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1964 Chevrolet Impala

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This 1964 Chevrolet Impala is a handsome, great-driving car that is ready for the 2011 cruising season. Restored as needed over the course of its life, it remains a clean southern car with a sweet-running small block under the hood, a 4-speed, and an unusual color that will stand out in a crowd. Even though they're approaching 50 years old, the mid-60s Impalas remain stylish cars that can easily keep up with today's traffic and always put a big smile on the faces of people who see them. Clearly Chevy designers knew a thing or two about memorable designs when they rolled this one out of the studio. Originally a code 900 Tuxedo Black car, this one was given a new lease on life several years ago, thanks to paint that is probably closer to code 922 Ember Red, and what a lot of folks would call "burnt orange." Whatever it's called, if you look around at the cars in showrooms today, you'll find that suddenly it's a fashionable color that still looks right on the Impala's long flanks. The finish is good, and the original trim has been retained, so the car is correct and looks original. Surprisingly, it has not been dressed up as an SS clone, although it is a code 47 2-door sport coupe. Chrome is good, stainless has been polished and nicely finished, and things like the grille, trunk trim, and the Impala's signature six tail light lenses are all in very good condition. In short, it's exactly the right condition to drive and enjoy without worries. The interior is black vinyl buckets, a nice upgrade from the original code 811 black cloth bench, and it gives the driver's compartment a vintage performance look. The seats have a comfortable look that's the result of many miles of cool cruising, while the shifter for the 4-speed manual pokes up out of the floor and falls easily to hand. Gauges were few in 1964, with a wide speedometer spanning most of the driver's view ahead of the wheel. This one also sports a cool factory-style pod-mounted tachometer, as well as an aftermarket temperature gauge hanging under the dash. The steering wheel is pure 1960s style, with a horn ring and an undamaged rim. The owner wisely chose to leave the original AM radio in the dash, and upgraded the sound system by installing a Sony AM/FM/CD unit in its own housing under the dash and feeding a pair of 6x9 speakers mounted in the rear package shelf. Headliner and carpets are very good, showing age and wear appropriate to the car's overall condition. Power comes from a late-model small block Chevy V8 topped by a four-barrel carburetor and original style "ram's horn" exhaust manifolds. The valve covers give it away as a later production 350, which means that this Impala drives much younger than its age would suggest. A Mallory ignition system lights the fires, amply backed up by a modern alternator. You'll also notice nice options like power steering, which makes this car a pleasure to handle. A true dual exhaust system rumbles with appropriate '60s authority, while the chassis is in respectably good condition for a car that's 47 years old and has never had a frame-off restoration. Floors are solid with no signs of rust-through, and the frame appears straight without any evidence of damage in its past. The original rear end still hangs on the factory leaf springs, now augmented by a set of air shocks to fine-tune the ride height. Brakes are the original 4-wheel drums, hiding behind a set of period-authentic American Racing Torque Thrust wheels wearing staggered 205/55/15 front and 225/60/15 rear radials. Impalas, just as when they were new, represent a lot of fun for not a lot of money. This one is well sorted and reliable enough to be a daily driver, but with its movie-star looks and effective V8 under the hood, it's also the perfect hobby car. Not a show car or a trailer queen, this is a car you can drive with confidence and not have to worry about the weather or road rash. Instead of wasting time perfecting the shine on the floors, you can be on the road, listening to the engine running through the gears, and waving at all the folks who think this is the coolest car on the road. Call now!

Reference Number 121265

as of 4/6/2011

Car 1964 Chevrolet Impala
VIN 1847F194285 
Mileage 83,096 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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