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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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I have a quick question. I found my first car, 65 impala (non-SS), after 20 years. It was originaly not for sale, but after the owner and I talked he is willing to sell it to me. We both are unsure of price and I thought I would ask here what a non original 65 is going for. The body is straight with a little rust. Has a 327 with a turbo 350. Needs to be mildly restored (paint, interior). I want to make an educated price and not an emotional one. I know it is hard with no picture, but any input would help.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 05:44 AM
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Well we know the tranny has been replaced in the past and is not original unless it is a TH400 instead of a TH350 because the TH350 wasn't invented until 1969. To do it "right" I would have it appraised (something you have to do anyway to get it insured). I would also have your mechanic run it up on the rack to do a safety inspection (ball joints tie rod ends, idler arm and brakes just to see how much that will all costs you to replace as that will also affect the price. Finally "a little rust" is going to be the deciding factor.

If you think buying a brand new crate motor from GMPP and tranny assembled and ready to drop in is expensive, you can easily spend three times that amount on fixing rusty body panels and paint: so that is the most important criteria to adjust the purchase price. I would have it professionally appraised or else you are buying a "pig in poke" to quote Shakespeare (or going back a little further in time "caveat emptor" as the Romans used to say when buying a used chariot).

I do not know the blue book price but I imagine it can be found on line (or maybe not as the Kelley Blue Book of used car prices only goes back to 1994)

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 08:49 AM
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If the 327 is the original engine to the car, the only automatic trans option would have been a power glide. The turbo400 tans was not available in a small block until 1967. The best way to come up with a fair value of course would be to have it appraised or else do your own homework. Scour the web, various sites for similar cars and see what they are going for.

There are hundreds of sites, other than craigslist and eBay out there so get a good sample from each.



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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 08:58 AM
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Prices on these old cars are all over the place. It mostly depends on condition. You really have to inspect a 65-66 B body car for rust. The front windows leak and rust out the firewall-dash area, The rear windows leak and rust out the trunk. The frames are really prone to rust through in several places even on a car with a nice body. If its a running drivable car needing some paint, interior, motor work, body work, with none of the major issues. I would start at about 5000. Better cars get more money.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 09:06 AM
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I will give it a $3000 to $5000 but with no pics thats a wild guess. Like others said check for rust
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help. The 327 is not original, but will be replaced with a 396 or 427 later on. The original engine was a 283, 2 barrel and power glide transmission. I sold the car in 1993 with all original equipment, minus wheels and tires. I happened upon it in my travels sitting under a carport on a farm. Almost had a tear in my eye when I saw the license plate and saw it was my actual first car. I am sure I will have many more questions along the way, but for now I need to get the wife to buy off on me buying it. Not an easy task.

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