1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396
Despite being one of Chevy's perennial best-sellers, we don't see many cars like this 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396 convertible. Maybe survival rates are low but we suspect that the guys who own these cars love them so much they just don't want to let them go. And with this car's strong-running big block, a 4-speed, and a top that goes down, it's easy to understand why they're so beloved. There's nothing that says summertime better than a big convertible with a big engine, and this handsome Imp wears code C Ermine White better than most. It's not perfect today but a professional buff would really wake up the paint, which is why white is so easy to work with. This car isn't far from being amazing. Better yet, all the bodywork is in excellent shape, with those creases looking sharp enough to give you a paper cut and good gaps that suggest this convertible has led an easy life. White paint accentuates the car's understated good looks and this is a real SS, so the badges on the grille and deck lid are legit and those '396' emblems on the front fenders might constitute a threat in some counties. It continues the Impala's three-element taillight with a stylized version of the look and all the chrome and stainless trim sparkles against the bodywork with a very period-appropriate shine. It's hard to not get attention in this car. The code 813 black bucket seat interior is mostly original save for new seat covers and as an SS, the buckets and console were standard equipment. It's awesome to see a console and a 4-speed in a full-sized cruiser like this, and for being 50 years old, it really looks good. Those new seat covers are in excellent condition with few signs of use and no UV damage, the dash pad hasn't been dried out by the sun, and the back seat looks hardly used. Big, round gauges cover the basics and still look great, and the woodgrained steering wheel helps soften the all-black passenger compartment. You also get an AM/FM radio with a very rare 8-track unit on the center console and a nice black power convertible top with matching boot. In back, there's a cavernous trunk that's neatly finished with a proper mat and a full-sized spare tire with jack assembly. It's powered by its original, numbers-matching 396 cubic inch V8, which, according to the air cleaner is an L35 325 horsepower version. It's been dressed the way the factory intended, with plain valve covers, a single-snorkel air cleaner, and proper decals on top. Chevy Orange paint pops against the satin black engine bay and there's nothing like a big block Chevy V8 for smooth torque production, even in a big ragtop like this. The only upgrades are a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and an HEI ignition system, and the power brake booster was recently replaced. The 4-speed manual gearbox is a blast to run through the gears, especially in such a big car, and the rear end seems to have some relatively tall gears in it, so this cruiser just loafs along on the highway. A stock-spec dual exhaust system gives it a bit of a muscular voice but never gets too aggressive and there's still nothing that rides like a full-sized American ragtop. Factory Rally wheels with updated redline radials give it a sporty period look without upsetting the luxury car ride. A big, handsome convertible with V8 power, a 4-speed, and no stories, all at a bargain price. Pretty hard to go wrong with that. Call today!