Introduced for the 1965 model year, the fourth-generation Chevy Impala has gone down as one of the most iconic vehicles of the 1960s due in large part to its wide array of V8 engines, a notable example of which being the 454 cubic-inch Big Block V8. Now, Hagerty has named the 1965-1970 Chevy Impala SS to its list of the top 10 collectors cars to purchase right now.
According to a report from Hagerty, the Super Sport (SS) trim level of the fourth-gen Impala is likely to skyrocket in value in the future – more so than it already has. In fact, the auto publication goes as far as to claim that the Impala SS may be the most American of American vehicles ever. Other positives that serve to increase the viability of the Bow Tie brand’s iconic muscle car is the wide availability of parts and the ability of the Impala to comfortably cruise or drag race.
However, Hagerty does point to some drawbacks with the classic piece of American steel, including the need for a big garage, the abysmal fuel economy, and the Impala’s aversion to anything other than a straight line.
That being said, Hagerty prices a pristine example of the 1965-1970 Chevy Impala SS somewhere in the $45,000 ballpark.
For reference, the fourth-generation Impala was an extremely popular vehicle at the time of its release, with sales surpassing the one-million mark in 1965. As comparison, General Motors sold a little over two million vehicles in the United States over the course of the 2022 calendar year, all brands and nameplates combined.
Of course, Impala buyers had a difficult decision to make when it came time to check off the powertrain configuration, as the muscle car could be optioned with a bevy of V8 gasoline engines. Some notable examples include the 427 V8 producing 425 horsepower or the 454 V8 developing 390 horsepower.