Time Traveler '68 Impala SS Convertible Wakes Up In Denver

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
time traveler 68 impala ss convertible wakes up in denver

I see a fair number of total beater 1960s Detroit convertibles on the street, and nicely restored examples show up from time to time, but I’m not sure what to make of this clean-but-nowhere-near-show-quality Impala SS parked on a freezing night in downtown Denver.

This car appears to have about five years of wear on it— original paint, original interior, not obsessively cared for but just not old-looking. How? Why? It’s possible that it spent 35 years in a garage… or perhaps it just popped out of a wormhole from 1973! Sorry about the crappy cell-phone photos; I don’t bring my good camera on late-night taco-obtainment missions.

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  • Pete Madsen Pete Madsen on Nov 27, 2010

    On a very rare 20-degree day in Tacoma last Tuesday we saw a 1969 Pontiac convertible. Didn't get a good look at it, as it had turned by the time we got to the intersection. An odd day for such a car to be out as there was road sand everywhere. That Impala does have a collector vehicle plate on it rather than normal pass. plates.

  • Texan01 Texan01 on Nov 29, 2010

    My '77 Chevelle would be considered a decently maintained original car, down to the faded and in some places down to the primer original metallic green paint. I'm fixing the interior up, and making it mechanically sound, but leaving the exterior alone for now, as I'm not afraid to drive it on long road trips, to work, run errands, basically drive it like it was meant to be used. Heck in the 18 months I've owned it, I've put 10,000 miles on it. Sorting the 305 out and swapping the fried THM-350 gives me great pleasure after deaing with computers all day. I had a '76 as my daily driver for my first 8 years of my driving career so I'm no stranger to it. Where I work there are tons of BMW and Mercs, but that slightly battered and worn Chevelle gets the looks. Unlike sis' BMW 3 er which I feel completely invisible in.

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that