Yes, there was some cost cutting in the 1980s and GM definitely let these cars wither on the vine, but the drivetrains didn’t get worse. And the fuel gauge failed. CC Capsule: 1985 Nissan Gloria Hardtop (Y30) V-Turbo Brougham – An Iron Hand In A Button-Tufted, Crushed Velvet Glove, Vintage R&T Review: 1967 Lamborghini Espada – The Lamborghini of Personal Luxury Coupes, Trackside Classic: 1961 British Rail Class 55 ‘Deltic’ Diesel Locomotive – A Distinctive Roar of Confidence on Britain’s Rails, COAL #44 2018 Subaru Outback Touring – Waving the White Flag, Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: “7 Passenger VW Rabbit, 1980”, Vintage R&T Review: 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix – The American Espada. Meet my current classic ride – a gloriously retro buckskin gold/tan 1977 Chevrolet Impala sedan. High Retail Value This fallacy is constantly being repeated. The seats have been recovered in this car. She bought it new here in Illinois in the fall of 1978 and it mostly stayed around town, only going on a few longer trips. Anything less than a 305 though, forget about it. It was equipped much like your car, only with a/c. The cruiser, a 1977 Impala—which is identical to the 1978 and 1979 models—was waiting in the department parking lot. It’s a car that reminds me that a car, for many, was a just basic necessity, not a fashion or personal statement. As for the interiors, GM failed to update them, but I didn’t see any massive cost cutting between the 1977 and 1990 models. When I was 14 my parents realized that the back seat of a Vega Kammback was a bit tight, (plus it was starting to use oil again on the second engine). My buddy was also driving a 305 Impala on LPG. The Impala certainly is different from the MONSTER, achromatic, tall belchmobiles that dominate todays’ roads……sadly. The “downsized” B was little more than a re-skinned prior-year “A” intermediate chassis with a more-formal body on top. Easy to test for any number of basic electrical items–battery voltage, engine RPM, etc. 1977 Chevrolet K10. I’ve always had a soft spot in my head for stripper cars… and this one leaves all of the unnecessary boxes unchecked. Electric windows and FM radios are just silly fads anyway. A comfortable, generally controlled ride. There are similarities, the front suspension in particular share very similar control arms, but there are still differences in these parts. Sort by. Off the line though, it has plenty of torque which is what these cars needed and what folks expected in the 70’s. My Uncle had a ’79 Catalina with a 305 2-bbl (Canadian market car) and it was a great driver. This is a great car. Did you know J.D. The material resembles a sackcloth, with the Impala being a slightly finer material. $5,021. $5,021. The base model big car was increasingly the province of cops and cabbies as the ’80s wore on. If it was MY money, I would have gotten the 305 too (though I wasn’t old enough to drive). The 77-79 versions (pre restyle) seem to have it more together. I believe these cars were important when new because they the first year of the downsized big cars, and people did notice them when they were new. One of the most amazing aspects of this car is its complete basic nature – no A/C (not uncommon in the upper Midwest of its era), no rear defroster (ditto), manual windows and locks, and a simple mono AM radio for entertainment. The first Mrs. and I had a 77 that often corroded its condenser. The body design of the 1977 B-cars was considerably more space efficient than the 73-77 A-bodies. They allowed you to preserve your cloth seats for the afterlife while you enjoyed sitting on clear plastic. In fact, I think only once or twice, and only in Chevy versions that were equally plain and painted bright yellow, with a sign on the roof and a meter on the dash. And that is part of the appeal of this car – it’s not only a time machine because of surviving four decades. Sometimes in moments of delirium, when I daydream about buying an older car, I find myself inexplicably drawn to cars exactly like this. Great story about a really nice car, and welcome. Out of Stock : Add to Cart. More listings are added daily. The B body had the opposite trajectory with a steady diminishment of powertrains and cost cutting inside. ... 