Perfect Pictures: 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS396 Convertible – SOLD!

by | Oct 2021 | Classifinds, Topless Thursday

NOTE: In addition to the pictures provided in their Craigslist ad, the seller provides a link to many more stunning shots:

November 10, 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.

October 20, 2021 Update – The private seller of this well-optioned ’66 Impala SS convertible just lowered their asking price by $2,500 to an even fifty large.

If you ever wonder how you should take stunning pictures to sell classic cars, then save this post in your memory banks as an example.  The seller of this well-optioned 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS396 convertible originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Spokane, Washington provides a benchmark for us all to follow: stunning background, “golden hour” lighting, and over one hundred detail shots combined with a walk-around video. This is what it takes if you want to receive top dollar from someone buying your car sight unseen online.

Currently offered at $52,500, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Impala priced between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $40,600 and its #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $54,100.  Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $43,075 before factoring in premiums for all of the great options this car came equipped with.  Even more promising is the fact the seller is open to offers.

Coming off a complete redesign for 1965 with over one million units sold, the 1966 Chevrolet Impala received only a minor facelift from its predecessor that included a revised horizontal bar grille upfront and chrome beltline strips added in response to complaints about parking lot door dings on the clean-lined ’65 models.  New rectangular taillights replaced the triple round lights used on full-sized Chevys each year since 1958 with the exception of 1959,  The standard column-shift three-speed manual was now fully synchronized, and a new 250-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine replaced the previous 230-cubic-inch six while the 195-horsepower 283-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V-8 remained the base V-8 engine. Optional engines included a 275-horsepower 327-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V-8, the 396-cubic-inch Turbo-Jet V-8 rated at 325 horsepower or two new 427-cubic-inch Turbo Jet V8s of 390 horsepower with 10.5 to 1 compression ratio and hydraulic lifters or the high-performance version rated at 425 horsepower with 11 to 1 compression ratio and solid lifters. A four-speed manual transmission was offered with all V8 engines, while the two-speed Powerglide was the only automatic transmission offered with the six-cylinder engine and 283 and 327-cubic-inch Turbo Fire V8s, and the three-speed Turbo Hydramatic was limited to the 396 and 390-horsepower version of the 427 V-8. The Impala was the #2-selling convertible in the U.S. in 1966, with 38,000 sold.

The seller provides this walk-around video among what appears to be their collector of other classic cars:

A freshly painted and well-optioned Impala SS convertible offered at a market- and condition-appropriate price.  It doesn’t get much better than this and we predict this car will not last long.

Here is the seller’s excellent description:

“Here is an incredible, unmolested, and very rare 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible with a 325hp 396 V8 and a TH400 transmission. This vehicle is finished with a fresh coat of the original color Chateau Slate (PPG base/clear) over a White interior and White top. Chateau Slate is one of the rarest colors for 1966 and this car comes equipped with many rare options, including Factory Air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering, AM/FM with the rare multiplex option, gauge package, power top, power steering, power brakes, power driver bucket seat, power windows. The power top operates perfectly and is in fantastic condition. The inside and the outside of this car is very clean and the body is incredibly straight. This vehicle runs great, drives smoothly, and turns heads wherever it goes. The engine is the correct 396 from 66, though it isn’t the original engine to this car. Many of the parts of this car are original equipment, and it is mechanically solid. Ready to jump in and enjoy this car today.

Open to offers.”

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