The fourth generation Chevrolet Impala launched in 1965 ditched the GM X frame B body in favour of the GM perimeter frame B body and became the most successful US seller ever with over 1 million units sold.
The fourth generation Impala’s received annual face lifts and the one seen here at Goodwood is a 1968 model that was imported to the UK from possibly Norway in 1978.
Amusingly if one was to check the registration of this vehicle on the DVLA website it shows that the official motor size is 307cc, which should of course read 307 cui or 5000 cc. This 200 hp motor could be ordered with either two-speed Powerglide or three-speed Turbo Hydramatic transmission.
New features on the ’68 Impala included hidden windscreen wipers, and triple “horseshoe” shaped taillights, I remember the latter making a big impression on me when I first saw them aged about 10 in 1969.
The Impala was still the biggest seller in 1968 of the 710,900 Impala’s sold 24,730 were convertibles.
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Chassis #2943GT was built in October 1961 the 148th of 204, painted red with a black interior. After spending it’s first couple of years in Italy #2943 was acquired by Prince Joackim Zu Furstenberg who kept it at Schloss Donaueschingen in Southern Germany until 1972.
The current Norwegian owner bought the car from Germany’s preeminent Ferrari dealer Auto Becker in 1972 and exported it to Norway where it remained, until it was offered for sale at the upcoming Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Revival next week.
The car, seen here at last month’s Prescott’s VSCC meeting, is said to have approximately 38,500 miles on the clock, an average of just 745 miles a year over it’s entire life and is estimated to fetch up to £500,000.
The downside is that the 3 litre / 183 cui Colombo Tipo 125 V12 motor has not been started for 4 or 5 years and is said to have a problem with the fuel pump, so some expense will be incurred to recommission the car.
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