This 1967 Impala SS 427 Is an Amazing Find With Too Many Questions Without an Answer

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Photo: eBay seller jgar89498
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The debut of a new-generation Impala in 1965 continued the nameplate's ascension, especially as its sales did not stop increasing.
1965 was also the year when the Impala finally made its way to automotive history books. It became the first car after WWII, whose sales exceeded 1 million units in a single year. It was an achievement that didn't surprise anyone, mainly because Impala was bound to become a hit since it graduated to a stand-alone series in 1959.

The post-1965 years witnessed small declines for Chevy's superstar. In 1966, the GM brand decided to promote the Caprice to a stand-alone series after offering it as part of the Impala lineup. Unsurprisingly, Caprice cannibalized Impala's audience, so the year sales fell for the first time since launch.

1967 brought new changes to the Impala series, some enforced by the new federal regulations. Chevrolet equipped the Impalas with a fully collapsible energy-absorbing steering column, side marker lights, and shoulder belts for non-convertible versions.

The engine lineup also witnessed small changes, though it remained largely the same as the previous year. The 425-horsepower version of the 427 big-block bit the dust, so now the top version was the L36 – also a 427 with a power rating of 385 horsepower.

The SS 427 remained the coolest kid on the block, with significant upgrades, including standard disc brakes on the front. The decision made sense, especially as the Impala SS needed upgraded brakes to handle the engine power.

1967 Impala SS 427
Photo: eBay seller jgar89498
Now it's time for what looks like a perfectly preserved gem that any collector would be happy to park in their garage.

A 1967 Impala SS still flexing the matching-numbers powertrain is looking for a new home, and while I admit the car looks intriguing, the listing doesn't address some of the most important questions a seller would have.

Let's start with the juiciest detail and tell you the car comes with the L36 unit I detailed earlier. It's the 385-horsepower engine – the top engine on the 1967 Impala – paired with a 4-speed transmission. The car has factory disk brakes, a tachometer, and a rear window defogger.

As anyone can see in the photos shared on eBay by seller jgar89498, the car comes in an incredible collection outside, inside, and in the engine back. Everything looks almost spotless, though I don't believe this is a perfect-10 SS. Potential buyers should still thoroughly check out all metal parts, especially the undersides and the trunk. I don't expect the floors to be rusty, especially considering the overall condition of this Impala, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

The seller explains that a previous car owner found it in a garage. The Impala SS was sitting for 11 years, so they pulled it from storage and cleaned it, bringing it to the condition that anyone can see today.

1967 Impala SS 427
Photo: eBay seller jgar89498
Now let's move to the ambiguous part.

The owner doesn't share any information as to whether the car has ever been restored or it's still an unmolested gem that nobody touched during its entire lifetime. An unrestored and unmolested Impala SS is worth a small fortune, especially in such a great condition, so such details would significantly make the car more appealing. Collectors typically pay big bucks for such classics, so the seller could miss the opportunity of making more money without sharing these details.

We also don't know if the car continues to be entirely original. The vehicle spent more than a decade in a garage, and given a previous owner saved it, maybe they also performed fixes that altered its original condition. The information is missing, so your best option is to bring a good mechanic and inspect everything closely, mainly because the car is unlikely to sell cheaply.

1967 Impala SS 427
Photo: eBay seller jgar89498
And last but not least, the mileage raises more questions than answers. The seller says in the eBay listing summary that the odometer reads 5,126 miles (8,249 km). This number is undoubtedly incredible for a car this old, but the mileage could be one of two things. On the one hand, the seller probably mistyped the mileage, so maybe the car has 51,260 miles on the clock. On the other hand, it could also be a restored vehicle with a rebuilt engine, in which case the low mileage makes more sense. Either way, I think the seller should clarify this, especially because the mileage isn't shared anywhere in the ad's text.

I'm not surprised that the car receives so much attention on eBay, as it received 12 bids in just a few hours online. The top bid is currently $25,000, but the seller has also enabled a reserve. It's still in place at the time of writing, and its value is unclear, so time will tell if someone will send a bid high enough to secure 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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