn.

Moss is growing on the sills and trim of this 1977 Chevrolet Caprice wagon in the northern California forests

Hard to believe this 1977 heavyweight was the new lighter version of the Chevrolet Caprice range. Dubbed Project 77 this model was Chevrolet’s most changed model ever and part of the project was to drastically lighten the overall weight while increasing interior legroom and passenger space. The wagon was then 14 inches shorter than previous models. The wheelbase of the sedan was the same as a Chevelle of the time. This wagon was the first model to receive a three way tailgate and the clamshell tailgate was now fully obsolete. Rear facing third row seats also became an option in 1977.

Finally the headlight dimmer switch was moved to the modernized position, from the floor to the indicator switch. Although some of us might still prefer the floor switch dimmer. The standard V8 engine was now an option and the old 250 cubic inch straight six was the new standard engine to meet fuel consumption standards for the time. This package took the big Chevrolet to number one sales by volume in 1977. Motoring commentators agreed with the public and some awarded the ’77 Chevrolet Caprice range the Car of the Year with ‘Car and Driver’, at the time, suggesting it was the best full-sized Chevrolet ever produced.


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