Black Plate Barn Find: 1967 Chevrolet Impala

In the 1960s, nobody sold more full-size cars that Chevrolet – and the Impala led the way, year after year. The Impala has been part of the Chevy line-up on and off for more than 60 years. In 1967, GM built more than a half-million Impala’s with a V-8 engine like this one. It was assembled in the Chevy L.A. plant and has always resided in California. It’s been in storage since 1988, available in Spring Valley (east of San Diego) and here on eBay with a starting bid of $6,000 and a reserve somewhere north of that.

The Impala started out as a show car in 1956 and became a top-line hardtop and convertible offering in 1958. It got its name from the graceful African antelope, which became the car’s logo. From 1959-on, multiple body styles were added as the Impala took dominance over the Bel Air in Chevy’s model hierarchy. The Impala was in continuous production through 1985, made a three-year comeback in 1994, and then one more appearance from 2000 until 2020 when Chevy announced it was de-emphasizing car production over trucks and SUVs.

This 1967 Impala 2-door fastback saw regular use until 1988 when “it ran when it was parked.” What does that actually mean? Why would someone stop using a car that was in running condition at the time? Anyway, the body appears to be straight and the chassis solid, according to the seller. There’s some rust at the bottom of both front fenders and some cosmetic issues on the trunk lid and trim. The paint, Emerald Turquoise, may be original and I always thought it was an attractive color on these cars.

We’re told the interior is original and it looks good except for the seat back on the driver’s side. The AM radio was taken out but it’s along for the ride. The car was well-equipped for the day, including factory air conditioning (compressor missing) and power steering and brakes. It appears to have generally held up for 53 years and 98,000 miles.

The Impala still has it’s original 327 Turbo-Fire V-8, the version that put out 275 hp with a Holley carb. The motor was rebuilt not long before the car was parked. The automatic tranny is GM’s 400 Turbo-Hydramatic and the car has a 12-bolt rear axle. There is no reference as to how well the car runs, but some work was done to it recently. That would include rodding and repairing the radiator along with installing new hoses and belts. It’s going to need a new battery and starter.

The seller says the car is 98% complete. The missing 2% would consist of a missing diverter valve, trunk lock tumbler and plastic radiator overflow tank. Perhaps more. Instead of Impala wheel covers, the car has a set off a Caprice of the same model year. Hagerty suggests a ’67 Impala in fair condition is worth maybe $9,000, so if the bidding doesn’t crazy you might have a reasonable acquisition here.

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  1. Steve Bush Member

    Seems to be a decent mostly complete car with its original drivetrain. But if the seller wants $6k to start the auction, he should replace the battery and starter and probably the radiator overflow tank and try to get it running. He should also have included some undercar pics.

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    • OzyJohn

      And the air-con compressor.

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  2. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Aunt and Uncle had a similar one, 67 Impala; gold color with a 327 3 on the tree. The kids knew how to hotrod the thing even though it was big it was capable of going fast. Don’t know what happened to it as they got rid of it while I was in the Army.
    This one looks pretty good for the age but it will take some work. Big thing is what it goes for.

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    • KevinW La

      My Dad had one just like you described. Gold paint, black interior, 3 on the tree,327 engine. That car was fast! At 12 years old I was heartbroken when he traded it for a new car a couple of years later.

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  3. 370zpp

    Nice artwork on the cover of the owners manual.

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  4. Allan J Pilgrim

    Plus the 275 327 came with a Quadrajet.

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    • OzyJohn

      I hated the Quadrajet. Had one on my ‘73 Holden Monaro. Could never get the flat spot it of it as is opened the secondaries.

  5. Allan J Pilgrim

    No likey Caprice grille.

  6. art

    That grille appears to be the same across the full size Chevrolet line, save perhaps badging.
    The “Front Fender Lights” shown, were an option on Impala’s, option code T78.
    Anyone see any differences between the full size grilles?

