1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
1965 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
Residing on the African Savannah and confronted with a threat, the sleek, nimble, and fast Impala will take flight to outrun or confuse its competitor. Aptly named, the Chevrolet version introduced in 1958, continued to emulate its animal namesake through years of design modifications, and power options made available. In 1965, the jet age was in full swing, and automobile designers were transitioning from nonfunctional visual embellishments, to sleek, cleaner line designs for their cars. Engineers also caught on that more power will attract more buyers, and the “race” was on!
20 years ago, this car was meticulously restored using only “NOS” (new old stock) parts. Absolutely no reproduction parts for this restoration, and it shows very well today. Check out the photos for this beautiful color combination, exterior and interior. Take me back to 1965 and in style!
A frame off restoration, and as mentioned in the intro only NOS Chevrolet parts were used if something needed to be replaced. Sprayed red, and a new white convertible top which is pristine and in full working order, this car is gorgeous. High end Chevrolet SS hubcaps which emulate a turbine with a fake knockoff propeller in front and an SS logo at the hub. And the ultimate, let's throw on a set of fender skirts to really have the car ooze midcentury modern. Hey, it's the '60's baby, and this car is a great example from bowtie hood at the head to chrome tipped duals which peek out below a nice chrome bumper on the toe.
A drop of the top reveals just how nice the interior can be. From the chrome trimmed white vinyl buckets, that flank a near perfect center console to the fully optioned dash that houses a factory tachometer, AM/FM multiplex stereo which pumps out wonderful sound. A power trunk release, 4-way flasher, and throw in some factory front and rear bumper guards and a right-side mirror (are we really in 1965?) Cool! But wait…throw in some stunning red carpet, add red paint to the dash and steering column, and top this all off with a two-tone red and white original steering wheel, and now you are really talking.
A 327ci V8 attached to a smooth automatic transmission, is controlled by a floor mounted shifter. All pristine, and in an engine bay that is cleaner than most restaurant kitchens (well, maybe not), but its clean…repainted the original factory orange on the block and valve covers, new hoses and a rebuilt shiny master cylinder, and we are ready to show and go.
A solid frame, as well as floor pans, fenders, and suspension, all in very nice condition. Power steering and power drum brakes are seen, with a 12-bolt rear. Some minor rust through on the underside of the doors is seen, however with the restoration seems to have been contained.
It is hard to imagine that a full restoration was done 20 years ago, and the car literally looks like you, your wife, and kids just drove it off the showroom floor. Turn the key, listen to the purr, and feel the wind in your Brylcreemed hair, and think to yourself “life is good.”
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.