Honest and Solid: 1968 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon

The owner of this Impala Wagon best describes its overall condition when he says that it is “typical for a 50-year-old car that had a 90-year-old driver.” He recently purchased the car from its original 90-year-old owner but has decided that he wants to go a different way with a project car. This largely rust-free and original Impala is located in Beavercreek, Oregon, and is being sold with a clear title. You will find it listed for sale here on eBay, and it comes with a pile of documentation, including the original Protect-O-Plate.

The Impala is largely original and seems to be a solid car. The photos indicate that the hubcaps are missing, but these were only removed to check the brakes, and are now back on the car. The paint looks tired, but the owner says that the dings and missing trim on the car are the results of the elderly previous owner and that he didn’t inflict any damage. Apart from a couple of small rust spots in both lower fenders, the car looks to be rust-free.

The interior of the Impala is pretty good, but there are a couple of things that might need to be done. The driver’s armrest is missing and the carpet is in need of a clean. Address those two items, and the rest looks fine. The car is not fitted with a 3rd row of seats, but the owner has located a color matching set and all of the available hardware for sale and will be happy to pass the details on to the new owner. While the interior is not highly optioned, the car is fitted with air conditioning.

The Impala is fitted with its numbers matching 396ci V8 and TH400 automatic transmission. The owner is using the car as a daily driver, and he says that it runs and drives well. The transmission was rebuilt at some point in the 1980s, and the car is also fitted with power disc brakes. Looking at the engine bay, I’m pretty sure that a dose of degreaser and a hit with a pressure cleaner would do it the world of good.

It doesn’t seem like it was that many years ago when people weren’t interested in wagons as classic cars. That has changed quite a bit, and interesting wagons have become quite sought after. This one is by no means perfect, but it is honest, and it could be made into a nice car. The fact that there are 5 potential owners who are currently bidding on the car indicates that there are people who can see the potential in this one.

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Comments

  1. cold340t

    Interest in wagons and 4drs. is is also based upon the drivetrains/body parts that can be used to restore more valuable cars. Clean examples make great donors. Then projects for whats left. Maybe.
    I love wagons too, though.

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  2. Superdessucke

    They grew old together. What a story.. Unfortunately, I would bet that the car fared a bit better than the human in the knock-down drag-out with Father Time. They don’t build them like this anymore!

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  3. Karl

    Hey guys I have heard the word FLIPPER on this site a fair number of times, although I haven’t bought a car since high School that I bought to sell right away, it it such a terrible thing to do this? My point is we all have the right to buy the car that’s the same across the board. So my question is what’s the problem? Please explain?

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    • TimS Member

      I don’t think the flipper haters begrudge someone making a buck. I think what gets them is the guy who:

      1. Found the car of the reader’s dreams, lowballed the owner & didn’t turn a wrench or even take it off the trailer before snapping the requisite 3 blurred pictures & putting it on Craigslist for 15 times his purchase price;

      2. Went to the owner and told them it was exactly the car they wanted, blah blah blah, got the owner’s backstory and promised it would be treated like an adopted child, paid a pittance, then promptly put the car on eBay for a Barrett Jackson price, representing the former owner’s story as his own.

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  4. Craig M Bryda

    So I once got an early style 63 or 64 Corvair for free , it needed only a muffler and to be moved from the previous owners place of employment, it had been plowed in due to a massive snowfall. So after shoveling 5 ft. high plowed snow I was stunned that it immediately started. After putting on an slightly used glas-pac muffler I was ready to rock & roll, before that could happen a customer of my mentors used car lot saw it & bought it. Does that make me a flipper ? I think not.
    BTW: Ever hear a Corvair with a
    glas-pac ? Sweet Music.

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  5. Maestro1 Member

    I like these cars, but I have no room. Someone jump on it if the price isn’t irrational.

  6. stillrunners

    At about $6000 the reserve hasn’t been met. So he’s asking most likely twice what he paid for it….easy….and it’s missing a lot of ash trays for that kind of money for me.

  7. KeithK

    after 35 years of wrenching for someone else and not being able to own more than 1 Classic at a time , the flipper life looks good to me. A few friends and I have discussed it. Travel a bit, root out a few bargains and make them available to enthusiasts. Like it or not some of these cars would just rot away if not for buyers like this. Now, paying a fair price is another. Travel,shipping,basic repair and a detail (maybe) plus some sort of marketing are all costs to be considered. How many pics of the crusher claiming another have we seen ? I want to save a few.

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  8. Kenneth Carney

    Very nice wagon! This one would meet
    all my family’s needs and then some.
    Sis owned a 4-door hardtop painted this
    same color and loved it! If I coild, I’d buy
    this car to preserve for what it is–a great
    family driver with lots of life still left in it.
    Too mamy times, big block wagons like
    this one were stripped of their running
    gear for a Camaro, Chevelle, or Nova
    project and then crushed. Sure hope
    this one doesn’t meet that same end.
    Only thing missing on it besides some
    of the body trim is the air deflector over
    the rear window and a trailer hitch.
    Other than that, someone out there will
    get a great bargain on a reslly great car.

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