After World War II, the 1965 Impala was the first automobile to sell over a million units in a single year, making it the undisputed monarch of the American auto industry.
This accomplishment demonstrated how well Chevrolet’s prior years’ approach had worked to make the Impala nearly an overnight triumph. The vehicle made its debut in 1958, went on to become a series in 1959, and a few years later, it was the best-selling model in the US.
The 1965 model year was also a turning point for the Impala, as the second half of the decade brought declining sales due to the introduction of other models (which eventually cannibalized its demand).
In 1966, Chevrolet promoted the Caprice to a stand-alone series, causing an important drop in Impala sales. Previously, the Caprice was a version of the Impala, as Chevrolet probably hoped to repeat the 1958 success when the Impala debuted as a Bel Air version.
The Super Sport remained an important catalyst for strong Impala sales, and someone on eBay claims they have the perfect example for someone drooling over an Impala SS.
Because it’s a project and doesn’t have an engine, you can put whatever in it, and the metal pieces haven’t been completely destroyed by rust, it doesn’t cost a fortune.
It seems likely that the Impala SS has been resting for a while, but vendor bnbautosales doesn’t provide much details. According to the pictures, the metal has already entered the body, although not too much damage has been done. They say the floorboards are solid, but I’d like to witness this for myself because classic Chevys that have been resting for a while usually have severe rust damage on the undersides.
The SS was born with a 327 V8 under the hood, but the engine is no longer there. I believe the car previously served as a donor for another project, but the seller claims it’s complete, so no big parts except for the engine and the transmission should be missing.
The Impala’s interior appears to have withstood a zombie invasion, with the seats irreparably damaged. Although it will require a thorough restoration, the good news is that you may design the car anyway you like—especially since it is engine-less.
That is definitely a high bar, especially when you consider the absence of the engine and the interior. But the best course of action is to visit Brookings, South Dakota, to view it in person since a completely repaired Impala SS might be worth 10 times more.