Restomod Potential? 1965 Chevrolet Impala

Chevy’s full-size cars were redesigned for 1965, using a perimeter frame instead of an X-frame and the fenders received “Coke bottle”-type styling. The Impala would set sales records that year, exceeding one million units for the first time. This example is one of the umpteen station wagons that number includes and comes with a good-running later 350 cubic-inch V8. It could be used as a restomod of sorts or restored as the body looks mostly sound. Located in Flint, Michigan, this old Chevy is available here on craigslist for $8,200. Another tip compliments of Barn Finder Pat L.!

A plethora of engines was available in the big Chevies in ’65, going all the way up to the 409 (“she’s so fine”) V8 that could produce one horse per cube. We don’t’ know how the seller’s wagon was built as no paperwork is noted and the fender crests that might have said “327” are no longer present. A 350 is there now, an engine not available before 1968, and we’re told the wagon runs and drives great. An automatic transmission is paired with it, but we don’t know if it’s a period-correct Powerglide or a later Turbo-Hydramatic. The overall car is said to have 140,000 miles.

This wagon may have been painted Tuxedo Black when new and has a black vinyl interior. But the paint and color may have been redone and it’s ready for it again, unless you’re into the patina thing, which the roof and hood certainly have plenty of. There may be some rust around the window trim, but no mention is made of it anywhere on the car. Four new tires are touching the ground and the spare is said to be new, as well. We’re told that some parts will come with the deal without identifying what they may be.

Station wagons are gaining attention in collector circles. If this was a non-SS Impala coupe, it might go for $13,000 in Good Condition. A wagon may not fetch as much but the seller’s asking price seems on par if the vehicle doesn’t need anything more than some cosmetic attention. We don’t see much of the interior other than a shot of the back seat that looks good, but what about the rest? A factory air conditioner is visible, but there may not be a belt hooked up to it.



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  1. hank

    Not overly expensive for what you’re getting. If I didn’t have 2.5 projects going on right now, I’d consider it.

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  2. Rick Jensen

    Since it’s only a wagon and not a two-door hardtop or super sport or anything like that I’d back half it, 30 foot wide Mickey Thompson steamrollers outback with wheelie bars, hey, I still like pro Street, I guess I’m still stuck in the 80s lol

  3. rjc Member

    These look great in white. Handsome station wagon.

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