1968-1977 Chevy Impala Door Lock Knob, Pair. The exterior paint, trim and mechanics are presentable and serviceable inside and out. Quantity. There are 2 1975 to 1977 Chevrolet Impalas for sale today on ClassicCars.com. It could be an older restoration or a well-maintained original vehicle. A wonderful car. Power. Browse interior and exterior photos for 1977 Chevrolet Impala. The Ford Panthers started off really weak but got better and better through the entire run, certainly through the last of the square ones in 1991. It had 5280 miles when we got it. * A “100 Point” or “# 1” vehicle is not driven. To meet changing demands the Chevrolet Impala received a complete redesign in 1977 for its sixth generation debut. On the opposite end of climate our 95 Escort was apparently an upper Midwest car because it had a factory block heater which was never needed in the mild winters of Beaverton. One of GM’s Greatest Hits (maybe their last?). Order our 1977-1985 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Flooring to get your Impala’s interior looking like new again. Now serves us in similar summer duty clocking around 1000 miles driven per good weather season in upstate NY. There used to be so many of these cars on the roads but so few are left today. Of all the cars I have ever owned, I would say that this one was second-best in styling only to my 1990 Mercury Sable. Required fields are marked *. 20. Anyone who has worked under these cars can clearly see the frames are a different design – it is obvious. The interior if my dad’s 1979 Impala was almost identical, with the blue dash. Apparently no one under 50 was allowed to buy them because no one under 50 ever had them. Thanks, Dennis. Change Location. May also be a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration. Classic Industries offers a wide selection of Body Panels for your 1977 Chevrolet Impala. ago by previous owner, not rusted. The condition of Grandma’s cloth seats brings to mind the clear plastic seat coverings with the raised bumps pressed into them. It was identical to the car featured here. It’s just that the originals were completely crap; even when new. Not being scruffy, it does not shout its presence. My dad once had had a ’68 Biscayne spec’d similar to your dad’s ’67. It was a comfy, reliable car and served its purpose well as part of a 5-member carpool. Quantity: 2-Piece. Great write-up Steve. And that car, 3 years old and barebones, was considered quite luxurious…. We carry a wide selection of Impala floor pans, rocker panels, and trunk extensions. Research 1977 Chevrolet Impala 4 Door Sedan prices, used values & Impala 4 Door Sedan pricing, specs and more! Welcome, thanks for the great write up on a fantastic car! I like the rest of your fleet as well. Credit where credit is due, Volkswagen offered an under-hood diagnostic connector in the early seventies. I somehow get the feeling that grandma didn’t spring for the 305, but the dealer ordered it (and every other B-body on the lot) that way, figuring the car would be an easier sale. This is a 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic and it’s in Polson, Montana. If our Impala felt like sitting on potatoes in 1990 are your seats fabric bags of foam rubber dust in 2020? A very nice car you have there and it is just the type of car I like. Most of ours didn’t have A/C and only had wind-up windows with few other options. To me, that’s a car worth preserving. These were quite the sensation when they were introduced, and I remember taking a look at them at the local dealership in the fall of ’76. I somewhat disagree. But had they tested a 305, the 305 would probably best 18 seconds, which would also (by 1977 standards) make it quick. When determining a value for a daily driver, it is recommended that the subscriber use the low retail value. In all my years around multitudes of B Body cars, I have never seen a Chevrolet with a straight six. So, as I prep my Impala for its eventual winter slumber to avoid the season of salt and snow, I appreciate that, 43 years after its creation, it still fulfills its mission – basic, honest transportation. One of my dad’s later cars was a 1967 version: basic 4 door, automatic, 283 Impala….AM radio. Second, what a great car! In retrospect, I should have kept that Caprice longer. Those wheel covers are factory–but I associate them with the 1980 (restyled) US Impala. He responded, “That’s cool, man!”  Over 900+ miles, the Impala never broke a sweat – and, as long as the windows were down, generally neither did we. It could be a completely restored or an extremely well-maintained original vehicle showing very minimal wear. Classic Industries offers 1977 Chevrolet Impala Door Shells, 1977 Chevrolet Impala Door Skins and Panels, 1977 Chevrolet Impala Fiberglass Door Shells,1977 Chevrolet Impala Door Frame, and 1977 Chevrolet Impala Door Jamb Lock Pillar. Thus, a BelAir, Impala, or Caprice in the ’70s would always have AC and probable power windows, and as imports were very restricted (common cars were assembled here, and almost none was American). An astoundingly good first effort, and I will look forward to more installments. It was purchased from the original owner in 1985. I had to do a double take when I saw this, other than the no A/C my grandmother’s last car was identical. ago by previous owner, not rusted. It definitely had some advantages over the GMs by the late 80s, but IMO they were on pretty equal ground, with personal preference being the real dictator of choice. Note: This column does not represent a “100 Point” or “# 1” vehicle*. My law school roommate bought a used 77 Impala coupe around 1984. Those were the basic belts, same as in my folks’ ’78 Caprice. Your email address will not be published. My only gripe is that they were of an era where the 305 was so much more common than the 350, which would have made the package almost perfect. Email alerts available. GM spent a lot of money telling us it was “ALL NEW!”