Sitting for "Many" Years: Is This 1968 Chevy Impala Worth Restoring?

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Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/eBay seller paradiselane1975
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It's hard not to like a Chevy Impala launched in the '60s. The Impala was the model that brought home the bacon, helping the GM brand dominate sales in the United States in a way that no other carmaker managed to achieve.
1965 was the year when Impala sales surpassed the one million units threshold. It was the first time a car went that high in the United States after WWII, with the Impala remaining a solid performer until the end of the decade.

The 1968 model year brought good news for General Motors. Chevrolet sold 1,026,000 full-size cars, without even counting the station wagons (whose popularity remained constant throughout the decade). The Impala was still the king of the full-size castle with over 710,000 cars, followed by the Bel Air, the Caprice, and the Biscayne.

A 1968 Impala landed on eBay thanks to seller paradiselane1975, who says that the car has been sitting for many years in what looks to be a garage.

Unfortunately, they only shared limited information about this Impala, and while I find it intriguing, I wouldn't be surprised if many buyers walked away at this point.

The lack of information forces us to rely on the provided photos for most details. However, the potato-quality images, which are actually phone screenshots of pictures in the gallery, make it hard to determine even the essential information. Your best option is to order a third-party inspection after you call the seller to ask for all the details.

The seller says the car still has a solid body. While I expect the typical rust suspects, including the floors and the trunk pan, I don't see any signs that the car could be a rust bucket. You should still put it on a lift and inspect the undersides, especially because this Impala has been sitting for many years.

The interior looks complete. It's not in perfect shape, but it is not wrecked either. The good news is that the car wasn't used as a donor for another project, so until now, we have a complete, possibly original, unrestored Impala.

The answer to the question in the title could be "yes," but this Impala can only find a new home at the right price. The owner listed the car on eBay with a no-reserve auction, meaning the top bidder will take it home. The digital fight will end in two days, and the highest offer is $4K.

Meanwhile, interested buyers can find the car in Rapid City, South Dakota, and they'll need a trailer to take it home. It's critical to know that the vehicle is also listed locally, so the winning bid might not necessarily guarantee you'll get your hands on this Impala.
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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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