This 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible is one of those cars where the more you look, the more there is to like. Great colors, a smooth 327 with a 4-speed gearbox, and just 39,947 original miles, making it a great place for you and some friends to spend some quality time. It's just more proof that it's hard to go wrong with a mid-60s GM convertible.
This isn't a show car, but the all-new 1965 Impala had show car looks when it hit the streets. Clean, modern, and shedding all remnants of 1950s excess, the new design is an absolute slam-dunk. Code K Artesian Turquoise is this car's original color, and remarkably enough, the paint was refinished in the 1980s and still looks great. Not perfect, but pretty darned good for being 30 years old. There are a few signs of use and age here and there, but the quality of the work is visible everywhere you look on this lovely car. Gaps are tight, the panels line up as they should, and details are sharp, all hallmarks of craftsmen who excel at their work and low mileage care. The big chrome grille and matching bumpers add a dressed-up look and it has a classic high-performance vibe that suits Chevy's top-of-the-line ragtop. It's a car that you'll never hesitate to jump in and just drive.
One of the car's more appealing aspects is the handsome white and turquoise interior, which is original spec according to the cowl tag. Perhaps even more appealing is the fact that it's a bucket seat car with a console and manual shifter, which emphasizes the “full-sized performance” aspect even more. As well-restored as the rest of the car, the interior is eyeball-popping at first glance and delightful in the details. Correct materials and patterns were used on the seats, door panels, and carpets, and the factory gauges include a trick manifold vacuum gauge in the original cluster and a clock down on the console. It appears that there's new weather-stripping, which seals up well and cuts down on squeaks and rattles, and the carpet is in good shape, particularly for a convertible. The power convertible top was originally white, so that's what they installed when it was time for replacement, and as an Impala, you know the trunk is positively cavernous, with spatter-finish floors and correct mat and what might be the original spare tire.
The 327 cubic inch V8 under the hood was hardly a slouch in the performance department, moving this big ragtop with plenty of power to spare. This is a warranty replacement block, and it was rebuilt to original specs save for the HEI ignition, so this car keeps its low profile under the hood. It's neatly finished in Chevy Orange with a few chrome dress-up items, lending it a tidy almost factory look. Power steering and brakes work well and with the 4-speed manual transmission, it definitely has that vintage performance feel. It barks and snarls through a reproduction exhaust system in such a way as to warm pretenders that this Imp isn't a pushover. The chassis appears to be mostly original with a light dusting of undercoating, and it sits on a set of period Rally wheels and Firestone radials.
With just three owners, a build sheet, manuals, and maintenance records, this is an outstanding full-sized luxury convertible that's a ton of fun to drive. Call today!