So is this a cautionary tale or just another example of the fickle nature of the world of hot rodding? This 1966 pro touring Impala is a good car. It looks well built, it has a modicum of great parts in the drivetrain and suspension, the quality of the paint is awesome, and the work on the interior is show car great. We said all that stuff because it is true. We also say the following because it is true. The car looks dated. At the time this thing was built it was a world class, show quality pro touring ride. It was certainly not a competition pro touring ride but it looks to have been built for the show circuit. Fuel injected 454, RideTech air suspension, and all the business. The boxes are checked.
Cars that are built at this level and capture a moment in time typically do not maintain the mass appeal that they had at the time of their construction. Eventually this thing will be viewed as totally awesome again. Just in the same way that the late second generation Camaros have become cool again and all the other stuff we dislike for a while moves back into the public consciousness. It is a fact of the hot rodding life and this car is kind of a poster child for it.
With a paint change, a wheel change, and a nose job this car would be current again. Ok the taillights would have to be changed as well but who is going to do that on a car that has a $129,000 asking price? Very few people. Yes you are getting solid bones but for $129,000 I don’t think even the most hardcore rich guys are thinking about buying a fixer-upper project.