And it's also for sale.
The Chevrolet Impala is no more. This iconic American sedan is yet another victim of the crossover craze. For now, the Chevy Malibu will remain on sale but even its long-term survival is not guaranteed. Americans simply want crossovers and SUVs more than ever. For anyone still mourning the passing of the Impala, then we think we have something that'll cheer you right up.
This 1961 Impala sedan has undergone some major modifications that have turned into a genuine 4x4 off-roader. Its ride height wasn't just increased and off-road tires swapped in, but rather it's undergone a significant rebuild. It now rides on a 1977 Chevy half-ton 4WD truck chassis, meaning it can literally be driven anywhere. And the best part? It's up for sale on eBay right now with an asking price of $12,500.
The seller claims the build was done in 1996, starting off life as a show car before becoming a suitable daily driver. Modern tech touches include Positraction rear end, power steering and power front disc brakes. Driving it cross country is not a problem. Inside, the overall interior looks to be in remarkably good condition with many classic bits remaining, such as the steering wheel and entire dashboard. One relatively modern-day touch is a Pioneer stereo with a subwoofer.
The exterior could use some work, however. There are a few areas where the paint is coming off and it could be prone to rust in some of the usual spots, such as in the front fenders.
Under the hood is a 400 cubic-inch V8 while total mileage is listed at 69,000 miles. Whether its next owner decides to daily drive it or not, one thing is absolutely going to be for certain: it'll get attention everywhere it's driven. The fact that it combines two great American Chevys into a single package will only make answering all those questions even more enjoyable.
So let this Impala 4x4 be a lesson for automakers: the sedan isn't necessarily dead, it just needs to be reborn in a far more unconventional way.