Super Rare 1966 Chevy Impala Wagon Barn Find

Want to see a car that stands out and gets a lot of attention? Check out this 1966 Chevrolet Impala wagon. Chances are pretty good you’ve never seen another ’66 Impala station wagon that’s exactly like this because it was built with an incredibly rare custom configuration. This classic Impala wagon was listed for sale on eBay as of the posting of this article.

66 Chevy Impala Wagon
’66 Chevy Impala Wagon

A Classic, Original 1966 Chevrolet Impala Station Wagon, and Everything Works (Except the Clock)

This one-owner Impala wagon has only 34,000 original miles on it. Since we’re speaking of original… this car has the original motor (more on that in a minute), original paint, original chrome, the factory tach, the original dash clock, and the original brake shoes.

While the original brake shoes are intact, the braking system has been updated with new brake lines and wheel cylinders.

All the aftermarket additions added by the owner were removed and put back to the original factory specs.

Everything on this car works, except the dash clock (which probably just needs to be cleaned.)

1966 Impala Wagon
1966 Impala Wagon

Specs for This ’66 Impala Station Wagon

When ordering this car, the owner wanted a car with the power to pull his race car, a 1957 Chevy.

With a ’57 Chevy weighing in around 3,300 pounds, that meant he needed a wagon with some hefty power.

So, he ordered this 1966 Chevy Impala wagon with the factory Corvette driveline.

This six passenger car has a 427 cid, 390 horsepower engine, a 4-speed transmission, and a factory 12-bolt rear end.

66 Impala Wagon Engine
66 Impala Wagon Engine

The Condition of This ’66 Chevy Impala Wagon

This Impala station wagon was parked in a building in Cleveland in 1980, where it sat all these years until discovered by Jim of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds.

This car is solid inside and out, plus according to the listing it sounds, runs, and shifts great.

There are a few rust spots on the original Marina Blue paint from a leak in the building where the car was stored.

(The rust spots are pretty light, but you can kind of see them in the video below when the car is being pulled out of the building and into the light.)

1966 Chevrolet Impala Wagon
1966 Chevrolet Impala Wagon

Putting the Car Back to Original

If you’re ready to see yourself sliding behind the wheel of this classic Impala wagon, you may want to know about the rest of the things that were done to put it back to original specs.

I won’t detail all of them because you can always visit the eBay listing, but the aftermarket buckets were removed, the factory bench seat was replaced and the towing hitch was removed.

The original paperwork comes came with the car as proof that it’s a real COPO (Central Office Production Order) ’66 Impala wagon with the specifications detailed in the listing and video.

 

The Stories That Go With the Car

Part of the magic of this car is knowing the story of the car’s history and how it ended up being a barn find.

There are a couple of sweet stories about the car that were shared by the previous owner’s daughter in the video above.

One was a story about the only time the car was ever driven in the rain, and another one was about the family sleeping in the car at the races.

I won’t give all the details away since it’s someone else’s story, so if you have time, I highly recommend watching it.

Looking for Cars for Future Episodes

A comment on the YouTube page that houses the video details what to do if you have an old car that’s just sitting around and you would like to have it considered for an episode of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds.

Here’s what you would need to do:

  • Send an email to: kirstservices@gmail.com
  • In that email, include:
    • your name
    • phone number
    • make and model of the car
    • at least one picture of the car
      • (If you don’t include a picture, your submission won’t be considered, so make sure to include that.)

By: Ré



Elegant Burgundy and White 1965 Mustang Ragtop

If you’re a classic Ford Mustang pony car enthusiast, it probably isn’t too hard to imagine yourself behind the wheel of this elegant burgundy and white 1965 Mustang ragtop. Read on to learn more about this Mustang, and if interested in making it your own, it’s for sale at the link below as of the time of this post.

