454 Clamshell: 1973 Chevrolet Impala

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-22-2012

Having been toted around in one of these as a kid I have a special appreciation for a 70′s clamshell wagon. Just seeing the pictures of this Ebay find 1973 Impala, brings me back inside the spacious interior where I found refuge from my annoying older sisters by claiming the third seat as my own- an especially nice feature on family vacations.

This one doesn’t have the 9 passenger seating, but it does come with a 454 V8, great for power but not so great with the mileage. One has to wonder if the original purchaser had buyers remorse when just 3 months after purchasing this massive wagon the oil embargo hit and gas became expensive and scarce.

The seller doesn’t give a lot of details about the car other than it’s a former AACA Original Class winner,  is matching numbers and has a nice list of options including air conditioning, full power, cruise and an AM 8 track player. The car is said to run and drive great. Mileage is listed at 99,117 but a look at the paperwork shows that the odometer had hit 109,684 back in 1978.

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The beauty of the disappearing tailgate, giving plenty of room to fill the cargo area.
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No mention is made of the paint work done, but a slight mismatch between the tailgate and the rest of the car is evident.
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Normally I’d prefer stock wheels from wagons of this era, but the Crager SS wheels are a nice touch.
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The original bill of sale is among the documentation included. A close look at the purchase contract reveals the car was bought for $5,929.30 and a $1,959.73 credit was given on a 1970 Blazer trade in The car was financed at a whopping %13.69 resulting in 36 payments of $157.63.
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