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1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427

1968 Chevrolet Impala

I have mixed feelings about this big red Chevy. The ’68 Impala is my favorite car of all time, thanks to my mom’s best friend owning a wonderful ’68 hardtop sedan in turquoise when I was a kid. And top-down driving can be such a pleasure. But so much of the styling zest of the ’68 Chevy lies in the hardtop roofs.

1968 Chevy Impala

Ah, there; that’s better. Such smooth lines! And that kickup on the rear passenger window: bliss. I almost bought one like this about 15 years ago, except that between the time I said I’d buy it and the time I scraped together the money, the seller managed to destroy it in a stupid accident. Sigh.

1968 Chevrolet Impala

Not that I’d turn down this Impala. If I could afford it, that is; it’s probably worth more than my house. That’s because it isn’t just any Impala convertible, but a fire-breathing SS 427. Just check RPO Z-24 on your build sheet! This one comes with Positraction and a 4-speed gearbox. It’s a fairly rare beast: one of 1,778 built in 1968. By the time these came along, people were looking much more to mid-size platforms — Chevelle SS, GTO, 442, Charger — to satisfy their performance lust.

1968 Chevrolet Impala

Ooh, looky: strato-buckets! You could apparently order these with a cloth-covered bench seat. Good lord, why would anybody do that? If you’re going to own the most powerful ’68 Impala, go all the way.

I can prefer the two-door hardtop ’68 Impala all day — but one was not to be found during my visit. And this potent Impala is plenty pretty. It is my favorite car at the 2015 Mecum Spring Classic.

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8 thoughts on “1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427

  1. Wes C says:

    Hey Jim, Great photos of the SS-427 which is one of my favorites too. This red convertible looks very much like my Impala SS convertible: same color, same interior, same wheels, same redline tires. But, my car has the 275hp 327 engine. Yes, isn’t it strange how if you ordered the Z24 SS427 package, that the regular SS package was not automatically included? I think it was the Z03 that you also had to check off on the order form if you wanted bucket sets and floor-mounted shifter with console. I’ve had my ’68 since I was 17 years old, purchased from the original owner in 1984. Don’t think I could ever get rid of it!

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    • I think I’d rather have the 327, all things considered. I don’t need the power or the bad gas mileage of the bigger engine. I’d have to think parts are more available and less expensive for the 327, as well! Glad you’re keeping your ’68.

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  2. I generally don’t get excited about cars, but these old classics are beautiful. I would have thought there was a market for modern cars that are modeled (at least outwardly) on some of these classic designs. I’d certainly swap my generic box on four wheels for one.

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  3. I like the hardtops better too. I’d probably also prefer the 327. I can see the appeal of the rarity factor, however looks like this is the case of where the more common might be more desirable to a lot of people.

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