65 Mustang Convertible Burgundy and White
’65 Mustang Convertible Burgundy and White

First Generation Ford Mustang Convertible

This iconic and phenomenal pony car from Ford features a 3-speed manual transmission that lets you shift through the gears as you put it through its paces. A lot of drivers prefer a car with a standard transmission for the responsiveness and because, well, it’s just fun to drive a stick.

I couldn’t find any stats on how many 1965 Mustang convertibles were built with the combination of 3-speed tranny, a 200 horsepower engine, and of course a ragtop. I did find that there were 65,633 standard convertible 1965 Ford Mustangs built, according to Mustang Specs.

The Basic Info on This ’65 Mustang Convertible

65 Mustang Engine
65 Mustang Engine

The 200 horsepower, 6-cylinder engine under the hood of this ’65 Mustang convertible has 116,000 miles on it. And, as you can see in the photo above, it looks pretty good but could use a little detailing to get it show-ready.

If you want to do a bit of research on the first gen Mustang, click here to learn about some basic differences between the 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang and the 1965 Mustang.

For answers to any questions you may have questions about the car, to place a bid, or to contact the seller, visit Your Collector Car where the owner has listed this ’65 Ford Mustang ragtop for sale.

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Ford Mustang Convertible?

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1966 Ford Mustang GT 350 Tribute

Can you see yourself behind the wheel of this tough red and black 1966 Mustang? Well, if you can and you’re up for a bit of work, it could be yours…

1966 Mustang GT 350 Tribute
1966 Mustang GT 350 Tribute for sale on eBay by seller: 610johninpa

This 1966 Ford Mustang GT 350 tribute car is listed for sale on eBay (with no reserve) and a current high bid of $6,855 – as of the time of this post. This is a running project car, according to the seller’s description. Read on for more details, or click on over to eBay to check out the car yourself. Don’t wait too long, though, because this no reserve auction is slated to end Sunday evening on April 8, 2018.

The Specs of this 1966 Ford Mustang GT 350 Tribute

  • This vintage muscle car has a 38,000 miles on the odometer.
  • This Mustang coupe is powered by an 8 cylinder engine and has an automatic transmission.
  • The car is (as shown) black with red detailing, though the seller notes it does need painted at some point.
  • It also has a black interior.
  • The seller picked up this ’66 Mustang in Florida with the goal of fixing it up and reselling it.
  • This Ford Mustang runs, has no rust, and the seller includes an itemized receipt of things that he did to the motor in order to get the car running.
  • The automatic tranny shifts smoothly, but there are some things that need fixed right away to drive this vintage Mustang safely.

Things Needing Fixed to Safely Drive this ’66 Ford Muscle Car

As with any car you find that’s listed for sale at a great price, this 1966 Mustang has a few things that need fixed.

  • Turn signals
  • Lights
  • Brake lights
  • Wind shield wipers
  • Seat belts
  • Brakes (They’re drum brakes and while the car does stop, the seller notes that the brakes do need some work.)

For some general info on the 1966 Ford Mustang, visit Getting to Know the 1966 Ford Mustang, here on Classic Cars Online US.

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Ford Mustang?

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The Growth of the Model Car Industry

The Growth of the Model Car Industry
By Edmund Brunetti

Model Car: Vintage VW Bus
Model Car: Vintage VW Bus image courtesy of Pixabay

Over the last few years, model cars have become an ever more popular collectable. There are likely many reasons for this, not the least of which being the fact that racing has also grown in popularity as a sport. In the United States, there is the phenomenon of stock car racing, and in countries like Australia, there is the growth of V8 Supercar racing. This has caused people to want to collect scale models of the cars that their favorite drivers drive. In other sports, one might collect jerseys or cards of specific players; in car racing, people tend to collect scale models of the cars of specific drivers. In either case, a market for collectables has been created, and it is one that is booming.

 

It is not only racing fans who collect scale model cars, however. You can get model cars of your favorite classic or muscle cars, or just about any other car that exists. Someone might just love cars, and because of this, they want to collect models of all of their favorites. There are even specific brands that will cater to specific collectors. If you are into collecting racing car models, then there are a few brands that might interest you. If, on the other hand, you are into collecting classic muscle cars, then you might find that there are different brands that have more to offer. Either way, for the collector, there is always a wide variety of different models available.