. FAIRCHILD . The 305 is completely adequate in a lightly optioned car and uses 20% less fuel than a 350. Very nice car Dean. Predictable handling – no sports car, but even without the upgraded suspension, the Impala handles winding back roads better than you’d expect. You could still order one as a personal car but I’m not sure if the dealers even regularly stocked them. Thank you. I have the same specs in my’ 78 Bel Air, but had to repaint it this last year as the original paint was getting too ragged. Car does run and drive but interior has been stripped. Price: Alternate: No parts for vehicles in selected markets. Trending at $95.10 +$14.90 shipping. great overal... More Info › All Rights Reserved. These were nicely turned-out cars, unpretentious and solid. Having driven many of them back in the day I was completely charmed by the car, and it just gave me a warm fuzzy feeling every time I saw it. Learn how your comment data is processed. This was a pin type connector under the hood which had an orange cap covering it when not in use and was state of the art for the time. Great car. Kind of a pain since the Impala level had no trip odometer that I recall. This vehicle would be a great show car once it had minor repairs. Decent space utilization for its size and reasonable enough pick up and torque from the small block V8 to make the compromise for somewhat better mileage worth it. There was nothing exceptional about it, but it was still serving its purpose unexceptionally, which is just what it was meant to do. What a period piece and even the Ford guy in me would love to have that in my garage! I think it was the only reliable car they ever owned. © 2020 J.D. It’s been so long since I’ve used that tool, I’d have to look at it to remember what all the test points connected to. I’ve had it since 2000, and put on about 30k of those miles. Car and Driver tested a Caprice coupe in summer 1977 with the 350 and, it broke the 17 second quarter mile barrier, at 16.9, which was impressive. Classic Industries offers a wide selection of 1977 Chevrolet Impala parts, including 1977 Chevrolet Impala interior parts and soft trim, 1977 Chevrolet Impala exterior sheet metal, 1977 Chevrolet Impala moldings, 1977 Chevrolet Impala emblems, 1977 Chevrolet Impala weatherstrip and unique accessories, to nearly every nut and bolt needed for installation. Kensett, AR 1977 Chevy Impala two door. Reminds me of my (late) grandparents’ 77 Catalina, same color with crank windows except the bench seat was vinyl. 1977 1978 1979 1984 CHEVROLET CAPRICE IMPALA MALIBU HEATER HEAT AC AIR CONTROL. The colour and condition of your car certainly triggers memories of years past. Driving the Impala also reminds me of the inherent soundness of the car’s design. Chevrolet Impala Sedan 350-4 V-8 Hydra-Matic (aut. The true character of a car shines through in its base trim. Theoretically, it was available as a base engine but I doubt many were ever built. 1977 Chevrolet Impala Coupe 350-4 V-8 Hydra-Matic (aut. The exterior paint, trim and mechanics are not in need of reconditioning. The only issues were the A/C (twice, once when the compressor locked up on the Cross-Bronx Expressway back when vehicles on blocks were common there, and once when it dumped all of the freon into the passenger compartment), and the rear springs which got prematurely soft after a 4-week loaded camping road trip across the country and back). 1977 Chevrolet Impala Coupe 350-4 V-8 … He replaced a rusty 75 Mustang II not-Ghia not-fastback. It was in immaculate condition and driven by a middle aged guy who just ran for coffee and lottery tickets with it, and presumably other around town errands. I have been stopped at street lights by guys who wanted to tell me how much they loved their old Chevys and can’t believe I’m still driving one. Nice car, I like that it’s so simply configured. The 305 was fine in the B-body sedan, especially the lighter low option cars like this one. They were absolutely stunned when they got new tires in ’80 or ’81; the car rode so much nicer on aftermarket rubber than on the original-equipment garbage tires. Carpet Kit For 1977-1985 Chevy Impala 4 Door. It was refreshingly pleasant to drive and handle compared to prior years bloated barges. Nope. I still own the aftermarket electrical board that plugs into the orange “diagnostic” connector. 