Have to agree...just another rebaged restroked something else...pretty usual for GM.
This was the only real Caprice IMO:
I do agree.
1977 Impala Police COPO 9C1 & SEO
LM1 350 CID V8, 4-bbl Rochester carburetor
K76 61-amp Delcotron generator
F41 Sport Suspension with oversized front and rear stabilizer bars
6C1 Heavy-duty seats
Heavy-duty valve train components
Heavy-duty suspension (springs, bushings, shock absorbers)
Performance steering gear
Special prop-shaft micro balancing
Heavy-duty brakes with larger rotors and calipers, high-temperature brake pads
15" x 7" heavy-duty steel wheels with speed-rated radial tires
Certified-accuracy police speedometer w/ 2mph increments, 120 mph
Heavy-duty radiator and transmission oil cooler
Temperature-controlled high volume fan
High capacity coolant pump
8.5" ring gear rear axle (3.08 ratio)
Many were also modified by fleet mechanics to swap the low-emission heads for higher-flow GM heads and dual exhaust, which would significantly increase horsepower.
Big steel bumpers (with upright bumper guards) that were were mounted on huge 3" spring pistons that absorbed minor parking lot impacts with little or no damage. Wide stiff leather-like bench seats that were easy to clean and a huge 20 cubic foot trunk for all your gear. And a real spare tire.
It was easy for the average mechanic to fix everything on these cars. It must have been a dream for the fleet mechanics then. All the parts were dirt cheap. Still are. Minimal electronics except the solid state ignition module.
It wasn't a '66 or '67 Chevelle, but not bad. A quasi-muscle car.
I think going techno/electro/computer-controlled crazy in these new police cars doesn't help if the reliability goes down and fleet repair costs go way up. I read an article many years ago that some departments bought large numbers of the non-computer B-body Impalas with this in mind. Maybe some are still going.
I wish I still had a car like this.