Well Cared For 1963 Chevrolet Impala Survivor

This Chevy has the looks of a pride-and-joy car, one that was well-maintained and taken out occasionally. We’re told this ’64 model Impala has been living the climate-controlled life for the past 24 years, with the occasional jaunt to stretch its muscles. Wearing just one repaint, this survivor is in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and available here on eBay. Bidding has already reached $22,800, but there is a “small reserve” that has yet to be met.

The Impala nameplate joined the Chevrolet ranks in 1958 as a top-of-the-line hardtop and convertible and branched out to all body styles the next year. It would be the top dog in the sales brochures until the luxurious Caprice came along in 1965. This ’63 edition is from the car’s third generation, which would be produced from 1961-64. This one has the “sport” hardtop roofline which debuted in 1962 and is shaped a bit like a raised convertible top. The Impala would be Chevy’s best-seller in 1963 with more than 832,000 examples built, with 736,000 having a V8 engine of the buyer’s choice between 283 and 409 cubic inches in displacement.

This Chevy has the basic 283 2-barrel with a 2-speed Powerglide automatic, perhaps the most common pairing that year. It’s a numbers-matching car with no indication that any internal mechanical work has been done to either the motor or transmission. When it does venture out, we’re told it runs great and everything works as it should, having recently completed a 200-mile trip with nary an issue. The odometer recently turned over the 70,000-mile mark.

The car left the St. Louis plant with quite a few options, including factory air conditioning and custom wheel covers. The interior looks nice and we’re told it’s original, but the front seat covers look to have been replaced. The pattern on that bench seat doesn’t match what’s in the back, which is the original pattern from 1963. The trunk is as tidy as the passenger compartment and may have carried little over the years. This Impala comes across as a turn-key car that needs nothing, but if it ever did, parts for the 1960s Chevies are readily available and not expensive.

Hagerty indicates that $30,000 is what one of these cars in Excellent condition might go for (add $10,000 more for Concours). For those who have a budget in this price range and want a nice driver-quality car that they could take to Cars & Coffee on the weekends, this one in gold trim should turn a lot of heads.

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Comments

  1. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    Oh such beauty to behold. It even has A/C. The body style and lines are so pleasing to the eyes. The color is magnificent. What a nice cruiser. And no one has bagged it yet, ugh, the thought of such deprivation. Leave this beauty alone. Oh, for the want of money I would have so many cars I couldn’t possibly drive them all.
    God bless America

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  2. Will Fox

    Nice, clean, one-owner original, looks factory stock, no need for a 409 when a 283 is just fine. 70K miles? Not even broken in yet!
    But if this seller’s “reserve” is over $30K, he’s asking way too much for it. Just because it’s a Chevy doesn’t mean it instantly becomes a $50K car.

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  3. local_sheriff

    Looks very straight and I really like it, though I won’t hesitate that I prefer any X-frames lower to the ground. It puzzles me that a 15year old paint job has color differences, most notable at the RH fender. It seems to be wearing #932 Saddle Tan – I have the same color on my ’64 Bonnie and while I’ll admit it’s not the most exciting color it is an interesting, subtle, typical ‘adult’ hue.

    Also, something seems off with the door moldings. Definately in need of a set of new seat covers, as the rear cover shows fading. IMO ’63 and ’64 ‘pala cloth covers both have extremely fascinating patterns and look particularly sweet in Saddle. I also notice it has the 1spd wiper setup, non-padded dash and radio delete(!), plus it’s a manual brake and steering car. Engine also shows more grime than I prefer to see. These are all nit-picks, but honestly I think one has the right to nit-pick when one is looking at a base engine, fairly lowly optioned 30K Chev

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  4. Anthony Rodrigues

    Both door mouldings are from a 64 Impala, that’s why they don,t match the fender and rear quarter mouldings seems odd, an A/C car, no windshield washer, no PS, no PB

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  5. old beach guy

    The wrong door mouldings gives me pause. It also has the telltale signs of a chronic problem. In the trunk photo you can see rust spots on the left side. That’s a dead giveaway for rusted out body mount near the gas filler. The fit is off in several places. Caveat Emptor.

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  6. Rich

    My parents had this car in dark blue with lighter blue two tone. It was a pretty car with the hardtop. They splurged for the same wheel covers.

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  7. Thomas Shea

    I think 1963 also had a 327 ci engine available.

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  8. Francisco Andrade

    This impala is wearing original saddle tan colored floor mats. They reproduce these but not in that specific color. The originals especially that shade go for big $

  9. Tim P

    I’m sure you could get a 327 as a choice also

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  10. David Bearden

    The way the digits line up on the speedometer just do not look right…May be the right miles,or maybe not…Just an opinion…but nice car

  11. Chuck Dickinson

    This is almost a ‘stripper’–only options are AC, tinted glass and wheelcovers.

  12. Bob McK Member

    I think the 62 and 63″s were the best styling for Chevrolet. Someone cared for this old girl. I wonder how hard it will be to find the correct body molding.

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  13. Wayne from OZ

    Too much money for a car with a mismatched interior and exterior. Would have been nice when new except for all the deletes, like radio, no PS, no PB, no PW.

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