• High level concours quality restoration
• Very rare big-block 427 V-8 engine
• Driven sparingly since full restoration
427 cid L36 Turbo-Jet V-8 engine rated at 385 HP, GM Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission, independent coil spring front suspension, rigid axle coil spring rear suspension, front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 119"
At the height of the musclecar wars in the late 1960s, it was anyone’s guess who would ultimately win the horsepower race. This was a time when a ride down to the local AMC, Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler dealer was all it took to drive away with a car that could pound out massive horsepower. Cars like Ford Mustang Mach I, the Dodge Daytona 500, the American Motors AMX, and the Plymouth Superbird were built for all-out speed and nothing else. Most of these stripped down power kings were void of any creature comforts; they didn’t need them, as their only mission was to win the race. Most Friday night street prowlers were intermediate size cars, but occasionally one of the Big-Three’s larger cars entered the ring. Among these was the legendary Impala, a car that is still built today. Buyers for the Impala had a wide array of engine choices, but none spoke performance louder than the 427 cubic-inch V-8. Chevrolet’s big-block V-8s could be found in anything from an Impala to a Corvette, but any car that was fitted with one of these huge engines turned the average sleeper into a neck snapping car that was capable of a blistering performance. In the present day, the Chevrolet 427 big-block V-8 is a legendary engine that earned its excellent reputation one quarter mile at a time.
The 1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 convertible offered here is arguably one of the best in existence. Nothing was overlooked in returning this amazing piece of GM history to a level of authenticity that is seldom seen. Finished in striking Island Teal, the smooth and sensuous lines of the Impala are nicely highlighted with this attractive color. Riding on a 119-inch wheelbase, the Impala was a big car, but its excellent proportions made it a perfect design. All chrome on this Impala is nicely refinished and all stainless trim has been expertly polished to a high luster. All glass is perfectly clear with no scratches or hazing and all weather stripping is new. The convertible top is new and is in excellent working order. This Impala rides on GM factory Rally wheels with red line performance tires for a period-correct look. On the inside, one quickly realizes that this is a well-optioned car with power windows, power seats, AM/FM radio, and even an 8-track tape player. In keeping with its performance image, a set of bucket seats with a center console looks sporty and is comfortable. The only item missing on this Impala is air-conditioning, which was not available with the 427 option. Under the hood, the impressive 427 cubic-inch big-block V-8 is a marvel of engineering with its massive chrome valve covers and huge engine block. The concours level restoration on this Impala is clearly evident in the time and precision taken in returning the engine compartment to factory correct condition. All wiring is neat and tidy and all hoses and clamps are correct. The Turbo Jet 385 HP factory decal on top of the air cleaner is perfectly reproduced. All of this power is sent to the rear wheels though a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. The true essence of this stellar musclecar is found in the sound of the commanding growl that emanates from its factory dual exhaust. The perfection of this car is evident in the fact that it has been driven sparingly since its restoration, making essentially a brand new car.
Perhaps this Impala offers the best of both worlds; after all, it’s a car that offers performance beyond compare, but it also offers a highly-defined degree of comfort. A large and spacious interior has plenty of room for the family, but it also holds its immense power in reserve until just the right time when the open road calls. This Impala, with its excellent restoration and power accessories, is a car that offers both performance and style in the same package.
1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 Convertible