Junkyard Find: 1969 Chevrolet Impala

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1969 chevrolet impala

GM made immense quantities of full-sized Chevrolets in 1969. How many? According to the Standard Catalog, the total production of ’69 Biscaynes, Bel Airs, Impalas, and Caprices was 1,168,300 cars. Well into the early 1980s, these things were as commonplace on American streets as mid-2000s Camrys are today. Given that nobody with the money to restore a ’69 big Chevy is going to waste time on a non-hardtop four-door (what with the large quantities of restorable coupes and convertibles still extant) we can assume that the few remaining sedans will be flushed out by $250/ton scrap-steel prices and crushed during the next few years.

This one is fairly rough, though not rusty, and it looks like many of its pieces have been grabbed for other cars.

I can’t decode Fisher cowl tags by heart, but I believe the “JAN” means this car was built in the Janesville, Wisconsin plant.

As a former 60s Impala sedan owner, it makes me a little sad to see another one get eaten by The Crusher. However, there’s no way I’d pay even scrap value for a beat example like this, so I can’t be too sad.

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  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on May 06, 2012

    The engine isn't very grimy for a small block chevy. Either it has fairly low mileage or it was cleaned a few times over it's lifespan.

  • GoesLikeStink GoesLikeStink on May 07, 2012

    The wagons go for stupid money here in so-cal. I really do not get the Impala love down here. 3k for a crapped out project? I dont think so. Give me a mopar or even a ford instead.

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  • RICHARD @mebgardner I have no issues with the way the car is configured. No offensive nannies.