Sitting on this trailer is a classic with a bit of a story to tell. The seller purchased it from the widow of the previous owner. It has sat since 2010 but is a solid beast that could be the ultimate sleeper.
Beneath that subtle exterior beats a heart of pure gold that would provide mind-bending performance. This solid classic needs a new home, with the seller listing it here on eBay in San Tan Valley, Arizona. Bidding currently sits below the reserve at $27,000.
There’s a bit to consider with this Impala. The seller apologizes for accidentally misrepresenting the car in their listing, confirming that it isn’t a genuine SS despite the badges. They lowered their reserve accordingly, leading me to give them top marks for honesty. The car has spent its life around its current location, helping to explain the baked state of its Palomar Red paint.
It has been detailed since these photos were shot, with the seller willing to forward updated images to potential buyers. The panels show no significant damage, but the lack of substantial rust might attract some enthusiasts. This small section on the hood’s trailing edge appears to be it. The remaining exterior steel is clean, with the seller confirming the floors and trunk pan are rock-solid. The trim looks like it would respond well to polish, and the glass is free from major problems.
Depending on how the Impala presents following its detailing, the winning bidder might be able to address the rust but preserve the rest of the car as a survivor. If they choose that option, its drivetrain could make it a genuine sleeper that could surprise the unwary.
I’m sure I am not alone in wondering whether the powerhouse under the hood is original to this Impala. It is probably of little consequence to most enthusiasts, but it will have some impact on its potential value. I believe the bidding will have to pass $30,000 before achieving the reserve, but the fifteen submitted so far suggest it should happen.
What would you do with this classic if it found its way into your workshop? Would it be restoration or preservation? The car would draw admiring looks in either form, and its drivetrain would command respect when let off the leash. I’d find it hard to choose. Would you?