Barn Find 1966 Chevy Impala SS Convertible Flexes Original V8 Muscle

The Chevrolet Impala soared to new heights of popularity in 1965, achieving a remarkable milestone as the first nameplate in the U.S. to sell over 1 million units in a single year. This achievement is even more impressive considering that it happened just seven years after the Impala was introduced, originally launched by Chevy as the top-tier Bel Air version in 1958.

In the subsequent years, the Impala experienced a gradual decline in yearly sales. However, this decline wasn’t primarily due to a diminishing customer appeal (although it did play a role), but rather due to changes in the lineup. For instance, in 1966, Chevrolet made the decision to separate the Caprice as its own series, after previously offering it as an Impala version. While this strategy resembled the one used for the Impala, it did not yield the same level of success.

Throughout this period, the SS model continued to spearhead Impala’s ambitions in the performance market. Recently, I stumbled upon a 1966 convertible SS listed on eBay, and it perfectly exemplifies why the Impala SS was held in such high regard.

Despite its current rough condition, the car possesses several qualities that make it an excellent candidate for restoration, particularly in the engine department.

Under the hood lies the original 327 (5.3-liter) engine. If you intend to restore the car to its factory specifications, the V8 powerplant provides an ideal starting point. Although the engine is currently non-functional, it remains uncertain whether it at least turns over.

Given its extensive period of inactivity, a thorough inspection of every metal component is essential, especially considering the presence of rust that has already infiltrated the undersides. Initial observations suggest that new floors and a trunk pan are indispensable, as mere patchwork would prove inadequate in addressing the existing damage.

Fortunately, most of the car’s components appear to be intact, including the seats, trim, and center console, among others. This suggests that the Impala has not served as a donor vehicle throughout its history. Undoubtedly, the 1966 SS convertible represents an alluring restoration project, albeit not in its current dilapidated state.

If you’re eager to see the convertible in person, you’ll find it parked in Atlanta, Georgia. This location offers you the opportunity to witness firsthand the classic beauty of the 1966 Chevy Impala SS Convertible.

 

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