1964 Chevy Impala Rotting Away in a Field Proves You Shouldn't Judge a Book by Its Cover

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Photo: eBay seller gordo.and
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1963 was a fabulous year for Chevrolet from a sales perspective. Everything worked like a charm, and the full-size lineup, with Impala in pole position, dominated the American automotive space.
Chevrolet sold more than 1.5 million full-size cars, and the Impala was responsible for more than half of this figure. The car accounted for 832,600 units, and customers' appetite for V8 engines was on the rise. Approximately 735,900 Impalas produced in 1963 rolled off the assembly lines with V8 engines under the hood, and thank God, the number of people fitting a six-cylinder unit on the SS was declining.

Statistics show that over 153,000 customers ordered the Super Sport, available in 1963 as RPO ZO3 and carrying a $161 price tag.

The engine lineup started with the base six rated at 140 horsepower and continued with the famous 283 producing 195 horsepower.

1964 Chevy Impala
Photo: eBay seller gordo.and
Chevrolet offered several more powerful options, including the increasingly popular 327 with 250, 300, and 340 horsepower. The top 327 version was fitted with a four-barrel carburetor and a dual exhaust system, and despite the $349 price tag, it became a popular choice on the 1963 Impala.

However, the big-block offering didn't stop here, and the 409 joined the Impala lineup to provide customers interested in more power with 400 and 425 horsepower choices. The 427 V8, available as the Z11 drag pack package, produced over 500 horsepower and came with dual four-barrel carburetors, dual exhaust, and a weight reduced to 3,340 pounds.

The 1964 model year brought another increase, with the Impala accounting for $889,500 units of all 1.57 million Chevys built this year. The Super Sport, now available as a standalone series, was also more successful.

1964 Chevy Impala
Photo: eBay seller gordo.and
A 1964 Impala landed on eBay thanks to seller gordo.and, who claims the vehicle is an original Nebraska car that can also be used for parts. Unfortunately, this Impala exhibits a very rough shape, albeit a skilled restorer could still attempt a complete restoration.

We don't get much information, and the seller claims they can provide more information and photos on request. However, the images suggest that this Impala has been sitting for years in a field, possibly under the clear sky.

If you're an Impala connoisseur, you probably know what this means. A car sleeping under the clear sky could come with major rust, and I don't think this 1964 model makes an exception. The body still looks solid, but a potential buyer should put this car on a lift and inspect the undersides. The chances are that the floors are wrecked, so it's safe to assume you'll need at least major patches.

1964 Chevy Impala
Photo: eBay seller gordo.and
The interior looks wrecked, but this isn't surprising. The cabin must be redone entirely, but the good news is that most parts are still in place – it doesn't mean the car is complete, but if you want to start a complete restoration, you won't need to look for everything. The seats are in horrible shape, and the rear seats might be in a condition that no longer allows them to be restored.

The engine is one of the most mysterious bits of this Impala. The VIN code suggests the car rolled off the assembly lines with a V8 engine under the hood, but it's unclear if the factory unit is still inside.

The photos confirm that the car still has an engine, but as with everything else, we know nothing about it. I don't believe it'd be an exaggeration to consider the engine a useless piece of metal, especially if the car has been sitting under the clear sky. However, fingers crossed that the engine turns over by hand so someone who buys the vehicle can give it a second chance.

1964 Chevy Impala
Photo: eBay seller gordo.and
All signs suggest this Impala is a doable project, and as a big Chevy fan, I can only hope it doesn't end up becoming a donor for other projects. It's a 1964 Impala (the seller repeatedly calls it a 1963 model, but even the VIN indicates it's a 1964 model year) whose place should be on the road, not necessarily in tip-top factory shape but as a daily driver with non-original parts.

One of the biggest roadblocks in its struggle to return to the road is the selling price. The owner doesn't want to let this Impala sell cheaply, as they expect to get $4,500 for it. The price is firm, so the Make Offer button is not available, meaning that your only option is to tap the Buy it Now option and pay the full price. The listing will expire in approximately one week, so it'll be interesting to see if someone decides to give it a second chance.

Meanwhile, the Impala still sleeps under the clear sky in Haxtun, Colorado, and considering its shape, you'll need a trailer to take it home, no matter the project you have in mind.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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