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  7. dave

    HA HA, that owner’s manual looks like they’re about to make a downhill run at Breckenrigde – good luck with that!

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  8. Kenneth Carney

    Just what Sam and Dean Winchester need as transport while their 4-door HT is
    in the shop. My parents had a wagon in this color too. Ours came equipped with
    the same engine, trans, and rear axle. I
    took time out from playing music and went to my senior prom in that car. Not
    long after that, Mom and Dad traded it
    for a lemon of a ’73 Caprice Classic 4
    door hardtop. No matter what they did
    to it, the damned thing wouldn’t start when the temperature dropped to 40
    degrees or below. That’s why when I was on the road, I’d leave my car keys with Mom so she could use my car to get to
    work during the winter. They should’ve
    never traded the wagon.

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    • nlpnt

      Funny you should mention Sam and Dean, I was just thinking about how this car being a 2-door makes it more likely it’ll get to keep its’ great turquoise color rather than being subjected to a movie-replica black paint job.

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    • G Lo

      My very first car was the ‘67 Biscayne version of this car-very same color and interior but with the inline 6/single barrel carb and the 2 speed power glide auto. I could seat 9 comfortably with 5 in the back and 4 in the front. In the winter it would always start on the first bump no matter the temperature (Ohio). But you absolutely could not touch the accelerator until it was completely warmed up, otherwise it would die and you could not get it restarted.

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      • JoeNYWF64

        I know the ’68 rochester monojet has NO! adjusting screws for fast idle or choke plate position – u have to bend a linkage rod to adjust both – lmao. I bet that was 1 problem on your Biscayne & i bet the choke thermostat(spring) on the exhaust manifold was also defective(rusted away/worn out). For the last 30 years, my friend’s ’68 nova has had no such problems like your Biscayne – in fact because it’s not an
        emissions carb, he can start it, the fast idle engages & he can drive away immediately with no hesitation & it will not stall out & fast idle decrease in 2 stages as it warms up.
        You just have to play with that rod till it’s bent right. lol
        & periodically spray all the linkage so it operated smoothly & does not keep the choke in the open position from the last use of the car.

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    • Glenn Schwass Member

      That’s nice. I’d prefer a stick if I was in the market but it is clean…

  9. Jim lane

    I don’t understand why you wouldn’t wash and clean a car before advertising it. Just saying.

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    • Steve R

      Washing, waxing and vacuuming is too easy. Spend a day cleaning it would probably get him a few thousand dollars on the back end. It looks like there is still some life left in the paint, at least enough to look good on a handful of pictures.

      Steve R

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  10. RATTLEHEAD

    the best looking year of the entire breed. especially this generation, most crisp cleanest lines. yes standard grill across the chebby full size line. corner lights optional. loved my 67 bel air wagon, looked sweet hunkered down over those 14×5 in. front 15×10in. rear american racing slotted mags 🍆

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    • JoeNYWF64

      I disagree.
      I thought the future arrived when i saw a ’68 caprice coupe WITH HIDDEN HEADLIGHTS. Plus its new for ’68 hidden wipers & exclusive only on caprice coupe!!! ventless glass(full size chevies) – all cleaned up the prior yr ’67’s lines even more.
      In youtube, search for
      68 caprice commercial
      &
      68 caprice hidden headlights
      I saw tons of other cars with hidden headlites, but only ONE ’68 caprice equipped that way – EVER!

  11. Tom Nemec Member

    There is something about a 67 Impala when it is a factory big block and manual 4 speed on the floor. It just has a “different” look than the small block automatic. Not sure what it is but that is my 2 cents.

