The Caprice option included a heavier frame, suspension changes, black-accented front grille and rear trim panel with Caprice nameplate, slender body sill moldings, Fleur-de-lis roof quarter emblems, color-keyed bodyside stripes and Caprice hood and dash emblems. Full wheel covers were the same as that year’s Super Sport, but the “SS” emblem in the center of the spinner was replaced by a Chevy bowtie. Caprice gained series status for the 1966 model year and was positioned as the top-line full-size Chevrolet.
This transmission remained standard until the spring of 1971, when the Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic became standard. The 1966 Caprice featured a revised grille and front bumper, and new rectangular taillights which replaced the Chevrolet-traditional triple round taillights used on Impalas since 1958, with the exception of the 1959 model. Lenses and silver trim on Caprices differed slightly from the other full-sized models.