Down On The Mile High Street: 1967 Chevrolet Impala

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
down on the mile high street 1967 chevrolet impala

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.

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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.

  • EBFlex Only 33 miles is disappointing. 50 miles should be the absolute minimum when it comes to PHEVs, especially for the cost of this Toenail
  • Theflyersfan I pass by the "old money" neighborhoods next to the golf course community where many of the doctors and non-ambulance chaser lawyers live in town and these new Range Rovers are popping up everywhere. It used to the Q8 and SQ8, but I'm thinking those leases expired, traded in, or given to their never leaving home son or daughter so they can smash it at a DUI stop, get on the news, and get out of jail free. I'm not getting into their new design language, and I like Land Rovers. They aren't supposed to look like smooth bars of soap - they need a few character lines or hints of offroad ability, even though the odds of this getting on anything other than a gravel parking lot are less than nil. And with the new Range Rover's rear and the taillights, if I wanted a small solid red bar for a lamp that did everything and then dies and then I can't tell what the car wants to do, I'd follow a late 80's, early 90's Oldsmobile 98.
  • Lou_BC Legalize cannabis for racing
  • Add Lightness Range Rovers have come a long, long ways from their original concept of a gentleman's Land Cruiser. Pretty useless off road now but the wannabees will love them until the warrantee expires.
  • ToolGuy 'Non-Land Rover' gets 2 bonus points for the correct use of carbon fiber in an automotive application. 🙂