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1964 Chevrolet Impala

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Have you ever been haunted by that one car you let get away? This 1964 Chevrolet Impala is such a car, and has either three or four owners, depending on how you look at it, since the second owner and the fourth owner are one and the same. And who wouldn't want to hang on to this car, with it's original driveline 100% intact, a wonderfully preserved interior, and enough patina to make the line between survivor and restored more than a little blurry. It's true the car was repainted 14 years ago, but with careful maintenance and expert care, it looks awfully good-good enough that some folks might even mistake it for original paint. The body has never been apart, and all the sheetmetal is factory-issue; there are no replacement panels or patches anywhere on this lovely sport coupe. The color is called Bahama Green Metallic, and it was a somewhat unusual and rare color in 1964, especially with the color-matched top. All the original trim has been retained and remains in excellent overall condition, with good chrome on the bumpers, and a decent shine to the stainless. And it's a pleasant surprise to have a solid Impala that hasn't been upgraded to SS status and instead stands on its own as a nicely preserved car that is as it was when it left the factory almost five decades ago. The striking green vinyl interior is just too funky to be anything but vintage 1964 materials, and it is amazingly well preserved. A few items have been replaced over the years, but like the paint, it has aged to a mellow, uniform patina that looks highly correct. The seats, door panels, and even the headliner are surely original equipment, although I suspect that the carpets and dash pad are newer. Color-matched floor mats protect the carpets, and their condition also suggests that they're newer replacements, but it's tough to say-even our experts are finding it difficult to know where to draw the line. The 66,970 miles shown on the odometer are believed to be correct, and there is title work to back it up if the car's condition isn't enough to convince you. You'll find no additional clues in the trunk, which is in solid original condition, with good mats and a full-sized modern radial on a matching steel wheel. Power is from the original, numbers-matching 283, which has never been rebuilt or out of the car. That's factory paint on the block, original decals on the valve covers, and the original "ram's horn" exhaust manifolds that are in very good condition. If you've never driven a tight, original car before, this one is a real treat and the feeling is distinctly different than even a correctly restored piece. There's a smoothness to the engine, and a precision in the transmission that is often lacking in restored cars, perhaps because they're simply too perfect. Even without power steering or brakes, this one is a pleasure to drive and requires far less effort than you'd think to wheel it down the road. The 2-speed Powerglide goes about its business almost imperceptibly, and the recent dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers gives the old girl an intimidating voice. There are signs of regular and caring routine maintenance, and the car runs and drives better than a lot of machines half its age. The original steel wheels wear factory-issued hubcaps and modern 205/75/14 whitewall radials. So no, it's not exactly a survivor, but it's easy to see why the same gentleman decided he had to have this car back-it's understated and stylish, with enough performance to make it entertaining. The uniform patina found throughout the car gives it an appealing warmth that many restored cars lack, and you'll probably find yourself touching it without even knowing why. This is a fun car that needs nothing-in fact, restoring this car could be considered a crime-and for the money, it represents an awful lot of history. If you had one that you let get away, here's a second chance. Just be sure to hold on to this one. Call today!

Reference Number 125641

as of 5/14/2011

Overview
Car 1964 Chevrolet Impala
VIN 41847T256546 
Mileage 66,970 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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