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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder, June 19th – 21st at Russo and Steele’s Newport Beach, California Auction.
Continuing to bask in the glow of the early-1960s glory days when Chevrolet’s full-size Impalas and lightweight Biscaynes ruled the street, strip, and NASCAR ovals, the full-size Chevrolets received all-new bodywork for 1965 and again for 1967. Deceptively large with crisp, taut bodylines, the full-size Chevrolets were available with the enlarged 427-cubic inch Mark IV V-8 engine beginning in 1966, supported by an ever-growing list of heavy-duty powertrain and suspension options to harness its massive output.
Featuring the top RPO L72 427 cubic-inch V-8 pounding out 425 factory-rated horsepower, this fascinating 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 hardtop is the product of an impressive and highly detailed body-off-frame restoration by long-time owner Bill Wickman. Extremely rare with its L72 engine, which was only briefly available for ’67 models after the engine was reintroduced to the full-size Chevy model line-up on April 3, 1967, this SS 427 features a correct-for-1967 engine-block casting date and a correct casting number, which matches the proper RPO L72 numbers for the 1967 Impala as listed in Alan Colvin’s Chevy By the Numbers book. As few as 11 full-size Chevys received the L72 engine. In addition, the Impala left the South Gate, Los Angeles Chevrolet assembly plant during the fifth week of May 1967, within the brief L72/full-size Chevy production window for 1967-model cars.
Mr. Wickman acquired the vehicle as a sound, rust-free example in good condition 32 years ago from the prior owner in Seattle. Soon after the purchase, he rebuilt the engine, with the steel crank ground 0.010-inch under. Notably, the L72 427 retains all of its original parts, with the exception of new genuine GM bearings, piston rings, and valve springs, which were still available from GM at the time. Only an approximate 1,000 miles have passed ever since then, with the car fastidiously maintained. The SS 427 was restored in 2010 to virtually impeccable show-quality standards throughout.
The only time the Impala was shown at a judged event was at the November 2011 Musclecar and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, where it earned Gold, scoring 992 out of a possible 1,000 points. There, the MCCN Judges, including Chief Judge Bill Braun, confirmed the late-1966 engine-casting number is indeed correct for the car. Next, the Impala was the cover subject for the September 2012 edition of Hemmings Muscle Machines. Among its many desirable features, the SS 427 includes a 7,000-rpm tachometer and for enhanced durability, the 12-bolt rear end housing is equipped with a virtually bulletproof Moroso Power Brute differential and 4.56:1 ring and pinion. Complete with an original owner’s manual and sales brochure, this extremely rare and immaculate 1967 SS 427 Impala represents the peak of full-size Chevy performance with its wicked L72 powerplant.