 

With the growth of the collectable market, there has also been a rise in the value of many of these scale model cars. Limited edition models are regularly put out, and these are the ones that grab the most attention of those who are collecting in hopes of gaining monetary value. If only a select number of a specific model car has been manufactured, then that specific car will become more and more rare as time passes. Rarity is not a certainty when it comes to value, but the rarer something is, the more likely it is to rise in price if there is a demand for it. This is why many people are now viewing their collections as investments in the future rather than just a simple hobby.

 

No matter what your reason is for collecting cars, it is apparent that the model cars industry is not going away any time soon. There has been a huge growth in the interest in model car collecting over the last few years, and it appears that this growth is going to continue. The smart collectors will likely get involved in this market sooner rather than later, as it is possible that it could hit its peak eventually. Whether you just like the way the scale models look, or you think that you might be able to use them as an investment in the future, getting involved in model car collection right now seems to be the smart idea.

 

Get yourself some of the best available model cars here.

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1964 Chevy Impala SS Coupe in Stunning Corona Cream

If you’re a fan of sixties cars, it’s pretty easy to picture yourself cruising in this stunning Corona Cream 1964 Chevy Impala. This sweet Bowtie is was listed for sale on eBay as of the posting of this review, but if you want it, you’d better hurry because it only has one more day before the listing closes. I’m not going to drop the price here, because it’s an auction listing and can change from moment to moment, but if you’re interested, by all means be sure to check out this ’64 Impala SS

1964 Chevy Impala
1964 Chevy Impala for Sale on eBay

1964 Chevy Impala SS Coupe in Factory Corona Cream

Based on the photos provided by the seller in the eBay listing, this 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Coupe looks good inside and out.

This 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Coupe comes to you from California, so it’s in great condition without the problems that come from salted roads in northern climates.

The undercarriage, body panels and paint are all in nice condition.

With only about 5,000 miles on its 350 engine, this car roars to life, and is smoke-free. The 350 motor is paired with the 350 turbo transmission for excellent performance, and as noted by the owner, it runs and drives very well, and goes straight down the road.

This ’64 Chevrolet Impala SS Coupe has power steering and power brakes.

The lights and gauges on this ’64 Impala SS are all good.

The bumpers and chrome trim are all in nice shape, and the interior looks good, too.

This Impala has a clean California title and it is being sold “as is with no warranty.”

The seller provides contact info in the listing, and advises potential buyers to inspect the vehicle before the auction ends.

Summary of eBay listing prepared by Laure Justice

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Classic Cars and More at Memory Lane in Galion, Ohio

Memory Lane in Galion, Ohio is one of my favorite spots in North Central Ohio to enjoy looking at classic cars, and it was featured on the Columbus Channel 4 news this morning, so I want to share the news clip here. Check out the cars and the great memorabilia, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

Memory Lane Auto Museum

Memory Lane is located on the main street in Galion, Ohio, and the collection is curated by Jim Hedges. Hedges is featured in the video, and, in addition to sharing this amazing collection of automotive and pop culture history at the Memory Lane museum, he also buys and sells classic cars.

Want to Buy or Sell a Classic Car?

If you’re looking to buy or sell a classic car, give me a yell in the comments box and I would be glad to put you in touch with Hedges, or simply write up a listing and take advantage of one of the free ads in classifieds section here on Classic Cars Online US.

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The Record Breaking 4th Gen 1965 Chevrolet Impala

For 1965, Chevrolet introduced the newly redesigned Impala to consumers and it was met with a record-breaking response that still hasn’t been surpassed in the 52 years since then. It was the first year of the fourth generation for the Impala, and customers purchased over a million of these beauties!

