This sweet ’66 has a numbers-matching 396 with 325 hp sent to the rear wheels through a TH400 automatic transmission.
As a car gets older, it gets dilapidated, rusted and after many years of being driven on the road, gets trashed. Impressively though, some cars from around 30 to 60 years ago can still be seen on the streets and in the showroom (still running), thanks to a restoration. One beneficiary of such project is a 54-years old Chevrolet Impala with its original engine. Let’s take a look and see if you’re feeling blue like me.
An Icon That Was The Impala
The Impala actually started as one of the anniversary models for GM in 1958, which marked the carmaker’s 50th year in existence. Born on that year was the Chevrolet Bel-Air Impala – the top tier of Bel-Air hardtops. For the 1959 model year, Chevrolet made the Impala a separate series, and thus the second generation of the car was born. It boasted a major redesign as it shared bodyshells with models from Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile.
This 1966 Chevrolet Impala is part of the fourth generation, which was for the 1965 model year. The 1965 Impala was hugely popular, with Chevrolet selling more than one million units in the United States – a new industry record at the time. Chevrolet’s Impala SS – a hardcore version of the car – was on sale from the 1961 to 1969 model years.
Still Glossy With Original Engine
While this 1966 Chevrolet Impala isn’t an SS (Super Sport), it is still impressive as it was able to last for nearly five and a half decades. This is thanks to the diligence of its owner or owners in keeping this 1966 Impala in running condition through proper maintenance and restoration works. It is no wonder that this Impala’s blue exterior finish remains clean and shiny, except for a dent on the trunk lid.
As mentioned, this 1966 Chevrolet Impala (VIN 164376L226474) is served by a numbers-matching 396-ci (6.5 liters) turbo-jet V8 engine that delivers 325 hp of max output to the wheels through a TH400 automatic transmission. Its transmission recently underwent service while its front suspension was completely rebuilt.
For Sale At $23,000
Inside, the black cabin of this 1966 Chevrolet Impala it doesn’t look like it is 54 years old. It may have undergone refurbishment or restoration as the analog gauges seem to be more modern. Nonetheless, getting behind the wheel of this Impala could be worthwhile as it is still capable of outpacing a good number of vehicles on the road. If you want it, you can buy it for $23,000.
Source : Hotcars