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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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1966 Impala from 327 to 350 cu in. - value?

I'm new to classic cars and am considering purchasing a 1966 impala. It has a new engine, a 350. the car came with a 327 engine in it, but was switched during restoration. It works, runs well, all electrical works... my question is this: does not having a standard/stock engine like the 327 and the switch to the 350 increase or decrease its value?
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1966 Impala from 327 to 350 cu in. - value?

I'm new to classic cars and am considering purchasing a 1966 impala. It has a new engine, a 350. the car came with a 327 engine in it, but was switched during restoration. It works, runs well, all electrical works... my question is this: does not having a standard/stock engine like the 327 and the switch to the 350 increase or decrease its value?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 02:45 PM
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Depends. If you are thinking of buying it for yourself, unless you care, it wouldn't matter. A 350 has a huge after-market following, and arguably has the most readily available parts of all the small blocks. If you are thinking of buying it to resell, someone interested in restoring it might keep looking, but someone wanting to drive and have fun with it might not care. The fact that is is a non-ss and is a 4 door is probably going to keep the die hard restorers at bay, so my thought would be to not pay attention to what engine is in it. If it runs good, and you just want to have fun with it, a small block is a small block.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 04:34 PM
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I agree. Especially since it is a four door. That means that it is not as "collectible" as a coupe or a convertible.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 11:32 PM
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If the car is very original it would actually decrease it's value, but if you were to sell it to someone who would like the idea of a new 350, it could actually increase it's value.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-18-2011, 05:36 AM
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Generally you would loose maybe 20 percent value when you switch out a motor but in a 4 door it shouldnt matter much.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-18-2011, 08:41 AM
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Bill is right. Unless it is a number matching show car, I do not think it really matters. If anything, you can treat the move from 327 to 350 as an upgrade. Plus if the original engine is not in owner's garage, then just think of it as 66 with 350. It wouldn't stop me from buying the car.
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