Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1965 Chevrolet Impala
In celebration of their 50th year of production, Chevrolet introduced the Impala. Designs were changing, moving away from traditional tail fins being replaced by deep sculpted rear panels, dual headlamps, larger "greenhouse" passenger compartments, and upgrades in suspension and engine options. Interior finishes such as color keyed door panels, and brushed aluminum began at this time as well. Through generations 1 to 3, styling got sleeker, passenger compartments lower, and emphasis was on a look of a car in motion, when it was sitting still.
Flashy muscle cars are fun, and polished customs are nice, but for some folks there's nothing better than a well-done cruiser. No gimmicks, no frills and no drama; just sun and fun - LOTS of fun. This exceptionally clean Impala is a classy stunner that mixes 283 cubic inches of power with a 2-speed Powerglide, some new upgrading, and tasteful aesthetics. Oh, and did I mention it also can go in a straight line in a not too shabby style as well?
This classic design uses sculpted steel and chrome accenting to its advantage and creates an iconic year for the Impala. Dual headlights flanking a nice multiple rectangle opening grille, clean shining bumper below and we then see miles of Mist Blue covered steel panels. Tastefully breaking up the blue are window surrounds, wheel well brite-work, and a rocker trim. These and the mirror and handles make up this "more door" sport with overall good gaps but some slight rust bubbling apparent. To the rear where the 3 individual round taillight configuration per side has been embedded into the trunk lid and rear of the quarter panels and is framed on the bottom by the clean bumper. 15-inch Chevrolet rally wheels are all around and 235/60R15 raised white letter rubber is all around.
A very clean, original in appearance interior greets us with a swing of the doors, on whose panels are blue vinyl with an intersecting linear pattern that has buttons at each line crossing, clean cranks and handles and a textured lower panel. The dual benches stretch from door to door and are in great unrestored condition. Also, in blue checkered broadcloth and blue vinyl they have a nifty button pattern that mimics the buttoned intersections on the door panels. The original looking dash is there and holds not only the factory instruments but a clock and an aftermarket AM/FM/cassette player. This is fronted by an original dual spoke steering wheel with its chrome Impala logoed horn ring. Just a few scrapes are here but mostly clean. Deep blue unstained carpet floods the floors and is protected by black floor mats. A tight headliner floats above and has a few smudges and stains on it.
Sitting in the cavernous engine bay is a 283ci V8 topped with a 2bbl carburetor and chrome valve coverings and a bowtie oil filler cap for a bit of dress up. A 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission is on the back of the mill, and it throws power back to a 10-bolt rear weighing in with 3.07 gears.
An accumulation of surface rust, patina paint, and road dirt are seen on this undercarriage, however nothing remarkable as to structural integrity compromise or problematic. Independent coil springs are the suspension for the front, and a 4 link with coil springs are on the rear. Drum brakes are all around, and a Flowmaster dual exhaust snakes across the undercarriage.
A turn of the key and we are running like a champ with a nice throaty exhaust sound. The transmission shifts smoothly, and one can feel the power as you pick up speed. Steering is tight, brakes are solid, and it was an overall enjoyable experience with a smooth ride. All is functioning well on this car.
A not often seen 4 door sport sedan with some Mist Blue paint, good brite-work and chrome, and some power to boot. Load up the family and get ready for your next weekend adventure.
39-4 Door Sport Sedan
Y-Wilmington, DE Assy Plant
130073-Sequential Unit Number
12C-3rd Week December Build
ST 65 16439-1965 Impala 4 Door Sport Sedan
BDY B4447-Wilmington Body #
TR 842B-Blue Cloth & Vinyl Bench
PNT DDA-Mist Blue & Black
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