1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe image by Iebruneau at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1965 Caprice Impala

In 1965, Chevy introduced the Caprice as the top-line Impala model. That might sound a bit quirky, because today, the Caprice is its own model and has been for decades, but in its first year, it was simply an Impala package. It was the next year, 1966, when the Caprice broke off as its own model. So, if you hear someone saying 1965 Caprice Impala or using the terms interchangeably, that’s why.

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS
1965 Impala Convertible image by Crwpitman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The B-Body ’65 Impala

The ’65 Chevy Impala was not only a history-making, record-breaking seller for GM, it was built on the B-Body platform that’s the fourth place best selling automotive platform of all time, beat out only by the German VW Beetle, American Ford Model T, and the Russian Lada Riva.

1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon (6880366212)
’65 Chevy Impala Wagon image by sv1ambo (1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1965 Chevrolet Impala Engine Options

The 1965 Impala engine options included the Turbo-Thrift 6-Cylinder with a 250cid and 150hp, the Super Turbo-Fire/Turbo-Fire V-8 with 283cid and 195hp, the Super Turbo-Fire and Turbo-Fire V-8 with 327cid and 250hp to 300hp, the 396 Turbo-Jet V-8 with 396cid and 325hp to 425hp, and the 409 Turbo Fire V-8 with 409cid and 340hp to 400hp. According to Impala Classics, production of the 396 Turbo-Jet V8 began in February 15, 1965 and production of the 409 Turbo-Fire V8 ended mid-year in 1965.

’65 Impala Color Options

In ’65, the factory exterior color options for the Impala were:

  • Tuxedo Black
  • Ermine White
  • Mist Blue
  • Danube Blue
  • Willow Green
  • Cypress Green
  • Artesian Turquoise
  • Tahitian Turquoise
  • Madeira Maroon
  • Evening Orchid
  • Regal Red
  • Sierra Tan
  • Cameo Beige
  • Glacier Gray
  • Goldwood Yellow

Factory interior color options for the ’65 Impala were:

  • White
  • Dark Green
  • Light Fawn
  • Midnight Green
  • Medium Fawn
  • Medium Turquoise
  • Medium Dark Fawn in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Turquoise in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Saddle
  • Medium Blue
  • Dark Saddle in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Blue in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Slate
  • Red
  • Dark Slate in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Red
  • Gunmetal
  • Black in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Green

By Laure Justice

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The Rectilinear Styling of the 1963 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala is one of Chevrolet’s longest running models, with a history that goes back to 1958 and is still running today in 2017. The 1963 Chevrolet Impala with “Jet Smooth” styling is part of the third incarnation of, or the third generation of, the Chevy Impala.

1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1963 Chevrolet Impala) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Sleek and Elegant 1963 Chevrolet Impala

This classic Chevy features long, straight lines described as rectilinear, but it has just enough curves to smooth out the look.

So, it comes off as long and sleek rather than boxy, and there’s nothing plain or simplistic in the look of these sweet bowties.

The 1963 Impala was designed with rectilinear styling and it had an aluminum rear taillight panel with a chrome border on the ’63 Impala SS models.

The Chevrolet company described the look of the car as Jet Smooth, and some original ads presented the car driving below a low-flying airplane to let customers compare the body lines of the Impala to a small jet.

’63 Impala Body Lines

More pointed front and rear fenders made the ’63 Impala look longer and more low-slung than previous years’ Impalas, as noted by My Classic Garage.

A ‘crease” graced the roof of the sport sedan models, slightly above the rear window.

1963 was the first year for the “coved” instrument panel, completely changing the look of the dashboard from previous years.

Simple indicator lights (idiot lights) replaced the gauges used in earlier models.

An optional tach was available, built into the dash above the steering wheel, but not very many Impala owners ordered that particular feature.

1963 Chevy Impala Engine Options

1963 Chevrolet Impala engine options were similar to 1962 Impala engine choices, with the small-block 283 cid and the 327cubic inch (4.6 and 5.4 L) V8’s being the most popular engines offered.

