1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2 DOOR COUPE "BATMOBILE"
- Condition: Used
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Impala
- SubModel: Coupe
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: 2dr
- Year: 1966
- Mileage: 66,000
- Color: Black
- Engine size: 283 V-8
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: RWD 4 speed close ratio Muncie
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1966 Chevrolet Impala Coupe
Please read all of the description!!!---all of my ramblings...
Up for sale is my 1966 Chevrolet Impala 2 door coupe. Affectionately know as the "Batmobile" by my friends and family. I am, I believe and was told), he third owner. I have been the owner for over 20 years. It was purchased by me in Southern California, here I used to live, rom a restaurant owner in Stanton CA.He purchased the car from his neighbor. She, he original owner, nbsp;was an old lady (yeah I know the cliché).....He had been bugging her to sell him the car for many years. As she couldn't drive anymore, nd the car was just sitting for years, he family pressured her to sell, nd he finally got his way. However, is plans changed and he didn't keep the car too long, s he had another project carhis wife wanted finished. Hence, hat is where I came in---the buyer. I wanted an Impala. Bad. I wanted a 65 though. That was what a friend of mine had in high school. SO---I must have looked and test driven dozens of 1965 Impalas. Everything from basket cases to what was called "great shape". What a mess. Remember 20 years ago I was calling newspaper ads up and down the state. I changed my mind to a 1966, fter looking at one,when aguy advertised his "1966" as really a "1965". SORRY HATERS---but I thought it looked better inside, nd finished better outside in the hood area and thesleeker designed rear end. So---now I hunted 1966's. What another mess of beaten down cars. No wonder so many were crushed. 20 years ago, here wasn't anyone really doing "restorations on Impalas", s I didn't come across anything like you see on TV now......(like the Fast and Loud guys getting $75k for theirs??? ) I looked at everything I could find for 6 months. Frustrated at looking at worn out beaters, called this guy in Stanton to go look at his 66. I was reluctant to go look at it---as it was a 4 speed. I was looking for an automatic. I bought the car after the test drive. He didn't baby the car, s EVERYONE ELSE did on the test drives. He blasted through the gears, nd the big car actually felt like it had loads of power. 4th gear chirp! I had a grin on my face for sure. Deal was done. At that point all I can tell you is---even if you don't buy my car is---POWERGLIDES suck. (Sure modern day mega dollar drag racers....blah, lah, lah....) They suck. Feels like they never are going to shift, nd the power band is never right place for the torque curve. Sure modify this or change that out etc......(I know Iam opening up a can of worms for all powerglide lovers to msg me--------save your effort) I can honestly say that with the 4 speed manual transmission, here is nothing like the way the engine sounds after you unload the clutch. Downshifting---pure magic. The sound is nothing---and I mean nothing an automatic or powerglide will ever have........No matter what you do to it-----never have the sound!!! So I guess before I go into my car's description, will just say, y car is a base 2 doorImpala, UT it has the magical RARE clutch pedal. Seems there just isn't many left after the zillions of Impalas they made. At least unless you find the needle in the haystack 427 or 396 optioned with a 4 speed, hen you are on the route to automatic-land. As I am not advertising my car as any type of drag car---by any means---I can understand why coveted performance cars of the 1960's are 4 speeds. They were faster then. And I can honestly say that they make my little motor seem a whole lot bigger and perkier. Almost fast. Also, f you are going to do a motor swap on my car---what a better tranny to have than a great 4 speedMuncie. This car also has a black interior. NOT crappy baby blue or red. Best part is----the no guilt complex for modifying this base car.
Ok. Now on to the details.
Mechanicals: The car has a rebuilt 283 V8 from the previous owner. Perky. Not a drag racer. You wont be beating STI's at the light. Runs super nice. Starts right up.I have done a few things to it. Edlebrock---gear drive, over, am, ater pump, alve covers, ntake manifold. HEI. Mallory ignition modules, ap, nd wiring. New Holly electric choke carb. Chrome goodies. New power steering pump. New alternator. New starter. Hoses, elts, rackets etc. Radiator redone. New Wiper motor. Optima battery. Esoteric fuses, iring, oom. (The wiring looks really sano in the engine bay) Fluidampner. ARP bolt kit. Very sweet ceramic headers with the flanges cut androtated for clearance. Glass packs and tubing. I do still have the original CA smog pump, rackets,and etc. The car has what I believe to be about 66k original miles. The speedometer broke on the drive from CA to UTAH. Yes!!! I drove it all the way---no trailer!!! NO PROBLEMS. So the mileage is plus a few hundred---may be a thousand from the pictures. I really haven't driven it that much up here, eally in 20 years. I didn't even register it until this year from CA. I have been in Utah 5 years. Tranny is not from the original car. It was a 3 speed on the column. It is now a 4 speed Muncie close ratio on the floor with a Hurst shifter boot. I had the tranny rebuilt at Anaheim Gear. Fullerton Transmission did the install. New Centerforce dual friction racing clutch. Throw out bearing. Fork. Pressure plate. Flywheel. Etc. Rebuilt drive shaft. Rebuilt rear end. Bee-line did the suspension. All new Red urethane or Black graphite bushings throughout. Ball joints etc. Everything. NOSbig blocksprings up front cut, nd NOS big block station wagon cut springs in the rear for stiffness. KYB shocks. Lots of time was spent on getting the stance and rake of the car perfect. The coils were cut many times to get it just right---correctly. New drum brakes, ines, nd fluid. Stops surprisingly good and very straight. VERY, ERY, ERY, ARE Racing Dynamics forged aluminum racing wheels. 18x9 all around. Very expensive wheels. $1500 each one. I had to have them. I loved watching touring cup racing. These are not made anymore and make this car a ONE OF A KIND SHOWPIECE. They were only made for BMW's and BMWrace cars. Billet adapters were machined for the fronts to make them clear the grease cups. They fit perfect and there was no need to cut or modify the wheel wells. You will never see another Impala ever with these wheels.Tires arebasically new. Bought for the CA trip. This big car handles very well around corners. It really does stick like glue. Very fun to drive fast.
