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Junkyard Gem: 350,000-mile ex-taxi 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

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For most of the 1990s through well into the current decade, nearly all American taxis were

1992-2012 Ford Crown Victorias

(and most of those were

P71 Police Interceptors

that served rough stints in law enforcement


being thrashed as taxis for another decade or so). Before that, though, the

box Caprice

, made for the 1977 through 1990 model years, performed the bulk of taxi duties in this country. Here’s a final-model-year Caprice with lots of taxi miles, finally at the end of its long road in a Denver self-service wrecking yard.

Junked 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

The CERTIFIED label to the lower left of the speedo face means that this car started life as a

police car

; the lack of spotlight holes in the A pillar means that the car wasn’t a black-and-white patrol unit (unless the cab company filled in the holes with body filler later on).

Earlier Caprices

(and maybe non-cop 1990 models) got five-digit odometers, so you can’t tell a 350,664-mile car from a 150,664-mile car.

Junked 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

Someone shot a quickie layer of blue paint over the cab livery, but wasn’t too worried about hiding the car’s origins. How many trips to Stapleton Airport and (after 1995) Denver International Airport did this cab make during its career? Or did it come to Denver from some other city?

Junked 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

The original owner’s manual is still inside.

Junked 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

The 1990 Caprice got something of a bad reputation after a couple of murderous psychotics

used one for their rampage

in 2002, but we should forget about that and think of these cars as the final representatives of the period when full-sized boxy sedans ruled American roads.

Junked 1990 Chevrolet Caprice

I still

see these cars


my junkyard visits

, but their numbers are dwindling fast.

“The traditional full-size comfort and prestige you’ve earned.”

from Autoblog