HomeAutoHunterAutoHunter Spotlight: 1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe

AutoHunter Spotlight: 1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe

A great color and build for this classic Impala


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe.

In the collector car hobby one segment that has continued to grow, regardless of what the rest of the collector car hobby is doing, are muscle cars. There are a lot of reasons for this: they are icons, have a great mythology, are fun to drive, and if you buy a good example they are some of the easiest classic cars to own and maintain.

The 1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe we are highlighting here is described by the owner as powered by a 454cid V8 that is backed by a TH350 three-speed automatic transmission. The car features power steering, electronic ignition, and upgraded power four-wheel disc brakes. Additional performance upgrades include an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, a four-barrel carburetor, a chrome open-element air cleaner, an HEI distributor, tube headers, a chrome power brake booster, and a chrome dual-circuit master cylinder. The car rides on a set of silver 15-inch Chevrolet Rally wheels is wrapped in BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires. This Impala sounds like it has a perfect performance package for events such as the Hot Rod Power Tour.

The exterior has been refinished in the original color of Evening Orchid (code P) and features a black vinyl top. It has stock chrome bumpers, Super Sport emblems, chrome wheel opening moldings, and a rear-mounted antenna. The selling dealer discloses that some minor bubbles are present near the left taillight. The styling of the mid 1960s Impala is stunning and in many ways I have always thought that these were possibly the most elegant GM offering of the time.

The interior was refurbished under previous ownership, and this Impala comes with black vinyl front bucket seats and a matching rear seat surrounded by black vinyl door panels and trim. It has manual windows, power steering, a center console-mounted automatic transmission shifter, and an AM radio.

The car has a 120-mph speedometer and gauges for the fuel level, oil pressure, coolant temperature, amps, and manifold vacuum which are located ahead of the driver. The odometer reads 55,511 miles, but the true mileage on this vehicle is unknown.

Now here’s the deal, this is a nice, clean muscle car from the classic era with a major engine upgrade and many nice performance upgrades. The color of the car is both awesome looking as well as unusual, and I am sure that when this car was built it cost much more than its retail value, as buying a clean 1965 Impala and then making these upgrades, including the paint and interior, it would cost more than the car is worth.

I think this makes it a potential bargain regardless of the final auction price, so bid accordingly and do so soon. For me this is a subtle and elegant muscle car that could be driven and enjoyed for years to come.

The auction for this 1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe ends Monday, November 27, 2023, at 12:10 p.m. (MST)

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Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. I believe this is a SS clone using a Impala as a base. No SS badges on door panels,wood grain on dash instead of silver, trunk lid and rear quarter pieces should have black out center band, not silver.. needs a little further investigation.

  2. I drove impalas in high school,but my 66 SS convertible was just the perfect car,my grandmother liked it,she’s the one who taught me how to drive a 4 speed.she had a 64 hard top SS.the 65 and 66 impalas are the perfect car,form,function and beautiful

  3. You’re right. It’s an SS clone and not a very good one at that. The picture isn’t very detailed, but you make some interesting points. But the 454 engine mentioned in the text didn’t become available until 1970. Still a beautiful car, though.

    • It’s not a clone per the VIN. Please do your research before posting things that can compromise the selling price of a vehicle.


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