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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Barn Fresh: 1967 Chevrolet Impala

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-20-2012

Pictures of a dusty car in a cramped storage space lends evidence that this Ebay find 1967 Chevrolet Impala 9 passenger station wagon hasn’t seen the light of day for some time. A good cleaning has revealed a very solid 31,000 mile gem of a car that is said to start right up and purr. No mention is made of how long the Tahoe Turquoise Impala sat but a thorough fluid replacement would be a wise choice to ensure mechanical longevity. Unusual for an Impala is the 4 speed column shift manual transmission and dog dish hubcaps.  With the manual transmission, the 283c.i. 190 hp should be adequate power for the big wagon.

As nice as this car looks, some further detailing could really bring it to the next level. Some minor work is needed to fix a few minor scrapes and dings and an easy engine compartment detail would also help.

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Final Touches: 1956 Chevrolet 210

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-05-2012

This 1956 Chevrolet 210 wagon found on Ebay only needs a few finishing touches to complete what has been an extensive exterior and interior restoration. Starting with an already solid California car, the wagon has been stripped down to bare metal and brought back to life by Lucky Chance Premier Body in Northern California. Along with the exterior restoration, the interior has been completely redone including new seats, carpets, door panels and headliner. The 210 wagon has a 350 engine with a 350 turbo tranny that is said to run great. The brakes and carb have been redone and a new set of points and plugs have been added. A few exterior and interior trim pieces need to be added and this car will be complete.

The 2 door body along with the fender skirts nicely accentuate the classic styling.

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Long Island Beauty: 1961 Chevrolet Impala Nomad

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 03-02-2012

Apparently New York is the place to find early 1960′s Chevy wagons with striking color combinations. A few months ago we featured a very original 1960 Nomad out of New York with a wonderful silver-blue exterior matched with a red interior. This 1961 Nomad found on Ebay has a two tone silver and white exterior with a red interior, a sharp combination indeed.

This Nomad is believed to have just 55,218 original miles although the owner cannot verify the mileage. From the pictures, the wagon appears to be a solid original. The mechanical components are said to be original and very well maintained and the car is described as being a very roadworthy solid driver. The interior seats, door panels and carpets are all original and in excellent condition. It’s not clear if the car has ever been repainted, but the floors, rockers and underside of the car are described as very solid. Options include power steering, brakes and a power tailgate window.

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Factory COPO: 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 02-29-2012

Update 3/8/2012: Car sold for $22,500

Something a little different for today’s wagon find- A factory ordered race car 9 Passenger Kingswood wagon with a 427 big block. One of only two built, the 427 big block is blueprinted and balanced with 700 HP capable of an 11 second 1/4 mile at 117MPH. The Kingswood is said to hold many Michigan and Indiana 1/4 mile drag records. Priced at $22,500, you can find it at Ebay.

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No Reserve: 1960 Chevrolet Impala Nomad

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-25-2012

Update 1/25/2012: Car sold for $17,880

About a month ago we found a very original 1960 Nomad residing in New York with an asking price of $18,000. Not to be outdone is this time capsule 1960 Nomad out of New Jersey. Found on Ebay at no reserve, this Nomad was a one owner car until the early 1990′s when it was purchased by the current owners father who repainted it and had the 348 engine rebuilt. The Powerglide tranny was switched out but is available with the car.  An alternate brake booster was also added but everything else about the car is described as original, including the  interior, which has likely been protected by it’s plastic covers since the 1960′s. A few mechanical issues need to be addressed to make the car roadworthy including rebuilding the leaking water pump and finding the proper tripower setup to replace the single carburetor after the original was stolen.

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2 Door Beauty: 1956 Chevrolet Nomad

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-19-2012

Considered by many to be the most beautiful station wagon ever built, the 55-57 Chevy Nomads have been coveted by collectors since the 1970′s.  Except for woodies, most other wagons of the era took years before they were finally appreciated. Sadly, due to the impracticality of a 2 door wagon the Nomads had a short run.

This 1956 Nomad found on Hemmings with an asking price of $57,900, is a 2 owner California car that was a daily driver until 1990 when a restorer brought this already solid car back to it’s original glory. The motor, driveline and suspension components were all rebuilt. A 265-205HP V8  matched with a 2 speed Powerglide power the wagon. Power windows and steering are among the options included.

Te exterior is painted in a striking Crocus Yellow/Onyx Black combination. The interior matches the the exterior colors and is said to be like new.

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No Reserve: 1961 Chevrolet Impala Nomad

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 01-17-2012

Update 2/23/2012: The Chevy sold for $17,600

Found on Ebay is this Beautiful top of the line 9 passenger 1961 Nomad wagon being offered at no reserve. The seller says it is an “F” code car meaning it was originally equipped with a 2bbl 348 V8, but is now powered by a 283V8. It is also said to be an original “air” car although the compressor is missing. Power steering, power drum brakes and a rear power widow are among the other options listed.

The 2-tone paint is the right combination along with the period correct wide whitewalls. A very nice and honest weekend driver, the only thing we would like to see is a stock engine compartment.

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New York Original: 1960 Chevrolet Nomad

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 12-20-2011

With its striking color combination and original condition, this 1960 Chevy Nomad found at Hemmings  with an asking price of $18,000 is a desirable wagon find. Sure it has rough spots, some rust, faded paint in spots and a dirty engine compartment but the fact that it is basically 100% original gives this car a lot of character. The two-tone deep blue and white exterior matched with the checkered red and white interior actually works very well.

The owner describes the 56,000 mile Nomad as having original paint, chrome and stainless. The interior is original and in excellent condition with the back seat still covered in original plastic. All the doors including the tailgate are properly aligned and open and close perfectly. The engine runs well despite old plugs and wires. A new exhaust system as well as new tires are needed.

This car could be restored to its original glory, but for me this is the kind of car best left as is.

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Original Invoice Included: 1968 Chevrolet Caprice

Filed Under (Chevrolet) by Station Wagon Finder on 12-15-2011

I always love the story that a documented car can tell and this well optioned 1968 Chevrolet Caprice station wagon found on Ebay has both the original build sheet and the original invoice included. We can see that on December 4th, 1967 a gentleman walked into a Chevy dealership in Missouri and placed an order for a well optioned top of the line Caprice wagon.  A $2,366 credit was given for his 1958 Chevy wagon and his 1964 Impala. Total price for the Caprice was 4,666.95 including over $1,000 in options.

44 years later the Caprice has held up well. Equipped with the original 327/250hp 4bbl engine and Turbo-Hydramatic transmission, the wagon is finished in its original  Palamino Ivory exterior and turquoise interior. Options include air conditioning,  power steering and brakes, front bumper guards, luggage rack, deluxe steering wheel, power tailgate window and an outside remote control mirror.

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