Hi, I am new to here from Seattle. I have been dreaming about having an Impala since I was in high school and now I am in college. I really think today's cars don't get much "personality" as the cars back in the day. Hope I will make my dream come true soon with all the helps from you guys.
I have been working part time jobs; making and saving some money, not a lot though. I am looking for a restored Impala(clean, running, driving) from the 60s, not sure which model, because all of them look so beautiful. I have a question, what would be a reasonable low price for 60s Impala that is restored? I see price varies. Will it cost a lot to have such a car?(parts, maintenance, I am not very mechanical but I am learning)
By the way, English is not my first language, hope it wasn't a too bad to understand lol
Welcome Kenneth. Buy the best car you can afford. Be very aware that people buy these cars in very poor shape and do a shoddy job half *** restoring them to make a quick profit. Ive seen time and again where someone buys what they think is a nice old car when all they bought is a high price pile of rust with a shiny paint job covering it up. What ever year car you like ,Don't be afraid to take a mechanic and a body man with you that you trust and also put the car up on a lift to inspect it. Nice old cars are not cheap.
They are expensive to buy but not that expensive to maintain. They are not as fuel efficient either compared to the aero coupes that all look alike. They exude "personality" though so I recommend that you attend a lot of car shows not only in your area but as you travel on vacation. Keep saving as a good car with your name on it is out there now.
Most old guys buy these cars and restore them as a labor of love. They realize that the price they sell them for will be one half to one third the amount of time and money that they put into these cars. The good news is that a fully restored car is in better shape after the restoration than the same car was when new. This is because the seams are all straight and the paint is even and the mechanics fitted to the car that were just thrown on by assembly line workers when built.
Thanks Big Dave and Larry! I know nice old cars are very expensive, so I'll be probably looking for a driver that is not as nice and shiny, but clean and driving. I usually get on Craigslist to check for the cars around my area, what other places do you look for cars? By the way, are there good books to read about Impala or old classic cars? Thank you!