Yard Survivor: 1964 Chevrolet Impala Raises Unanswered Questions

1964 didn’t bring many changes to the Impala lineup for a simple reason. Chevrolet was already gearing up for a massive overhaul due in 1965, so most resources were already directed at the new generation.

The 1964 Impala could be had in the same body styles, namely four-door sedan, four-door hardtop, four-door station wagon, two-door hardtop, and two-door convertible.

The engine lineup was the same as in the previous years, with one big exception: the 409 big-block unit. The 409 returned in 1964 to provide Impala SS buyers with a worthy mill, joining the lineup with three power configurations. The top was rated at 425 horsepower and was available on any full-size model in Chevy’s lineup, though it was a perfect match with the Super Sport.

The two-door hardtop that eBay seller na-782067 posted online earlier this week is powered by the base 283 V8 available during this model year. The matching-numbers engine still runs.

A 1964 Impala is typically a desirable model in both tip-top shape and project car condition, but I’d still be interested in the answers to several big questions. While the car looks doable, the owner doesn’t reveal any information regarding the storage place. The Impala looks like it’s been sitting outside for a long time, so you should expect a concerning amount of rust. The undercarriage could be wrecked, and I can already see the typical damage in the trunk.

The owner admits in the listing that their Impala needs bodywork, but without more specifics, you’ll need a visual inspection before committing to a purchase.

It’s unclear if the 283 has ever been overhauled and if the Impala is complete. The answers to these questions would make a huge difference, especially for someone looking for an all-original Impala to restore.

The car is otherwise a fantastic find and appears to be one of the few examples exported to Canada in 1964. I couldn’t find any numbers regarding the number of Impalas shipped outside the US for this model year, but it’s safe to say that a few are still around today.

Restoring an Impala can be a very rewarding experience, both financially and from saving a classic car perspective. The vehicle looks like a challenging project, especially if you’re aiming for a restoration to factory specifications, but the interior looks complete, the engine still runs, and most of the trim is still in place. You’ll spend most of your time fixing the metal.

The bidding starts at $4,900 and is scheduled to end in six days. If you believe the car is worth a second chance and want to take it home, remember it’s still in Canada, so you’ll have to take it home from Ontario

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