As Seen on Craigslist – 1961 Chevrolet Impala

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Let’s just get this out of the way – the wheels suck and have to go.  But look at the bright side – you could probably turn a small profit selling those Daytons and replacing them with the right steel wheels or something like that.  Now for the rest of the negatives:

  • It’s “only” got a 283 and a Powerglide – who cares, it’s not a race car.
  • It’s got lacquer paint with some imperfections – this is a matter of personal preference, but it’s a $6k (or less) car.  As long as they’re not serious, and you don’t plan on driving it in the winter, you could probably do some budget touch-up work and never worry about it again.
  • It’s a four-door.  Eh, get over it.  A comparable two-door car would be three times the price.  You play the hand you’re dealt.

It’s a pretty, if unloved, body style that would make an excellent cruiser/occasional project that won’t break the bank.  Most of the important stuff seems to be squared away, so buy it, tinker with it, and either dump a bunch of unrecoverable money into a restoration or unload it for roughly the same price in a couple years.  I certainly wouldn’t be ashamed to drive this around in the summer – even with those wheels.

61 Impala


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