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My First Car-1968 Chevy Impala

Updated on October 17, 2011

My first car was a 1968 Chevrolet Impala, 4 door, 327 cubic inch motor, with a 4 barrel carburetor. It was the most ugly shade of green. The interior was a green and gold. Pretty stylish for the time, I guess. But, when it's the late 70s and it's your first car, it wasn't the sexiest car in the school parking lot.

It was, however, in the school parking lot, which was more than all of my girlfriends at the time could say. I was the only one of my friends with a job and a car. That made me popular.

My dad was driving an old Impala himself and thought they were the grandest cars. He bought the car that was to be mine from my uncle. It had been sitting up in his yard for goodness knows how long. It smelled that way too.

My first car-1968 Chevrolet Impala, 4 dr.
My first car-1968 Chevrolet Impala, 4 dr.

Memories of My Impala

The high school I attended allowed us to leave campus for lunch. Most schools don't allow that anymore. This gave us an opportunity to ride around. We didn't venture far since a 50 minute lunch goes by pretty fast.

One thing we always managed to do was circle the school a couple of times. This always meant groups of students would be gathered on the lawn of the school and the smokers would be gathered across the street at the pool hall. It was a fairly common for three of us girls to be sitting in the front seat of my car since it had a bench seat. Just as we were in front of half the student body, the person on the far right would bend down and hide leaving me and another girlfriend sitting side by side.

Another time, my girlfriends and I decided to cruise around a local college campus hoping to find some cute boys to gawk at. We managed to find the male dormitory and luckily there were a couple of guys in the parking lot. We were flagged down and decided to stop and talk to them. I remember my girlfriends coming up with the bright idea of hanging their jackets in the back window of the car so that the car would somehow be less noticeable as mine in case someone who knew us happened to drive by. I'm pretty sure we could have done almost anything to that car and people would have still recognized it as mine.

In my high school years I worked for a donut shop and had to be to work at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I spent quite a few early mornings driving my Impala to work. I got my first speeding ticket in that car. It was a Friday afternoon and I had just picked up my paycheck. That tends to make a gal put the pedal to the metal. I was clocked at 48 mph in a 30 mph zone. At the time they had an option where you could have the ticket dismissed and cleared from your record if you went to Teen Court. I got that ticket in 1979 and I spent the next 23 years without a ticket.

That Just Don't Make Them Like That Anymore

Not long after I graduated and got married, we got rid of my 1968 Impala. It really was a very reliable car and served me well. I was glad to get a different car, but a little sad to see it go. They really don't make them like that anymore.

Check out the short video below of a car exactly like mine. It even looks very close to the same color. Sure brings back memories.

A 1968 Chevrolet Impala Like Mine


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      Kenneth Smith 6 years ago

      I recently came across a 1968 4-door Chevy Impala with matching numbers, 42,000 original factory miles on it that looks EXACTLY like the one in the video! Some lady in Pine Bluff Arkansas bought this car with ALL the bells and whistles. She even had the motor factory removed and re-painted from Chevy orange to the car's baby blue/blue green color. After she passed away it set in the garage for years and her son finally ended up selling it(for, "its just an old car" price!). I practically stole this thing. EVERYTHING on this car works, the heater/AC, the AM radio, the windshield washer's, EVERYTHING! It drives like it's barely been broken in. It's a 327 with power-glide transmission and a posi track rear end. It has the original title, the original owners manual with the protecto-plate. It has the protective undercoating for those northern protect it from the salted roads in the winter time. I could go on for question is...I paid $3500 for this car...what should I do with it? I've been told several things.

      1) Sell it as is 100% original for a profit.

      2) Have it professionally re-painted inside and out, including the motor back to Chevy orange...for a large re-sale profit.

      3) All of the above, add duel exhaust+turbo's, tinted windows, Disk brakes, and keep it for yourself/ drive the hell out of it!

      What would you guys recommend?

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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Glad I could take you back down memory lane, Boomer60. You're right about how the car would really pack in the friends. You were lucky yours was black. I'm glad the body style on the Impalas has progressed though. :)

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      Boomer60 7 years ago

      KCC, Wow talk about memory lane! My first car was a1965 Chevy Impala. Well it was my folks car but I could have it any time I wanted it. I started driving in 1966 so the car was fairly new. I was the only girl in my group that was allowed with their parents car. I was fortunate that my 66 Chevy was black.

      You could sure cram the people in though and we could cruise all night long for $2. Gas was only 35 cents a gal. then.

      That car went on forever. When I got married in the early 70s' my folks gave me the car. We had it for a few more years then traded it in for a new car.

