At the top end of the 1962 Chevrolet lineup stood the Impala. New styling had imparted a cleaner, rather more squared-off and formal look. Despite it’s premium position, Impala output topped the full-size group with an astounding 704,900 cars built that year, compared to 365,000 for the slim-pillared Bel Air sedans and 160,000 economical Biscaynes.
The example shown here on eBay sports a 283cui V8 engine and automatic transmission, likely the most common drivetrain selection in that period. The legendary reliability of these major components continues to shine through, as the seller indicated that the car, “starts right up and runs strong.”
While the seller didn’t provide a lot of detail about the car, the supplied photos tell a pretty good story. The two-door sedan appears to be in serviceable condition, sports a number of modifications and the interior has been redone. The car would seem suitable either as a fun runner, or possibly as the basis for a proper restoration.
This Impala’s lowered stance and dual exhaust certainly qualify it as a past and future street cruiser, however, with the bidding over, this Impala remains at its current home. Despite ten bids, topping out at $8,300, the reserve was not exceeded.
You can still contact the seller using the “Ask a question” link and, if you’re actually interested, be ready to ask a lot of questions. The seller did not provide extensive information in the listing, which may be why the car did not sell. If you are in the North Carolina area, it would be worth your while to arrange a personal inspection with the seller.
As always, if you cannot do this in person, the use of an independent automobile inspection service is highly recommended.