Welcome to another Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday, and today I am going to show you a truly amazing 1964 Chevrolet Impala Wagon. Why do I find this Impala so interesting? Its what it doesn’t have that makes it so appealing. There is no V-8 under the hood of this wagon, nor is there an automatic of any kind. Let’s discover this six-cylinder, three speed manual wagon, and see if it is all that amazing.
The seller of this car states that this is an original Black Plate California Car. Since I don’t live in California, I would have to assume that the Black Plate was issued with the car when it was purchased new, which means that this car has lived in the Golden State all of its life. That news is good enough for me, but it also looks like the paint finish is original to the car as well.
The mileage is just under 80,000 miles, which is certainly commendable given the condition and the age of the car. The current seller is the third owner, and did some interior work to the car to spiff things up just a bit. Along with the new upholstery, the dash looks spot on, and the factory AM radio is all there with no aftermarket stereo system. He also added a new set of Good Year bias ply whitewall tires, just to make it more authentic.
This car should stay as original as possible because a new owner may just yank out the six and three speed, and drop in a generic SBC with an automatic, or a four-speed in its place. That would be sacrilegious in my book. Under the hood it looks authentic, with no power steering pump or dual circut master cylinder for the brakes. You should assume that the drum braking system is still intact. The only options that I can see that were added to this wagon were rear backup lamps, and full wheel covers.
This auction will have ended by the time this posting goes live, and the winning bid was $11,500. See the listing here. I would think that this is the right price for this particular car, but I could be wrong. What do you think this car is worth? And while you’re at it, what do you think of this very basic Impala Wagon for 1964? Let me know.