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.