A special drag racer’s and NASCAR 427-cubic-inch (7.0 L) version of the 409 TurboFire V8 engine was installed in the 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe – or Chevrolet Regular Production Option (RPO) Z11.

1963 Impala Tranny Options

the transmission options offered in the Impala in 1963 were the 3- and 4-speed Synchromesh standards, the Chevy OverDrive transmission and the Chevy PowerGlide transmission.

Color Options on the 1963 Impala

The factory exterior color options for the ’63 Impala were:

  • Tuxedo Black
  • Laurel Green
  • Ivy Green
  • Silver Blue
  • Monaco Blue
  • Azure Aqua
  • Marina Aqua
  • Autumn Gold
  • Ember Red
  • Saddle Tan
  • Cordovan Brown
  • Ermine White
  • Adobe Beige
  • Satin Silver
  • Palomar Red

The factory interior colors for the Impala in 1963 were:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • Fawn
  • Aqua
  • Black
  • White
  • Saddle

By Laure Justice

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Chevy Impala?

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How to Buy Used Classic Cars

Learn how to buy used classic autos and you will have a car you love and an investment that will greatly appreciate. Knowledge is the key here and knowing which questions to ask when you buy used collectible cars.

By Leon Edward

How to Buy Used Classic Cars
How to Buy Used Classic Cars image courtesy of Pixabay

If you are going to buy used classic cars, the most important thing you can have at your disposal is knowledge of them. Purchasing a classic car is much different than purchasing a typical car and even for the most experienced buyers it can be a tricky feat. The last thing you want is to spend big money on a lemon. Here is a look at helpful steps that can help you find a quality classic car that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Step #1 – Decide What You Want in a Classic Automobile

First, you must decide what you want in a classic car. Do you want to buy used classic cars to enter in competitions or do you want to drive your classic car on a regular basis for pleasure? For those who plan to use the car all the time, going with a vehicle in “show condition” is not the best choice. However, if you plan to compete, then spending a bit more on a classic car in better condition will be worth your money.

Step #2 – Research the Specific Car You Want

After you know what you want in a collectible car and what you are going to use it for, start researching the specific car that you want. Different cars have specific problem areas that you have to watch out for when buying. Take time to research the exact model and year you’re looking for so you know what to look for when considering particular cars.

Step #3 – Carefully Do a Visual Inspection

Once you are looking at a specific vehicle when preparing to buy used classic cars, carefully do a visual inspection. Take a look around the vehicle looking for body damage and rust. Ensure you look under the hood as well as the hoses, belts, and fluids. Keep an eye open for any leaks.

Step #4 – Take the Car on a Test Drive

After you have done the visual inspection, take the car on a test drive. Never buy used classic cars without testing them out yourself. Have the owner start up the vehicle and look at the tailpipe. If there is black or blue smoke, there could be a problem. Drive the vehicle yourself. Take note of the power, any sway that occurs in the front, and how the car shifts. You want the car in great driving condition – otherwise, you may end up sinking a lot of money into repairs once you purchase the car.

Step #5 – Ask for Documentation and Records on the Vehicle

It’s important that you ask for documentation and records on the vehicle as well. You want to see what repairs have been done on the vehicle through the years. If the owner tries to tell you they have no records, think twice before making the purchase.

Step #6 – Have a Pre-Purchase Inspection Done By a Trusted Mechanic

Even if the car looks great to you and it runs great when you test drive it, have a pre-purchase inspection done by a trusted mechanic before you buy used classic cars. A mechanic probably has more knowledge than you do and may be able to find problems that you could have overlooked. Ensure you go with a mechanic you trust and get a full report before making an offer on the vehicle.

Step #7 – Get a Vehicle History Report

Get a vehicle history report on the classic auto, even if the mechanic says things look great. This way you can ensure the car is not stolen and you can also find out how many people have owned the car in the past. These vehicle history reports can be done on the web and are reasonably priced and well worth the money.

