Original Paint: 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

This 1965 Impala SS had, until recently, been parked in a Californian garage since the 1980s. It has now been brought out into the daylight and returned to active service. It wears its original paint and is a really solid survivor. If it appeals to you just as much as it appeals to me, then you will find it located in Bellflower, California, and listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the Impala has reached $11,100, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

The owner states that the Impala wears its original Glacier Grey paint, and while it isn’t perfect, it has held up remarkably well. It carries its fair share of very minor nicks and marks, but overall, it remains quite presentable. Rust issues with the Impala are essentially non-existent, with the floors and frame appearing to be very clean. Likewise, there is no external rust visible in the normally prone areas such as the lower rear quarter panels, rockers, or around the rear window. I would say that there may have been some surface corrosion issues in the trunk because the pan looks like it has been cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint. It appears as though all of the external trim and chrome is present, and is in good condition for a vehicle of this age, while the hubcaps look to be close to faultless.

The next owner of the Impala will find themselves with a numbers-matching car with a genuine 42,000 miles showing on its odometer. What they will be getting is a 283ci V8 engine, Powerglide transmission, and power steering. The original owner was a doctor, and after using the car on a fairly regular basis, he chose to park it in a garage at some point in the mid-1980s. The current owner purchased the vehicle and then set about undertaking the work required to return it to the road. The fuel tank and sender unit were both replaced, while it would appear as though it has also received a new fuel pump, all new hoses, and new belts. The owner provides no real insight into how the Impala runs and drives, but if appearances count for anything, then it does look quite encouraging. What he does say is that the car comes with some useful documentation, including the original registration, Protect-O-Plate, and the Owner’s Manual.

The next owner won’t have to spend one single penny on the interior of the Impala, because it has all been done for them. Everything inside the car has either been restored or replaced, and the results are quite stunning. The seats received both new foam and new covers, while new door trims, a new headliner, and a new carpet set were all part of the package. The dash is original and unmolested, while the pad and console look to be in fantastic condition. Some of the plated and painted surfaces are showing some minor pitting, and there is also some minor cracking in the wheel rim. At the end of the day, these just add a bit of character to what is a 54-year-old vehicle.

This 1965 Impala SS has a lot going for it. It is an original, numbers-matching survivor, and if the mileage claim can be verified, then that is a significant positive point. It appears to be rust-free, and while the paint might not be perfect, it really embodies that old adage that says that “they’re only original once.” If this car is as good in the metal as it would appear to be in the photos, then it is possible that someone is going to secure for themselves one very desirable classic.


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  1. George Mattar

    I owned a 65 Impala 283 PG for 10 years, 91 to 2001. Daily driver. Had more than 200,000 miles when I sold it. I have owned more than 40 cars in my 48 years of driving. Hands down, one of the best looking, best riding and most reliable cars I ever had. If Government Motors would build cars like this today, plenty of Toyota dealers would be closing. I would love it.

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  2. 8banger David Mika Member

    I like. Looks like the engine was rattle-canned, but still…nice!

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  3. art

    Wish the sellers would either do a professional engine detail or leave it as-is.
    Nothing worse than having to go back in and re-do, poor half-***** work. Sloppy engine repaint, probably over grease, wrong sheen of black sprayed over air cleaner and probably over rust, ditto on heater box and inner fenders.
    A mess to look at. Sad when one considers the cars overall nice original condition. What happens when good cars fall into incompetent hands.

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  4. Robert May

    Sweet ride. Add A/C and enjoy. Of course, you don’t need the A/C to enjoy, but it’s nice to have. This would make a great daily driver.

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  5. DLM

    Wow I had that exact car, same color, same engine. Agree on the paint under the hood, a waste of time. But a great shape to those cars. Although you can’t see it clearly, the gauge on the center console is a vacuum gauge. Why, I never knew. Oh, and I only paid $150 for mine, in better condition with original interior. Of course, that was 1972.

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  6. stillrunners Stillrunners Member

    Funny….or not – no A/C in Cali…..and he was a doctor ?

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  7. Andrew Franks

    In Bellflower Air was not needed; it has the L.A. climate; boring but pleasant.
    I would put Vintage air and heat in it and drive it. ask the Seller what he/she wants for the car. Never mind auctions. If the seller is not on another planet price wise jump on the car and be delighted. I would but I have no room.

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  8. John Oliveri

    My aunt had the same car, same color, same motor w power glide, just bench seat, got sent to the crusher in 73, trani blew, who knew to save things back then, I had to take the 8 track out of the glove box, and box speakers out of it

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  9. 38ChevyCoupeGuy

    Incompetent hands? Rattle canned engine paint? Wrong sheen of black on air cleaner housing? If you folks did buy it, I’m curious to know if you would park it inside with the hood up, and show everyone how much it bothers you, get right to work and fix the so called “errors”, or just drive and enjoy the darn thing as it was intended for, as I’m sure it was what current owner had in mind if he wasn’t a flipper or whatever the case may be. Good grief, point to some of the positive things, bad news is all over TV every evening it’s turned on. 😁

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  10. John Taylor

    I think you would want to get this car to a good Trimmer (upholstery) shop and get the seats re done, they fit loose and not a good job, also the splash rubbers are missing from the inner fenders as others have mentioned the rattle can paint etc I would guess this car has at least been around the clock on the speedo mileage reading, just a few observations of other things make me think this. I had a couple of Impalas over the years so just going by my experience with those makes me think it has been clocked. But hey that is not a bad thing but to say it has only done that mileage just doesn’t ring true to me.

  11. TimM

    In good shape as far as no rust is concerned!! Just looks dirty in the inside of the engine bay and interior could use a cleaning!!! There is definitely a lot of room in the engine bay for a big block or an LS!!!!

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