Evaluation: Meticulously restored some time ago and maintained in show-ready condition as it came from the factory. Although no representation of the drivetrain’s originality is made the engine number is appropriate to the chassis and its current configuration. When found, the Impala’s condition was probably drag racing used. Excellent paint, upholstery, engine compartment, chassis and underbody. There are minor chips by the door handles that could be minimized with careful touch up. An exceptional and unusual Chevy.
Bottom Line: All things point to a replacement engine and driveline, including the price realized and the seller’s willingness to let it go 27 percent under the $90,000 pre-sale low estimate. Neither does anything in the description claim that it was, in fact, originally 409/409hp equipped. All of that uncertainty makes the price here entirely appropriate as the bidders kept their counsel and bidding was slow.