1977 Chevrolet Impala - 4 Door Car is in excellent condition. $ 2.42. Also, GM began cheapening the interior even more. Access online used parts and accessories for 1977 Chevrolet Impala vehicles. 3) (Landau) Standard and Alternative Wheel and Tire Sizes. Power. I almost added this to my comment. Again most of them suffer the same fate. The new "smaller" Impalas, although taller, were more narrow and shorter in length. It’s a time machine because it is the kind of car impossible to find these days – an honest, low option family driver. But while I am way over 35 and remember exactly when these cars were launched, and how innovative they seemed, at least to the automotive press and those of us who devoured the car magazines, count me as one who has spent very little time in them or any of their GM stablemates. We were in the middle of a gas war, so I waited to convert it to LPG. Having also owned Ford Panthers, I also agree the Ford drastically improved, but only to the point of being competitive with GM. Bel Air was the bottom of the heap in Canada only. 40 60. A bit worse for the wear and in need of a few repairs but supposedly only 61k miles (perhaps 161k? I love the interior, it’s in such good condition. This vehicle would be in excellent condition overall. Base Price. the recollections shared make keeping a Plain Jane oldie running all the more worthwhile. With slightly more than 100,000 miles, the Impala appears to have survived years in the upper Midwest without completely succumbing to the tin worm that made mincemeat of most of its contemporaries. The parents of a friend of mine bought either a ’77 or a ’78 Impala. Classic 2 Current Fabrication is a trusted manufacturer of hard to find Chevrolet Impala rust repair panels and replacement auto body panels. This column does not represent a ‘parts car’ or a non-running vehicle.Note: Some of the vehicles in this publication could be considered ‘Daily Drivers’ and are not valued as a classic vehicle. It shrank both in steel and in mettle (pun intended). 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible. These are great drivers, and can be a cheap and reliable introduction into driving an older car. Find the best used car deals for your search 1967 4 door impala. For sale in our St. Louis Showroom is a true survivor, a numbers matching 1977 Chevrolet Impala 4-door sedan with just 28,369 miles on the odometer. Our 1977 Chevrolet Impala inventory changes by the hour and includes front/rear bumpers, doors, hoods, headlights, taillights, mirrors, wheels, engines and more. So they bought a new 77 Impala wagon. Not it’s not. I love this car! Thanks for finding a preserving a time capsule. That’s an awesome car and an awesome sounding trip you took with your son! Yes, it’s fun to see muscle cars and exotic supercars at a car show, but they don’t bring out the visceral memories that folks share when they stop me to talk about the Impala. Over a 25 year period, between me and my immediate family we had 10 of these cars. I’ll be you don’t see many of those in Minnesota these days, but it would have been as common as corn back in its day. I remember the CR report and actually found a copy of it in my local library. Chevy Impala 1977, Door Lock Kit by Standard®. This was a rare type of car in my childhood even though I was born in ’74; people in my family who had B-bodies (and they were plenty, mostly childless empty nesters) optioned them as luxury cars with AC, PW and plush velour seats while most of the rest of us, and my schoolmates’ parents, all had much smaller cars without any of those features and were early adopters of FWD. Don’t gripe JP, I’d been thinking “Whew, at least Grandma sprung for the 305, what an upgrade!” because of my own experience with a brown 4 door Impala: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/cars-of-a-lifetime/coal-1981-chevrolet-impala-b-is-for-broomhandle/. Lordy, that comment about the air cleaner flipped a switch. This one has the 305 instead of the 250 six, but has close to 150k miles. Whether you’re restoring your 1977-1985 Chevrolet Impala or just replacing some old, worn our flooring, we have a replacement flooring for you. With slightly more than 100,000 miles, the Impala appears to have survived years in the upper Midwest without completely succumbing to the tin worm that made mincemeat of most of its contemporaries. This is a great looking one-owner car and that 2-door coupe bodystyle would draw some looks, there’s no question about it. This is an unusual 2-door “sport coupe” model and the seller has it on Craigslist for $3,500. My across the street neighbor had a chocolate turd brown Chevy sedan (1973 I think), and I loved the sound from under the hood and it made a really boss sound, particularly on acceleration. Used 1977 Chevrolet Impala Parts For Sale. 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