NEW PRICE! Super straight, clean SC car. Original L30 327/250, 3-speed automatic, ice cold A/C, new interior and paint, awesome stance. The ultimate road trip car!
Despite the slammed stance and oversized rolling stock, this car is still pretty stock, so don’t be fooled. Code 916 Daytona Blue is the car’s original color and it was repainted just a few years ago and incorporates a charcoal gray top for a cool two-tone look that’s still quite subtle. It hails from South Carolina, so the bodywork is quite straight and doesn’t appear to have been rusty or wrecked, and the repaint wasn’t a cheap quickie job but one that probably cost a fairly significant chunk of change. All the factory trim is still intact, including the cool C-shaped stainless along the flanks and the iconic 1964 Impala grille.
The interior is almost all new, including seat covers, door panels, carpets, and headliner. It isn’t custom stuff, it’s authentic-looking reproduction pieces in the original code 836 blue vinyl that look great. Original gauges amount to a speedometer and fuel gauge, plus a quartet of warning lights, and they all work properly, and they’re joined by a trio of auxiliary dials under the dash. You’ll also note that this is a factory A/C car and it blows ice cold thanks to $2500 worth of new hardware working behind the scenes. Other options include a power front seat and a power rear window in the tailgate, which still works! There’s also a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo head unit powering new speakers in custom kick panels and in the cargo area and it sounds great.
We believe the engine is the original S-coded L30 327 cubic inch V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor and 250 horsepower. It’s mostly stock but plenty robust, pulling the big wagon around with genuine authority, with the only notable upgrade being an MSD ignition system that ensures that it fires off immediately every time. It was rebuilt when the car was refinished and runs superbly with a smooth idle and plenty of power at any speed. It’s wearing a coat of Chevy Orange, a correct air cleaner assembly, and factory valve covers with fresh decals advertising the 327 cubes living underneath. It’s also wearing factory “ram’s horn” exhaust manifolds and uses the original fan shroud to keep plenty of air moving through the giant aluminum radiator up front. There’s a new A/C compressor up top (in fact, all the A/C hardware is brand new), a fresh alternator, and a new wiper motor. Can you see how this would make an awesome road trip machine?
Originally equipped with a PowerGlide transmission, it was upgraded to a fresh TH350 3-speed automatic during the build and it makes all the difference in around-town performance and comfort. Out back, it has punchy 3.23 gears that are still comfortable on the highway. The suspension has obviously been lowered using custom springs up front and a combination of springs and blocks in back, and air shocks have been added to fine-tune the ride height with a load in back. Remarkably, it rides quite well, not harsh, and if anything, we might advise a set of stiffer shocks in back to keep it buttoned down a little better. Power steering and power brakes make it effortless to drive for anyone and the custom dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers and turn-downs just ahead of the rear tires sounds great without getting annoying on the highway. Floors are original and in good shape with no signs that the car has spent time in winter weather and the frame hasn’t been cut, welded, or modified, so the structure is solid. Big 18-inch Boss Motorsports wheels look awesome, especially since they’re the same color as the roof, and carry staggered performance radials that ride and handle rather well.
We like this car. A lot. I’ve been driving it regularly for a few weeks and it took a while for us to decide whether we really wanted to give it up. We love it the way it is, but we also see a lot of potential with a set of big disc brakes inside those wheels and maybe an overdrive transmission to turn it into the ultimate road trip cruiser. With an awesome look, lots of recent expensive work, and lots of desirable options it remains the top-of-the-line for Chevys in 1964 and at this price, it’s pretty hard to resist. Call today!
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