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1968 Chevy Impala Custom Coupe 427

This is a 1968 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe in Grotto Blue with the desirable and powerful 427 under the hood.

1968 was also the year that full-sized Chevys received a facelift with new sheet metal and bumpers together with hidden windshield wipers. It was also the year that this Custom Coupe debuted, identified by it’s formal (notchback) roofline taken from the Caprice giving two-door fans an alternative to the Sport Coupe with its sloping roofline.

Continuing with the tradition, Impala still had triple taillights on each side rather than a dual configuration found on the Biscayne and Bel Air.

Rear view of a 68 Chevrolet Impala 427 showing the custom coupe roofline
rear view

Primary competition for the Impala would have been from cars like Dodge’s Polara, the Plymouth Fury and Ford’s Custom, Galaxie and LTD.

Inside, the Impala enjoyed lounge style interiors with extra-thick foam cushioning and beautiful cloth and vinyl seat coverings.

bench seat interior

Power comes from a 427 cubic inch Turbo-Jet V8 (L36) producing 385 horsepower. It’s mounted to a Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.

427 V8

This Impala is also equipped with the rare, Comfortron air conditioning that would have cost an additional $384 when ordered new. Other options include; power steering, power brakes, AM/FM radio and a padded dash.

All full-size Chevrolets had a wheelbase of 119″, overall length of 214.7″ and 79.6″ wide.

side view of a 1968 Chevy Impala Custom Coupe
side view

Chevrolet made 710,900 Impalas for the 1968 model year and it was actually their best selling full-size car for this year. The Custom Coupe had a base price of $3,021 for the base six cylinder and a further $105 for the V8.

The 427 and Turbo Hydra-matic combination would have added a further $385 to the original purchase price.

This 1968 Impala 427 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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