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32k Miles and One Family: 1965 Chevrolet Impala

The 1965 model year would be a record one for Chevrolet and its full-size cars. More than 800,000 Impalas would be delivered to buyers, and of those one-fifth were the 4-door Sport Sedan (aka hardtop) like the seller’s car. This example has been passed along from one family member to another since new and only has 32,000 miles. It’s not running now, so the buyer will have to sort that out. Located in Oak Harbor, Ohio, this Chevy is available here on craigslist for $20,000. Thanks to T.J. for uncovering this tip.

Chevrolet treated its 1965 full-size cars to a new body which resonated well with buyers. And the Caprice was introduced to compete with the upscale Ford LTD. The Impala would continue to be the volume leader in the crowd and that year it looked like everyone was “Seeing the USA in ‘their’ Chevrolet.” The seller’s great-aunt bought this Impala new and sold it to his father 30 years ago with 26,000 miles and he added only another 6,000 miles to the dial.

We’re told this Chevy has a V8 without mentioning which one. A 327 cubic inch Turbo-Jet with a 2-speed Powerglide automatic would be a fair guess, but there were many other possibilities. The seller has been unable to get the car to start and thinks he/she may not have properly mixed the lead additive with the gasoline. So, the buyer will be taking a mechanical unknown home with him/her, but a new battery, starter, and tires have already been done. Why not tow the car to a Chevy mechanic and fix this before trying to sell it? The seller is light on photos – three in total with none of the interior.


  1. Howard A Member

    Sorry for the babbling( see Cortina post) but this was my Grandpa Sams car. It replaced his “61 Impala, when he couldn’t get a new Packard. It was a basic car, to say the least, speedo, gas gauge and a clock( my grandma always insisted on a clock in the car), not much else. I read, all these mid 60s American cars were ground up into scrap, sold to Japan, and made into new Toyotas and such. Just sayin’,,anyone else got ’65 Chevy memories? Let’s hear them, please,,and since I’ve pretty much given the middle finger to the classic vehicle entity upon selling the GMC, you won’t hear any price quibbling from me anymore. FNO (from now on) it’s strictly memories, and let the “vultures” have their day.

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    • Cadmanls Member

      All good Howard

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    • Lou

      Are you still going to complain about Jeep prices Howard ?

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  2. Will Fox

    I have to question, sorry…..$20K and it “doesn’t run”?

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  3. TimS Member

    Crappy listing for what could be a remarkable survivor.

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  4. Terrry

    Look at the skewed numbers on the odometer. 32k miles? I think a lot more, since it also doesn’t run.

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  5. gaspumpchas

    Check every square inch of the frame…..


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  6. Taco

    Electric Low Rider.

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  7. Crusty65

    When I was super young, my grandma passed away and we inherited her ’65 Bel Air. Feature-wise it was essentially this car (same color), but with two tail lights on each side, radio antenna on front passenger fender, no vinyl top, and a 283 with powerslide trans. My grandma had these embossed clear plastic seat covers on front and back, so when we removed them the turquoise green interior was basically like new. As a kid I loved that car and have an affinity for 65 chevys ever since. Visions of that cool looking reddish orange turbofire engine still linger in my memory. Unfortunately one of my older brothers was racing it around in a neighborhood and crashed it, bending the frame. It was traded away for a ’73 pontiac ventura with a 455 transplant. The ventura was a good car, but I still to this day miss that crew cab Bel Air! $20k seems a little steep, but value is in the eye of the beholder. This one deserves to go to a good home, driven, and enjoyed as is! No wheel tubs and no low rider please!

  8. Deak stevens Member

    $20,000 for a 4 door, are they out of their minds

  9. David

    Too many zeros on the ask…

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  10. PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

    Sharp looking 4dor.

  11. Larry D

    Uh oh! Those odometer numbers are a tad askew.

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  12. DeBorah & George Mattar

    I inherited a 65 Impala four door hardtop from one of my aunts in 1991. It had 50,000 actual miles, but had rust in the toe boards, thanks to her letting it sit under huge pine trees at her Pocono Mountains home. She won the car in a church raffle in the summer of 1965. Never wrecked, it was straight, all original. 283 Powerglide, power steering, AM radio, nothing else, the way I like my cars. Less to break. I daily drove it 10 years to work, 100 miles a day. Very few problems. At 156,000 miles, a broken piston ring led me to yank the engine and have it rebuilt. The original transmission was fine due to my twice yearly flushes. Some jack ass ran a red light in 1997 and the car sustained front damage., I found a used front end at Carlisle. Had high school kids fix it in their auto class and had it painted.. Drove it until 202,000 miles and sold it. One of the best cars I ever owned.

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