      My husband and I have purchased Chevy Impala models the past three cars and they just don't hold together like they used to.

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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      You brought back memories for me, Harlan. My first husband's best friend had a bronze-colored Chevelle, but it was a 2-dr. It would have probably older since I remember riding in it in around 77-78.

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      Harlan Colt 7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      I think it was around 1990 or so. I bought a 73 Chevelle 4 door, it was a real clunker, full of rust, bronze colored beast. It was dirty inside and out. I bought it for $300 and I needed something to get around while I was building my truck. It ran fine but it looked like a Sanford & Son's Midnight special. Anyway, we named it the fishing car and took it fishing many times. Too funny.

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      Karen Curtis 7 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL...what a great story, Harlan! I sometimes wonder what happened to mine. We sold it to the sister of a guy my ex-husband worked with and I know she had it repainted blue. Never saw it again after that.

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      Harlan Colt 7 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

      Great Hub!

      I remember one time in college I was driving by an apartment complex and spied a 68 impala convertible with flat tires in the parking lot. I tried to find the owner but could not. A couple weeks later I was driving by and a tow truck was hooking on to it. I pulled in and trying to be funny asked the truck driver - how much would it cost me to have you bring that over to my house?

      He looked at me and said, "Pay the $35 tow bill."

      I asked him are you serious? and he said, yes, just pay the tow fee. So I paid him on the spot and he brought it to my house. I had it running in two days. I ended up giving the car to my brother who I thought would love it. He took it down the road to the junk yard and traded for a 1965 Chevy van. I was sick to my stomach. I should have just kept it. It was a nice car and I stole it money wise. What would it be worth today? A lot more than $35. Those were the days.

      - Harlan

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      Lisa Barrett 8 years ago

      I think I know the 1968 impala cost so much these days. It is in a TV show called Supernatural. If you get the TNT channel you can watch it at 9:00 central time.

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      I bet you wished you still had the Impala! Have you seen what these classic cars cost lately...Nice Hub! I wished I had one right now!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL..that's too funny Madame X....between us we made a nice Christmas in your red car and me in my green. Glad to bring back the memories for you!

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      Madame X 8 years ago

      I can't believe it - that was my first car too!! I had it in my second year of college. It was my aunt's and I got it from her. It was bright red and I loved it, even if it was a gas guzzler. Oh what fun!!

      Great hub - you brought back really fond memories :)

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      LOL...thanks RSMallory. My car was a tank compared to the popular cars in the late 70s when gas started going up.

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      Rebecca Sue Mallory 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub KCC! I wish I could say my first car was as cool as yours, but alas, a 1989 Yugo doesn't quite make the grade...LOL. Still-alot of great memories!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hey Scott, I think that's the same year model Monte Carlo my boyfriend's best friend had around the time I had my 68 Impala. We used to ride around in it a lot too. I remember jamming to KC & the Sunshine Band's "Boogie Shoes" from the "Saturday Night Live" soundtrack on his 8 track player in that car. Oh the memories.

      Thanks Alekhouse. It was eerie watching that car on video. It sure took me back.

      Thanks RNMSN....I didn't feel all that lucky back then since the car was not as attractive as many of the 70s models out at the time. However, it sure got us around. I think Scott should get another Monte Carlo too.

      Thanks Neysajasper...good luck finding one.

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      neysajasper 8 years ago

      Hey, that's beautiful..I liked the car.. may will get some day 8-> nice hub..

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      wow KCC you were one lucky girl!! wonderful hub :)

      Scott, you should get an old one and redo it/any self respecting jarhead would know how or know some who knew how to help you :) my ole man is ex seal and our son is a jarhead...if I get them to help can I drive it a bit? gotta be standard transmission/that's a MUST :)great/my dreams have just been dashed the ole man snickered and said, "boo, we'd have to use 2 phone books just so you could see over the steering wheel!" geez!!!!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Fun hub...enjoyed it. That video with the exhaust trail was hilarious.

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      Scott.Life 8 years ago

      I will never forget my 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo. It was the first car I bought straight out of high school, and Marine Boot Camp. It was black with the bench seat and I loved it. The previous owner had just restored it and the Big Block V8 probably got 10 miles to a gallon, but this was when gas was 99 cent a gallon for premium. I should never have sold that car.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Travelespresso. The benchseat was like having a twinbed to sit on, wasn't it? LOL I'm glad you remember the car.

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      travelespresso 8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Those are wonderful memories. To my surprise it reminded me of my youth also. My girlfriends boyfriend had one and we three would cruise around in it. You reminded me of how big the bench seat was. It was such fun. Great hub.