Restoration Suspended 49 Years Ago: 1964 Chevy Impala Parked in 1975 Needs a Second Chance

The 1964 Impala in these photos was this close to returning to the road in tip-top shape 49 years ago, but the owner had different plans. They left the car in storage, abandoned the project, and forgot the Impala existed.
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Photo: eBay seller 2012billybay
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eBay seller 2012billybay doesn't share many specifics about the car's condition, claiming that it's a stalled restoration that needs to be put back together.

They claim the car is "in generally good condition and complete," so theoretically, this Impala needs only a new owner ready to assemble it.

However, given the missing details, your best option is to inspect the car in person before committing to a purchase, especially because the photos show the Impala sleeping under a cover in someone's garage. Half of the car is still in hiding, so you must remove the cover and put it on a lift to determine its condition.

The mysterious tidbits concern the powertrain.

The owner says this Impala still has an engine that looks like a 327, albeit they can't guarantee it's a small block.

The 327 was an optional V8 on the 1964 Impala, with Chevrolet offering two versions with 250 and 300 horsepower, respectively. The base V8 was the famous Turbo-Fire 283 with 195 horsepower, while the top choice was the 409. The big block returned to the Impala lineup in three versions. The top-of-the-range configuration developed 425 horsepower.

This Impala's owner claims the car might also come with a Powerglide two-speed transmission, but its condition is unclear. They say they "can't guarantee the condition of tranny," but a good mechanic will be able to tell if it's worth the worth in a few minutes. The engine also needs to be assembled, likely as the previous owner removed it for a rebuild.

A 1964 Impala sitting for decades could come with critical metal problems, especially because a stalled restoration prevented it from going out occasionally. The engine hasn't started in nearly 50 years, so I wouldn't expect good news under the hood, either.

The owner believes the unfinished restoration makes this Impala a highly desirable classic requiring only minor work to return to the road, so they don't want to let the car go cheaply. They expect to get $7,500 for the project, but the Make Offer button has also been enabled if someone has another deal in mind.

eBay's statistics indicate that 26 people are already monitoring the listing, but with three days remaining until the Impala goes offline, it's hard to believe someone will pay that much without first inspecting the car in person. If you want to see it live and figure out if the car is worth your time and money, you must travel to Coram, New York.
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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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