• Numbers matching 396/325 V-8
• Four-speed and power steering
• Equipped with factory style vintage air-conditioning
396 cid V-8 with 325 HP, Muncie four-speed transmission, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, front and rear coil spring suspension; wheelbase: 119"
The automotive landscape has changed immensely over the past half century. Indeed, the modern automobile bears very little resemblance to anything built decades ago. What then could we possibly say about a car that was introduced back in 1958 and is still in production today? With nothing more than a brief interlude in the late 1980s, the Chevrolet Impala is still one of General Motors' flagship cars. Named after the incredible South African animal that can leap more than ten feet in a single bound, the Impala represented an allure of both glamour and performance as Chevrolet’s full-size car. Its versatility was demonstrated by the fact that it was available as a sedan, hard top, convertible, and even a wagon. Several V-8 engine options were also available and, despite its large size, the Impala had no trouble keeping up with anything else on the road. Yes, it’s hard to believe that a car that was introduced back in 1958 is still prowling the road but, with great looks and excellent performance, it’s always been a winner.
Offered here is a fourth generation Impala that checks all of the boxes in style and performance. Finished in Regal Red this Impala convertible underwent a two year restoration in 2014 that returned it to factory new condition. It has been driven a mere 1,000 miles since and still retains its “as-new” appearance. The fourth generation Impala ran on a 119-inch wheelbase that was beautifully styled, and handled as well as it looked. Bumpers are nicely accented by a thin rocker molding and midline trim spear that ran the full length of the car. The paint finish on this example is concours-level and presents very well and all weather stripping and seals are new. It rides on correct 15-inch wheels with factory GM hubcaps and thin whitewall tires that give it just the right look for a car from the 1960s. The power-operated convertible top is new and also has its parade boot. The Impala name is spelled out with the leaping likeness of its namesake just behind the front wheel arch, but it’s the crossed flags emblem up front that screams for attention on this car. Indeed, the 396 emblem spoke volumes of what lurked under the hood. The massive 396 cubic-inch V-8 pounded out a full 325 ponies making the Impala a force to be reckoned with at any Friday night street fight. The engine in this Impala is the matching unit for this car and was rebuilt to original factory specifications by Jupiter Performance. The engine compartment is superbly detailed with correct factory colors, wiring, belts, battery, and hose clamps. As a performance car, this Impala uses a Muncie four-speed transmission that gives it the true musclecar feel. All suspension components were restored to factory specs with authentic parts and the undercarriage of this Impala looks as nice as the exterior. Power steering makes handling a breeze and a modern air-conditioning system is neatly routed to appear as factory original and makes summer cruising a true pleasure. The interior is expertly restored and a list of options indicates that this was a “special order” car. Amenities include a tachometer, remote control driver’s mirror, and a rare AM/FM radio that is factory stock and still works fine. Most unusual is that this 325 horsepower car was built with a bench seat, a rarity that gives this Impala a look of its own.
Few cars can lay claim to a lineage back to the 1950s, but the Impala was a car that always had a high place in the Chevrolet line-up. Perhaps it was the versatility of its platform that made its success, but its clean lines and fine styling always looked great. This Impala from 1966 is a car that represents the very pinnacle of fine styling in a full size car; just the right amount of chrome and a balanced design coupled with a powerful engine made for a car like no other. For the very best in a matching numbers car with an excellent restoration, this Impala is ready to be driven, shown and enjoyed.
1966 Chevrolet Impala Convertible