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1964 Chevrolet Impala SS: 409 Big Block!


Somewhere in Charleston, West Virginia, there is a garage that’s been hiding a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS. It is a rare and original 4 speed 409 CID, 425 HP 2 door hardtop. This could be a valuable car after lots and lots of work. Even in condition 4 it would be worth over $30,00o with an average sale price approaching $40,000 while condition one cars sell well into 6 figures. This would be a really serious project for anyone. So, what potential do we have here? The body is claimed to be solid and there are lots of spare parts plus the engine has been rebuilt. The owner is asking $18,500 here on eBay with bidding up to $4,850 and reserve unmet. This Impala is a rare and wonderful car with lots of potential, but is there any way the math could work at the asking price? Even with lots of free labor, could it be restored to condition 4 level for another $20,000? Can you see any way it would make sense to restore this Impala?


  1. sparkster

    The engine alone is worth $8000 to $9000.

  2. randy

    I was also thinking the BIN price was very reasonable. I bet it goes quickly. These are also on my bucket list. I used to street race in Dallas, and there was ratty looking early 60’s beating everyone, it was a stock 409 chevy. Those were the days, Manana, California Crossing, and Luna road. We’d migrate from one place to the other as the “man” showed up.

  3. JW

    Had a friend in the early 70’s had a black 64 Chevy, these were light weight cars for the size and with that 409 it should fly. His price with the rebuilt motor and a 4 speed is a deal.

  4. Hoos Member

    In the words of Herman Munster,

    ……but Lily,


  5. Rob

    He’s lowered it to $15,500. on a ‘Buy It Now’, bids now up to $10k, with reserve not met.. somebody is going to get a fabulous deal, ‘specially with that engine, etc, etc, etc..

  6. dj

    There was one of these that sat under a tree for decades. It had sunk into the mud and never was for sale. I asked, friends asked, everyone did. Then a friend of mine happen to go by when they were getting evicted due to poor housing conditions. Bought the car for $700. Was missing the 409 but everything else was there. Flipped it for $5000. I had found the engine for $1500 but he sold the car before I bought the engine.

  7. Alan (Michigan)

    We have all seen much worse places to start.
    If the car is solid underneath, I’m surprised that it did not already sell.

  8. gunningbar

    Seems like a good deal.. what am i missing?
    Great project!

  9. nxpress62

    Red with white interior, dual quads, that thing is beautiful.. Those 425hp exhaust manifolds are worth quite a bit alone.

  10. Doug M (west coast) Member

    With buy it now down near 15, I say buy it! These are not that complicated, and what a set of options! I think you can do well if you do a bit of your own wrenching.

  11. Wayne Norman

    Well I saved my pennies and I saved my dimes. Giddy-up, Giddy-up 409.

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