Step #8 – Make a Reasonable Offer

Once you are sure the car is a good investment, then you are ready to make a reasonable offer. Make an offer according to the price guide with any problems the car has in mind. Remember, this is a vehicle you don’t have to buy, and if you don’t get a fair deal, you can simply walk away from the deal.

These steps are important if you are going to buy used classic cars. Always use these steps to ensure you get a great deal, and remember that knowledge is going to be your key to success when purchasing any classic vehicle.

At expert author Leon Edward’s website Buy Used Classic Cars [http://buy-used-classic-cars.com] get tips and advice on what, where and how to buy all kinds of classic vehicles for pure joy and investment. Also search database for finds from police and IRS auctions

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Classic & Cruising 1965 Chevrolet Corvair

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the production line and onto the roadways of America with smoothed-out body lines, an absent B-pillar and an upgraded 4-wheel independent suspension. Nicknamed ‘The Poor Man’s Porsche”, the ’65 Corvair had more power than previous year’s models and an improved braking system to complement that extra power.

Nationale oldtimerdag Zandvoort 2010, 1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA, DM-27-60 pic 2
Image of this beautiful 19665 Corvair by Alf van Beem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Second Generation 1965 Chevy Corvair

The year 1965 was the first year of the second gen Chevrolet Corvair line. Corvairs were in production from 1960 through 1969, with the first generation Corvairs produced from 1960 until 1964. 1965 through 1969 covered the second generation.

Was the Corvair Really Unsafe?

One thing that surprised me, when researching to write this article, is that I’ve always heard the car was taken out of production ‘by Ralph Nader’ because it was unsafe. So, I was surprised to learn that Nader only questioned the safety of the first three years’ models of first generation Corvairs because of the swing suspension installed in them – plus he questioned the safety of the entire auto industry – but the Corvair was singled out by the media. By 1964, an anti-roll bar had been installed in the front end of the cars.

That means, the cars dropped from production, six years later, had nothing to do with the cars in question because the safety issues had been addressed in 1964 and then fully redesigned in 1965 models. Plus, a number of other car models – produced by Mercedes, Renault and Volkswagen used the same type of swing suspension and were not pulled into the safety debate in the same manner.

’65 Corvair Specs

A 140 horsepower engine was installed in the rear of the 1965 Corvair, and it measured 183.3 inches in length from bumper to bumper.

The wheelbase of the ’65 Corvair was 180 inches, and measured 69.7 inches wide and 52.8 inches high.

According to a paint color card shared on Corvair.org, there were 15 available exterior colors for the 1965 Corvair and 7 interior colors.

’65 Corvair Exterior Colors

  1. Black
  2. Light Blue
  3. Maroon Poly
  4. Yellow
  5. Gray
  6. Light Green
  7. Dark Blue
  8. Red
  9. Dark Yellow
  10. Fawn
  11. Dark Green
  12. Turquoise Poly
  13. Orange
  14. White
  15. Ivory

1965 Corvair Interior Colors

  • Ivory
  • Fawn Poly
  • Charcoal Gray Poly
  • Charcoal (I have to confess I’m not clear on the difference between charcoal gray poly and plain charcoal. If anyone has info on it, I would welcome your input.)
  • Red
  • Light Green
  • Turquoise Poly

How Many Corvairs Were Built in 1965?

A total of 235,438 Chevrolet Corvairs were built in the 1965 production run. The breakdown of the numbers for each specific model are:

  • 17,560 Corvair Series 500 4-door hardtop sport sedans
  • 36,747 Corvair Series 500 2-door sport coupes
  • 20,291 Corvair Corsa Series 2-door hardtop sport coupes
  • 8,353 Corvair Corsa Series 2-door convertibles (making this the rarest of the ’65 Corvair models.)
  • 37,157 Monza Series 4-door hardtop sport sedans
  • 88,954 Monza Series 2-door hardtop sport coupes
  • 26,466 Monza Series 2-door convertibles

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By Laure Justice

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