I believe the $10K is possibly a slight exaggeration, but it is a highly desirable car. Even the ’65 Impala Wagon. I recently bought one and can hardly force myself to get out of the car when I arrive at my destination. I have at least one person asking if it is for sale everyday. My Impala wagon has all the power I need with the 327, not really a muscle car (my other car is a ’68 AMX), but it is comfortable and it really goes as fast as I want it to go. And… I have yet to see another one in town.
I don't believe that a 327 adds 30% ($1500-$1800) to the value of the car. I think the writer was looking at what a big block (396 or larger) would add to the value. The 327 is just too common and not that much more powerful than the standard 283 V8.
The 65 Impala is one of the better looking cars that Chevy has made. My Dad bought a used 65 back in early 1966 with 2,000 miles on it at the time... It was a 4 Door Hardtop, two tone... crocus yellow with white roof, 283 V-8 with a 3 speed standard transmission on the tree... He drove that car over 100,000 miles and traded it in on a newer vehicle that ended up rusting out in 5 years... that 65 was one vehicle that he regretted getting rid of...
I bought a 65 Impala convertible with its original engine, and floors and trunk rusted out. It was valued at 5000 by an appraiser. It came with a 283 and a power glide tranny. It doesn't run yet and I'm thinking of putting in a 350. I'm loving the time I spend restoring it. Let me know if I should keep the original engine or drop a bigger one.
I'm thinking of buying a 65 Impala with 327, this car is a two door hard top, in almost mint condition. Asking 4000 dollars. Would I be paying too much for it?