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RealRides of WNY #2463 ......................... 1971 Chevrolet Caprice

January 4, 2023

RealRides of WNY #2463 ......................... 1971 Chevrolet Caprice


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. 
– Although it’s not too apparent in these photos, this 1971 Chevrolet Caprice Custom Coupe is equipped with the flow-through ventilation system which came standard on every full-size 1971 General Motors automobile (you can read about it here @ bangshift.com). The feature was dropped after only one year due to problems with — are you ready for it? — water in the trunk. An intricate collection/drainage system was designed to collect and get rid of any water which might(?) come in through a set of trunklid louvres (you can see part of it in the bottom photo). Unfortunately, if (when) the drainage tubes clogged, the water backed-up into the trunk compartment. Rear windows and trunk lids on the Caprice and Impala Custom Coupes were different from those on the Impala Sport Coupe. The sport Coupe is on the left in the photo below; the Custom Coupe is on the right. You can see the louvres better in these photos, and understand the potential problem. Today’s RealRide was seen with a For Sale sign in the window, in a city lot back in 2010.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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