Body: As you can see from the pictures, uch has been modified. Lots of holes welded. There is no trim left, nd on 1966's there was a ton. The paint is now black Imron. It wasoriginally the pale yellow. Lots of block sanding. The car does have rust now. Not horrible, ut it does have spots and bubbles (see pictures). It does have dents and dings now. Hood dented. The trunk pan has been fiber glassed. The car does look great, ut make no mistake, lose up it does deserve a new paint job. Please see pictures. Glass is good-not new. Car is tinted. Fade front to rear dark by Dr. Detail in Costa Mesa. Had passenger mirror, ell off on trip from CA---was a good laugh. Have extra bumper---front and rear, xtra front clip, nd extra hood. I spent many trips at Memory Lane Junk Yard. Have some extra trim pieces. See pictures. If you want museum piece---the bodyworkwill need love. This car has never had Hydraulics or cut frame. As far as I can tell perfectly straight underneath.
Interior: Original. ALL original. Couple tears on rear seats. Fronts good. Carpet good. Nothing inside is perfect, ut clean and acceptable. Dash pad cracked. See pictures. Adjuster needs work. New seat belt set (rear not installed yet). Many new trim pieces. New OEM screw kit. Switches. No glove. New shifter boot. RARE MOMO Daytona four leather and carbon fiber steering wheel. Headliner pretty much gone. Interior lighting works. Full Clifford alarm system. PDL. Radar. Headlights. Flashers. Backup batt. Shock. Door pins. Trunk and hood.Loaded. Heater works great. Wipers work. Many seals and bumpers replaced (some still not installed yet). Trim and cranks. All other lights work great.
Issues:Speedometer. Gas guage. Radio. Interior-as discussed. Left turn signal. Horn. Paint and body. Bumper dents. Leaks minimaloil (tiny). Worn steering box. It also has scrapes on bottom of car from being lowered.
There is no suspect motivation for selling. I am selling with a clean conscience. Any additional questions concerns just let me know. If you are close, ome up for a test drive. Well go for a nice scenic drive. I wont baby it. I have alot of extra parts as seen in the pictures, nd a bunch of boxes of parts not pictured, o you will need a way to get those home too. All manuals, ooks, eceipts, d rom, nd documentation ---all items and parts in pictures go with the car.THIS IS A FEW THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FREE BONUS PARTS!Parts aren't cheap and easy to find. There aren't any cars listed usually with extra parts. Please consider this.Any questions ask.The title is clean and in my name ready to go.
This car is also listed locally. So the car sells, will pull it from Ebay. Otherwise it is available.
If you are the winning buyer, expect FULL payment within 7 days (even if you cant make it to me to pick up). $500 depositby PAYPAL within3 days. I can hold onto the car reasonably longer. I knowwe will have to coordinate. We can discuss. It reallyjust sits in the garage. Payment can be by PAYPAL, r cash only. We have banks here in old "Podunk" Cedar City Utah, o pulling your money out shouldn't be a problem. We will do the money transaction at the bank in front of a teller.If there is any other situation ask me BEFORE bidding. If you are not present, nd I am dealing with a shipper, O CAR OR TITLE unless your funds have cleared. I have dealt with transporters before. Shouldn't be a problem. Not sob stories.
You can just drive it as-is. You can restore it later down the road. Enjoy it now. It isn't an un-running dream project that will just sit in your garage. Remember it "aint no fun if the car doesn't run"...............this car runs.
This car is fun to drive, ven for ice cream trips or whatever. Especially with all the windows down. You WILL get waves, humbs ups, tares, ooks, eople pulling up next to you, icture takers etc.....This car will make you basically a celebrity. You wont be able to go to any store without someone coming up to you and starting a conversation. This car seems to appeal to kids---all the way to old people. Many will tell you of stories of owning, r someone in the family, r whatever owning one. Funny---the stories they tell you never get old. This model was one of the highest selling Chevrolets of all times, et you just don't see many of them ever driving around. People will talk to you, trangers of all sorts become friendly. If you aren't married this car will get you there, r at least a date.....This "Batmobile" has huge presence and is just a magnet for people.And even though it is far from perfect, o one seems to care. They just love the car. It just looks sweet. As a perfect example-----in expectation for selling the car, put it in The Las Vegas Desert Cruzers car show last weekend and took home a third place trophy in the modified class. I was against a mondo amount of perfect cars with tens of thousands of dollars sunk into them. Didn't matter. Tons of money in the wrong car gets you nowhere. The point being is my 1966 Impala has the look. It looks great. It looks mean. Looks mysterious. It looks like no other Impala. My "Batmobile" would look great in your garage.....
Thanks for looking and happy bidding!!!