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Thunderbirds are go...

Leon Betts

It has been a long time coming, but our 1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau has finally arrived. Why is it that the most sort after cars are the last to arrive?

So for all those people who have expressed an interest in this car, it has now had a bath and is ready for your inspection. Although our mechanic hasn't completed his checks, the car seems to run and drive just fine. So we can probably also arrange a local test drive as well.

Cheers Leon

1966 Chevrolet Impala

Leon Betts

BLATANT SELF PROMOTION WARNING...I drove this 66 Chev Impala 2-door hardtop home today.

You may remember its restoration featured in one of my posts in early June. It is a great looking car and with its smooth 327 Chev small block and newly tuned suspension it is also a lot of fun to drive. But like most classic cars it also represents a pretty good investment. Why you ask! Well, I read an interesting snippet recently about some research by the RACQ (or maybe it was one of the equivalent organisations in another State) that went like this. On average, a new car loses 14% of its value for each of the first three years of ownership and an average of 8% over the next two years. So at the end of 5 years the average Camry, Falcon, Commodore, etc is worth around half of what you paid it! This beautifully restored Impala can be yours for under $35,000...how much do you think it will be worth in five years? If I were a betting man, I would have a guess at $35,000 or there about.

1966 Impala Restoration Progress

Leon Betts

The restoration of our 1966 Chev Impala Coupe is nearing completion. We did a little more work than first anticipated but it has been worth it as the car looks fantastic. The engine has been thoroughly checked, tuned and freshened up. The old radiator was a bit suspect so it has been replaced with a new aluminium one.
The biggest job carried out was a brand new white paint job which looks fantastic and the car is as straight as the day it left the factory. The original interior hasn't been touched as it was in perfect condition for its age when it arrived. The final touch was a new set of alloy rims and tyres and lowered suspension.
Once Roland finishes the last of the assembly Dave our detailer will do his magic before the car makes an appearance in our showroom next week. If you're in the market for a 'like new' classic at an affordable price, I suggest you drop in for a look later next week.
Regards,
Leon.

1966 Chevrolet Impala Restoration

Leon Betts

Never a dull moment at Ol' School Garage!
We have managed to find some time in our busy schedule to restore this 1966 Chev Impala we purchased in LA earlier in the year. The car only has 56,000 original miles on the clock so not surprisingly the matching numbers 327 small block runs like a Swiss watch and the original interior looks great. Therefore we have concentrated our efforts and resources on the exterior, most notably a new paint job in the original factory Ermine White. Expect to see this great looking car will be in our showroom in a couple of weeks ready for you to inspect.