The Older Automobile Red BookTM covers the previous eleven years of automobile/light truck identification with high/low values offering the most complete listing of older vehicles available. Includes VIN identifiers, major options, MSRP and GVW.
On The Cover Review: 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle
Chevrolet basically gave up their police fleet business to the Ford Crown Victoria in 1997 after the demise of the rear-wheel-drive Caprice. Front-wheel-drive Luminas and Impalas loosely filled the gap in the interim, but they were never a threat to Ford’s dominance. Chevrolet does make a rear-drive Caprice for several foreign markets, however, and in 2011 it looks as if this car is going to come to the U.S. strictly for police applications just in time for the aged Crown Victoria’s discontinuation. The Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle is similar to the much-lauded Pontiac G8, another car that won’t be available anymore thanks to the shuttering of the Pontiac Division. It will be a bit longer and better-suited for police use, though, and powered by a Corvette-derived 6.0-liter V8 producing 355-hp. Right now, there are no plans to sell this car to the public. Of course, right now General Motors is in no position to introduce a performance-enriched rear-wheel-drive sedan whether it would sell or not, lest they appear to be spending tax money on something harmful to the earth. That climate could change in a few years, however, and if people decide they want this car in their own driveways—you never know what might happen.
Eight years of commercial trailer identification, popular options and values. Includes dumps, vans, refrigerated, tanks, flatbeds and many others with glossary and VIN identifiers.
On The Cover Review: 2010 Nissan 370Z
Not many Japanese makes sold in the U.S. have a true heritage nameplate in their lineup, but Nissan’s Z-car has a place in our automotive history. The 370Z replaced the 350Z for the 2009 model year, and as they have throughout the Z’s lifespan, Nissan has tried to keep a balance between performance and relative value. The 3.7-liter V6 knocks out a respectable 332-hp, and the sporty intent of this car is evident everywhere from the suspension to the seating position. The original Z—the 240—came to the United States in 1969 under the Datsun banner. It had a modern long-nose, short deck layout reminiscent of the Corvette of the day, but it certainly wasn’t a big-block Vette fighter. Nor was it trying to be. The Z was more of a slick exercise in technology and road-holding ability. And that’s what you’ll still find today. Additionally, the 370Z addresses some of the criticisms of interior cheapness that the 350Z was subjected to, so now the tactile and visual experience from behind the wheel better reflects the cutting-edge feel of the rest of the car.