1964 Impala auction purchase was second choice

1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop that sold at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction last September in Pierce, Neb.

1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop that sold at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction last September in Pierce, Neb.

 

By John Lee

The 1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop that sold at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction last September in Pierce, Neb., was actually the buyer’s second choice.

When Vanderbrink Auctions announced it would sell some 50 “new” old Chevrolets, among nearly 500 cars and trucks that the small town dealer had hoarded for years, Kenny Drewel got caught up in auction fever like thousands of others around the world.

Drewel, who owns an E-Z-Go Golf Car franchise and used car dealership in Lincoln, Neb., followed stories building up to the sale and checked out photos and descriptions of the vehicles on the Vanderbrink web site.

The 1969 Chevelle SS coupe was on Kenny’s mind as he drove the 140 miles to Pierce on preview day to check over the cars in person. “The more I looked at the Chevelle, the less I liked it,” he said. “It needed a lot of work.”

 

1964 Chevrolet Impala  at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction.

1964 Chevrolet Impala at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction.

He shifted his attention to the white 1964 Impala hardtop. It was virtually a brand new car with only four miles on the odometer and, unlike many of the new, never-titled vehicles and lightly-used ones, the Impala had been stored inside for all of the 50 years since its delivery to Lambrecht Chevrolet. He ended up with the top bid of $75,000 to take it home.

Six months later we called Drewel to follow up on what he had done with his purchase. “Well, I got ‘er cleaned up and I’m just sittin’ here lookin’ at it,” he exclaimed. So we made an appointment to go and see it.

Check out his second choice:

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Cowl tag.

 

11.-Impala

Full wheel covers are still bagged in the trunk.

 

10.-Impala

Plastic covering put on before shipping from the factory is still in place. Under it the upholstery is immaculate.

 

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Door panel.

 

8.-Impala

Lambrecht ordered the Impala with a three-speed manual trans and very few extras. The manual dial AM radio was apparently standard on the Impala, while a push-button model would have been extra.

 

7.-Impala

After some preparation, the 250hp 327 engine started right up.

 

6.-Impala

Chrome and stainless trim remains in great condition.

 

5.-Impala

Chrome and stainless trim remains in great condition.

 

4.-Impala

Rear detail view.

 

3.-Impala

Right side view.

 

2.-Impala

Left side view.

 

1.-Impala

Being stored inside for 50 years has left this 1964 Impala Sport Coupe in pristine factory original condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “1964 Impala auction purchase was second choice

  1. maisycatgolf

    For my own knowledge, I am interested to know why the cowl tag VIN sequence number 27801 is different than the window sticker that I photographed on the day of auction that indicated VIN sequence number 267633? The “2” hand-stamped on the cowl tag means “ready for shipment”. Most had this hand stamp but some did not. I have a restored ’64 Impala SS.

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