Clean Car: 1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible – SOLD!
August 11, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Throughout the mid-1960s, by far the most popular new car on American roads was the Chevrolet Impala in one form or another. Not every one of these cars was a big block, SS model. Most were just nicely optioned, 327-powered examples such as this red over white 1968 Impala convertible originally listed for sale in July 2021 on Craigslist in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania (Harrisburg) features an older repaint and a presentable interior with factory A/C offered at $19,900 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Impala priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $14,000 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $21,100 before factoring in a ten percent premium for factory air conditioning. Most optimistically, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $15,025 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $21,350.
Redesigned in 1965, the fourth-generation Chevrolet Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the United States. All-new full-size Chevrolets eschewed the “X” frame for a full-width perimeter frame, a new body that featured curved, frameless side glass on hardtop models, sharper angled windshield with newly reshaped vent windows, and redesigned full-coil suspension.
Stylists facelifted the 1968 model with a new front end. The new rear bumper housed triple “horseshoe” shaped taillights. 1968 also saw a new Impala model, the Custom Coupe. Previously a Caprice exclusive became available as an Impala. Most Chevrolets now featured hidden windshield wipers. Plush new interiors also helped attract buyers. Impala overwhelmed the sales charts, as it had for years. Full-sized cars could have a 250-cubic-inch six, a 307-cubic-inch V-8, either of a pair of 327s of 250 or 275 horsepower or a 325-horsepower 396-cubic-inch V-8. Topping the list was the big 427, rated at 385 or 425 horsepower. The two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission was still available with the 250 six-cylinder and 307 or 327 V-8s, but the three-speed Turbo Hydramatic could be ordered with all V-8 engines on the Impala Sport Sedan and Custom coupe. “Astro Ventilation” was an option for the Custom Coupe that included fresh-air vents, the same units that were used for the optional air conditioning, sans the center upper vent. Cars equipped with this option got full-length door glass minus the vent windows.
“A nice clean car to haul around in with friends and family” is how the selle describes their Impala and we would have to agree. Troubleshoot and repair the factory A/C system and you will have a nice looking summer cruiser you can enjoy even when the midday sun becomes too much for top-down driving.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“68 Chevy Convertible. 327 4bbl, power glide automatic, power steering, power drum brakes, A/C, power top, cruise control. Straight no rust body with a clean, clear deep paint job (looks real nice) with a couple small imperfections (was done many years ago), but really looks great. Clean glass, nice rubber and a good presentable interior. Motor runs well, shifts fine, good rear axel, single exhaust. Everything works (a/c would need a charge) and front brakes would need some work (or do a disc conversion for $350, my route if to keep it). Car is a driver quality with new rear springs, front bumper chrome (presentable rear), new emblems, marker lights ect. Top works great with new fluid lines, canvas is functional. A nice clean car to haul around in with friends and family. Thank you“
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