1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe
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 sexy and clean Impala is a classy stunner that mixes 283 cubic
inches of power with a 3-speed manual, 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 Crocus Yellow covered
steel panels. Tastefully breaking up the yellow are window
surrounds, wheel well brite-work, and a rocker trim. These and the
mirror and handles make up this sport coupe hardtop with overall
good gaps but some slight rust bubbling apparent at the bottom of
the doors as well as paint flaws in the hood and runs above the
wheel arches. To the rear, where the 3 individual round tail light
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. 14-inch standoff turbine style wheel covers are all around
and are shod in 215/70R14 thin white stripe rubber.
A very clean original in appearance interior greets us with a swing
of the doors, on whose panels are black 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, split in
the front stretch from door to door and side panel to side panel
and are in great unrestored condition. Also, in black with smooth
bolsters and tuck and roll vinyl inserts 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 the factory AM radio. Down low on the
dash is a walnut applique strip that houses multiple chrome knobs,
pulls and the slides for the heater which has a new heater core.
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. Heavily faded black carpet, now showing with faded
hues of orange, floods the floors and is protected by black floor
mats. A tight black perforated headliner hangs above and has
working courtesy lamps.
Sitting in the cavernous engine bay is a correct and date based
original 283ci V8 topped with a 2bbl carburetor and orange
Chevrolet script valve coverings and a chrome air filter lid and
oil filler cap for a bit of dress up. A 3-speed column shifted
manual transmission is on the back of the mill and it throws power
back to a 10-bolt rear weighing in with 3.08 gears. We note a new
radiator core support has recently been installed.
An accumulation of surface rust, patina riddled paint,
undercoating, and road dirt are seen on this undercarriage, however
nothing remarkable as to structural integrity compromise or
problematic and to keep things rigidly held together are new body
mounts. Independent coil springs are the suspension for the front,
and a 4 link with new coil springs and shocks are on the rear. Drum
brakes are all around, and a stock style dual exhaust snakes across
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 with the exception of the
horn not tooting.
A clean, unmodified very desirable 2-Door Sport Coupe with some
Crocus Yellow paint, good brite-work and chrome, and some power to
boot. Load up the family and get ready for your next weekend
37-2 Door Coupe
D-Doraville, GA Assy Plant
185778-Sequential Unit Number
06C-3rd Week June
ST 65 16437-1965 Impala 2 Door Coupe
BDY BA16582-Doraville Body #
TR 814-Black Vinyl
PNT YY-Crocus Yellow
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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