Bring the Kids: 1967 Chevrolet Impala Wagon

For children of the 60’s, driving the family station wagon to the prom was considered a punishment, as if shackled to an effigy of lameness with rear jump seats. Today, however, the extended versions of America’s more popular domestic sedans have achieved a new level of cool, especially when equipped with hi-po motors. Though the ’67 Impala featured here comes with the no-frills 283, it does have a rare three-speed manual to liven things up. Find this survivor wagon here on eBay with the current bid at $12,600 and the reserve met.

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of this classic cruiser is its low mileage, with only 31,000 on the clock. The preserved condition is evident throughout, with an as-new interior and still-shiny Taho Turquoise metallic paint. The blue vinyl benches and rear jump seat are crack-free and clean, free from the muddy shoes and fast-food wrappers often associated with family vehicles. With room for nine passengers, this makes today’s excitement over an SUV equipped with a third-row seat seem inane. We’d take the Impala to soccer practice over a generic minivan any day of the week, and our guess is that the kids would love it, too.

This land barge has reportedly been using sparingly over the last few years, making the occasional trip to the store and not much else. Although the layer of dust adds to the mystique of a garage find like this, its recent registration sticker confirms that the Impala did turn a wheel every so often. Though we wish it was equipped the optional 327, the 283 is said to run smooth and quiet nestled inside a squeaky-clean engine bay. With close to 200 b.h.p. on tap and the three-on-the-tree shifter, keeping up with traffic shouldn’t pose an issue. In case you want to check towing capacities and warranty info, all of the original documents and owner’s manual are included.

The matching dog-dish hubcaps give the Impala a street-tough image, similar to factory sleepers of the era. Many of the car’s original details, including the chrome, gauges, engine bay stickers and glass all remain in excellent condition, and make us curious to know who the super-meticulous previous owner was. The seller claims that this car is original in every way. All electrics work and the dash is crack-free, but the lack of A/C means you’ll want to keep the window-rollers well-oiled.

The ’67 Impala Wagon appeals on many levels, from the collector looking to preserve a time capsule to the open-minded parent who seeks the safety of thick sheet metal rather than airbags. The lack of DVD-entertainment systems, iPod docks and power doors reminds us of a time when families traveled the countryside and acres of glass provided all the entertainment one could ever want. Although temporarily retired from its tike-carting duties, we’re confident this arrow-straight hauler could resume its role in the family fleet with ease.

Comments

  1. P L S.

    I’ve been the odd one of my group of friends in that I have owned many Wagons. Their utility, solidity, and fun factor at the drive in were matchless – this car has 2 appeals for me – wagon, AND my favorite – ’67 Impala – it was my first car, (the 2 door fastback model, however) and I’ve had another through the years. The interest (and the price!!!) of this wagon is surprising to me, but they were solid and dependable rides – I’d buy it in a minute if I won the lottery !

  2. Jitters

    I’m usually a convertible guy, but I really like this car for some reason. Wish I had the space for it, but that’s not possible for another year or two. The three-on-the-tree seals the deal for me. Would rather have that over a more-optioned version of the same car without ever thinking twice!

  3. J. Pickett

    I’ve owned 3 wagons, no minivans, and 2 suv’s. I still like the old wagon. A hauler that drove like a car and rode like one. Forget AC roll that rear window down and use those front no-draft, vents. plenty of breeze.

  4. Catfishphil

    This reminds me so much of our family’s ’67 Belaire Wagon… the front end and interior are very similar. Love it!

  5. Utes

    The simplicity of this iconic piece of Americana, in better times, deserves the preservationists rescue. What better example could one acquire to bring back those good ‘ol days of 3-on-the-tree when gas was almost free…

  6. Foxxy

    My mother had a ’59 Parkwood wagon. I remember learning to drive in it. She didn’t like wagons, but with 5 kids it was needed. When we would travel in it my Dad would say it was flying when a big truck would pass us going the other way. He said the rear end would float a little. it had a 283 automatic. It would climb our mountains easily, even when loaded. In those days a small V8 had more shit than after the smog folks got a hold of them in the 70’s.

  7. Pete

    I think I was concieved in the back of one of those!

    Our family had a 69 Ponttiac tempest safari with the woodgrain side and air conditioning ( which we never used because it killed the gas mileage, so says my Dad). it was my Dads first new family car. I haven’t seen too many since we sold it in the mid eighties.
    Awesome looking wagon!

  8. Wil

    My Dad had one of these with the 327 option and (if I remember right) the three-on-the-tree. I learned to drive a manual by bombing around in the back fields of our farm in Maine with an old Jeep chassis with a seat bolted into it. When it was time for me to go see my Mom (they were divorced), I would get to drive that big old barge to Logan Airport, a 2.5hr. drive on I-95. I was in heaven, 15yrs. old at the time. God Bless that ol’ barge, hope it’s still pluggin’ away out there somewhere……

    • Thomas Bean

      Station wagons……..cannot be beat. My father and Mom drove us five kids around in a 69′ gold-brown Kingswood Estate Chevy wi 350 (no smog). Greatest car my family ever owned. Had the retractable headlights making a fascinating front end. It was the top of line wagon for chevy. Rarely do you see them. You could stuff a whole family in, or fold all back seats down to form a huge flat floor where kids could camp out with sleeping bags while watching a Drive In movie (“Patton” wi George C. Scott). Tip: I know where there is a mint mist green DeSota wagon parked indoors at a forgotten museum in West Texas (I have never forgotten that car since I saw it).

  9. Anonymous

    great find!!!!!!!!!

  10. Gaetan Plourde

    i currently own a 1968 chevy impala 4 door hardtop no post…ive owned this car for just about 20 years now starting it once a year like clockwork…ive now pulled the 307 to throw into my 1958 gmc napco 4×4 resue panel !!! my point here being is that my impala still had a good heartbeat enough to go back in time 10 years !…as for my impala ive decided to put my 1970 corvette engine in it because it travelled like a land yaught should …PINKY FINGER DRIVING, MUSCE CAR Appearance and the only one like it no matter what parking lot your sitting in!

    • Thomas Bean

      Not to be a crank……..but…ahem….you might want to start the engine more than once a year. Why not drive the car around the block once a month?

  11. mark

    Very nice and original looking!! I’m a Chevy guy and that is one clean wagon!!

  12. Utesman

    This was an O/D car to boot, which meant it was factory equipped with the otherwise unavailable-from -the-factory; 3.70:1 ratio rear axle. That ratio was ONLY factory-installed in 6 cylinder & base 283 (2-bl.) cars equipped with optional overdrive, which itself was available ONLY in conjunction with THOSE two specific engines.

  13. Chris Herman

    Awesome car. I have a ’68 Bel Air wagon and a ’67 Bel Air 2 door sedan. Love those year Impalas and there variants.

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