It also comes with period correct shotgun shells.
Finding a cool car in a barn is great, regardless of the provenance. But when you find an average car with a great story, it's even better. By the way, provenance usually means racing history with barn finds, but the word just means "the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature." This is a valued object, and being used by the mafia is definitely a history of ownership.
The story, as it was told to the seller, goes like this. The 1960 Chevy Impala you see here was once owned by the Castellano crime family. Paul Castellano succeeded Carlo Gambino as the head of the Gambinos and was eventually assassinated in 1985, but not before he gave his maid this 283-ci V8 Chevy Impala.
It sat in her shed for years, says the seller, and now it's available for purchase. Special mob-related amenities include a gun holster, sans gun, sewn into the underside of the front seat. It also comes with a box of period-correct shotgun shells, both of which are cool conversation pieces and add up to the current price of this boat.
With three days left, the bid is $25,000. That's obviously on the expensive side for a ratty Impala like this, many can be found for half the price or less. On the other hand, top-notch models with the right engine codes go for six figures. But this one needs a lot of work. A dusty Lamborghini Miura it is not.
According to the seller in addition to the shotgun shells, " there are flight tickets to New York from Florida, under the Castellano family name. It is a decent running and driving vehicle with a 283 V8 and two-speed Powerglide transmission. The body has typical bumps and bruises from all the years, but it's still not bad for the age. It looks as though there has been prior work done to both quarters. The floor has also had some prior small patchwork done."
When new, that V8 made about 170 hp, though after 60 years it's surely in need of some refreshing. On stock tires it could sprint to 60 mph in 12 seconds, and the quarter mile was measured with a sundial at 18.9 seconds.
It's certainly a cool conversation piece, and could easily be restored to 10-foot condition (looks good from 10 feet) for less than $10K. Plus, your car would have been owned by a mafia boss! Who was assassinated on John Gotti's orders! On second thought, maybe you shouldn't drive it.