New forum member, but have been a longtime forum member over on the 67-72chevytrucks.com forum and have always loved the help and advice offered by communities like this. I picked up my first Impala (the 65 SS in my sig) back in 2006 in trade for a 68 Firebird that I'd outgrown with little kids. Sadly, I didn't have the funds to restore it like it should have been, and I found someone that would make me "a deal" on a paint job. It was beautiful for about a week! I was so dejected that I ended up selling it and getting into pickups instead.
Now I've decided I'd like to get back into Impalas and recently made a deal on a 68 Sport Sedan. Pretty excited about this one as it was a one owner car until just recently. I'm buying from the gentleman who bought it from the original owner's estate auction. 33k original miles on this one! 275hp 327 with the 3 speed auto trans (I think a th400?). Interior is just incredible. Body is extremely nice as well, though the paint is pretty well shot and has been sprayed with primer in a few places where surface rust had started. Little rust along the lip of the trunk, and one very small spot on the passenger quarter panel. It runs and drives EXTREMELY well, and I'm excited to get it home this week and start going through it! I'll embed a couple of pictures here, but there's a link to my photo album in my signature as well.
If anyone else has a 68 Sport Sedan, I'd love to see some pics! This one was Seafrost Green w/ the black vinyl top from the factory, and I've yet to find any pics of what it'd look like repainted.
My dad bought a 68 4 door new. It was our family car for a dozen years. I can't remember if it had a post or not, I seem to think it didn't. Pretty sure it was a 327. He'd put a sheet of plywood in the backseat and that was our playground for cross-country drives...
If it has three speeds and an automatic (assuming the transmission is the numbers matching original) it has to be a TH400, because the TH350 wasn't offered until 1969.
My mom had a 1968 four door Caprice Ermine White with black cloth interior. Her's was unusual as it had a high performance 327, Th400, with disc brakes. It was built as a RPO 9C1 police car for a police chief.
Cool, thanks for the clarification Big Dave! I was pretty sure that was the case from all of the research I'd done. From what I could tell, it is pretty close to all original aside from the wheels/tires and an HEI distributor. I may look at a front disc brake conversion just for the added stopping power for that big ol' beast! Primarily going to be a highway cruiser and weekend road trip machine.
Thanks BA! It is really clean and straight. I've been looking at two doors, but my kids are all 6' and taller, and I just decided the four door would be more usable with the whole family. And I've always like the clean look of the pillarless 4 doors!