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  12. Luke Fitzgerald

    There’s something to be said about having a trunk release

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  13. Stevieg Member

    Considering where the car is located and how minor the rust on the front fenders look, I would guess it is probably pretty clean underneath.
    Someone asked why it would be parked if it ran well. I always wonder that too lol.
    With it having a hair under 100,000 miles after 21 years of use (pretty low miles for the time frame), I suspect it was an older person who owned it. They probably either fell ill or passed away. Now why did it take so long for the family to sell? Who knows lol.
    I might be completely off base too.
    Maybe someone out ran the cops and put the car in hiding lol. If so, I am envious of them lol.

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  14. Keith

    If this had two more doors and no pillar post, it would be bringing a lot more money. The Supernatural cars are bringing serious bucks in even the poorest of shapes.

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      Probably one of the better looking 4 doors ever.

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  15. Phlathead Phil

    Well now lookie here. This reminds me of my Phirst car… a 1966 Impala SS. It was blue with bucket seats and had a 396 CID with a 400 turbo on the floor. My copy was one of some 4,000 rolling off the G.M. Line. I paid $850.00 for it and was the second owner. Sure washed and waxed alotta cars to pay for it. I was 16 years old at the time. It cost nearly a weeks wages to fill up the tank. It’s gone now, but not the memories of the blonde haired blue eyed girl with the 39-24-36 combination shifter!

  16. Jim

    Did 67’s have air pumps on them? Engine might be of later manufacture. Or were they a California thing back then.

    • Phlathead Phil

      Jim-
      Air pumps were part of the C.A.R.B. Thing call NOX if my memory serves me correct. Once unleaded fuel came out things got more smoggy required. Nowadays it’s computers that foul up the engines. Dead or defunct computers are the real reason cars go kaput. IMHO.

  17. S

    This was the best selling car of 1967 – 1968. Turquoise/aqua was also a very common color on cars during this time period. It is a very attractive body style. No wonder they sold so any of them! It must have been great when it was new. Unfortunately since it’s not running, there are too many unknowns. My offer would be quite a bit below $6000. Others are bidding it up above that, so others obviously don’t feel that way. Getting a car running after sitting for 32 years, a lot of things are going to need to be replaced. Tires, brakes, fuel system work, anything rubber like belts and hoses – even if they were new in 1988, plus the missing items mentioned it the ad. When you’re done with everything it needs + the purchase price it’s going to be well over $10,000. And then you still have rusty fenders to fix, probably will need a new exhaust, and I wonder what’s under the front seat cover. Nice car, too much work for the money they’re asking.

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  18. Eric_13cars Eric_13cars Member

    Back in the summer of 67 I drove dozens of these working for Long Chevrolet in Lake Forest, Illinois. All of the salesmen drove them as demonstrators. I never liked the Powerglide 2 speed tranny. The higher end GMs used the 3-4 speed automatics and I thought they were a much better fit for the engines. This is a bench seat Impala and the bucket seats with console were a much nicer interior that were an option (not just on the SS). These were basically OK family cars. The 67-69 were an evolution from what I consider to be the iconic 65s, the nicest of all iterations of this design, especially in the convertible and 2 door coupe. I believe that 67 also had a Caprice version (although that might have come in 68) with slightly different treatment of the rear seat side windows.

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  19. Vince H

    I remember when I saw th first one in the showroom. I thought they had really messed up compared to the last 2 years. Today I think they are a good looking car. I agree he should have cleaned it before posting it. Some people are lazy or stupid or both.

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  20. George Mattar

    Jim, California cars got A.I.R. starting in 1966 model year. This car is legit CA car. That air pump is 2 year only design. Very hard to find. Can be rebuilt.

  21. Bill Pressler

    I like the ’67’s. I think they had the best instrument panel of any full-size Chevrolet….ever. In fact, I think the seat trim and interior door panels of the Impala that year were better than the Pontiac Catalina.

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  22. OzyJohn

    Pardon my Aussie ignorance or memory of over 50yrs ago but, I seem to remember a “pillarless 4 door?” A customer of mine had one, here in Australia. It may just have been a 2 door.
    I just loved it and I’ve loved Impalas ever since.

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