Resilient Yet Rusty: 1964 Chevy Impala Reveals Detroit Metal’s Fragility

Chevrolet Impala was already enjoying the time of its life in 1964, with sales going through the roof every year. The GM brand was giving the finishing touches to a new-generation model projected to see daylight in 1965, so the 1964 model year didn’t bring significant changes.

It was still a highly desirable model that witnessed several tweaks in terms of engines as Chevrolet reintroduced the 409 as a big-block option.
The mill was available in three power choices, beginning with the 340-horsepower unit and ending with the 425-horsepower version also available on the Biscayne and the Bel Air. While the 409 425 HP looked like the perfect configuration for an Impala SS, it could be ordered for any Impala in 1964.
A 1964 Impala that has been sitting for many years made its way to eBay earlier this week, hoping to impress someone looking for a project and not necessarily interested in daily driver condition.
The car is rough, and the rust has already taken its toll, with heavy damage in all typical places. The floors look wrecked, and the trunk will require a new panel. The frame also exhibits a similar problem, so the car will need a lot of metal repairs before even thinking of a return to the road.
The bad news doesn’t stop here. The Impala sells without an engine, so I’m certain the car previously served as a donor for another project.It might seem like a reason to walk away, but if you don’t plan on restoring this Impala to factory specifications, it could be a cheaper way to buy the car. Install your engine and transform the Impala into a restomod or a daily driver that’s more potent than ever. Seller ifeellikepie didn’t reveal what engine was installed in this two-door hardtop when it rolled off the assembly lines, but a 409 425 horsepower would fit it like a glove.

If you have this big-block unit, you could also attempt to build an Impala SS clone, though considering the rust damage, bringing the car back on the road will be a major challenge.The car is priced higher than what a rusty 1964 Impala is typically worth, but the owner also enabled the Make Offer option, so they’re willing to negotiate the selling price as long as you’re committed to a purchase. They want around $4,000 for their Impala project, but I believe $3,000 is a reasonable offer, especially considering the rust all over the car and the lack of an engine.

The vehicle is currently parked in Canton, Georgia, and you’ll need a trailer to take it home. It also sells with several extras to help you with your project, no matter if you’re aiming for a restomod, a lowrider, or something else

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