Down On The Mile High Street: 1967 Chevrolet Impala

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

With all the relatively solid big Detroit cars from the 1960s getting eaten by The Crusher in these days of $4/gallon gasoline and $250/ton scrap steel prices, how does a rough survivor like this sedan manage to stay out of the Chinese steel foundries?

The probable answer: because it keeps running!

The mid-to-late-1960s full-sized Chevy cars (and I can’t sweat this is actually an Impala, since all the emblems and most of the trim are gone; we might be looking at a Biscayne with Impala taillights, or a detrimmed Caprice) tended to be very sturdy and simple to fix, and they were manufactured in such vast numbers— well over a million units for the 1967 model year alone, counting wagons— that parts are still easy to find. Engine blows up? No problem— just drop in a random 350 from Pick-N-Pull and off you go.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Nov 11, 2011

    These cars were actually pretty good on gas for the day when equipped with the 283 or one of the lower performance 327's. A well tuned 283 could easily get 18+mpg and a 327 wasn't far behind.

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Nov 11, 2011

    Many people that drove full size cars during the 60's and 70's now drive suvs and fullsize pickups. I grew up in the house that I now live in, and many of the neigbbors from those days who worked in the auto industry are still around. The people that worked for gm and drove cars like this back then are now driving silverados, tahoes, suburbans and the like. The retired ford workers that drove LTD's and such are now driving F-150's, explorers and expeditions. My wife's dad worked for the twinsburg chrysler plant, and back when I first met her her dad drove a D-100 and her mom had a 73 polara wagon. Now her dad drives a ram and her mom drives a grand cherokee.

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys i was only here for torchinsky
  • Tane94 Workhorse probably will be added to the heap of failed EV companies.
  • Freddie Instead of taking the day off, how about an article on the connection between Black Americans and the auto industry and car culture? Having done zero research, two topics pop into my head: Chrysler designer/executive Ralph Gilles, and the famous (infamous?) "Green Book".
  • Tane94 Either Elio Motors or Aptera Motors.
  • Billccm I think we will see history repeat itself. The French acquired AMC in the 1980s, discovered they couldn't make easy money, sold AMC off to Chrysler. Jeep is all that remained. This time the French acquired FCA, and they are discovering no easy profits. Assume an Asian manufacturer will acquire what remains of Chrysler, but this time Jeep and RAM are the only survivors.