Man Bought a 1965 Impala SS in 1965, Car Fallen in Disrepair, "Who Cares?"

1965 Impala SS fighting for life 6 photos
Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/Craigslist
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Chevrolet had the time of its life in 1965 when sales went through the roof. The GM brand shipped over 2.3 million cars, and the full-size lineup accounted for over 1.6 million units.
The Impala was already the best-selling car in the United States and the number one model bringing home the bacon for Chevrolet, and its performance in 1965 did not disappoint. Over 803K customers ordered an Impala this year, and more than 243K people picked the separate Impala SS series.

Overall, the Impala surpassed a historical milestone: over 1 million units sold in one year, setting a record that remained in place for decades.

Chevrolet decided to stick with the strategy that made the Impala a money-making machine. The Impala series included 10 engines, 19 exterior colors, 10 two-tone combinations, and plenty of options, including the super-expensive air conditioning, which could be had for $364.

The Impala SS in these photos received a second chance in 1990 but eventually fell into disrepair after no longer receiving much attention. The owner explained on Craigslist that this Impala SS, allegedly still complete, was driven and parked in their yard last year. The brakes were replaced, and the interior was removed and stored inside the house.

Everything about this Impala shows that the owner wants to get rid of it. They explain that the original engine – a 283 V8 paired with a Powerglide transmission – is no longer around, and the car now uses a 350ci unit. They say the valves might be sticking, but "who cares?". A good mechanic should be able to decrypt more information about the car, and the owner emphasizes that a thorough inspection is recommended before driving the vehicle.

The Impala's condition is obvious, and while the owner originally claimed the vehicle was complete, they say they "may or may not have the center console and original shifter." The rust has already invaded the metal parts, but the inside of the trunk has exhibited such damage since the early '90s. The floor panes were repaired 20 years ago, and everything suggests you won't spend much time dealing with the rust damage.

A 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS certainly deserves better and shouldn't be left to rot under the clear sky. The more time passes, the bigger the chances of becoming a rust bucket, so fingers crossed that someone spots the car and decides to take it home. The owner says they are willing to let it go for $5,000, and considering it's unclear what happens under the hood, you'll need a trailer to take it home.

You can find it in Huntsville, but you should call the owner to ask all the questions before committing to a purchase.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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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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