1970’s SUV: 1971 Chevrolet Impala Kingswood Wagon

A friend of mine swears that a Suburban sized SUV is the only modern vehicle able to haul a sheet of plywood.  We debate and compare the merits of SUVs and wagons without any agreement or much resolution.  Today’s Kingswood wagon is the antithesis of a modern vehicle, but you bet it sure can swallow a sheet of plywood in the cargo hold.  This pictures heavy article shows (for better or worse) where family car design has gone in last forty years.  Find this 1971 Chevrolet Impala Kingswood Wagon for sale in Enfield, CT for $3,295 via craigslist.

Here are the details on this bruiser:

Here is a 1971 Chevy Impala Kingswood Station Wagon. This running and driving wagon has a 400 Ci 2 barrel V8 motor and Turbo 350 AT Trans with only 105k miles. Power brakes and power steering work good-newer master cylinder. . Manual crank windows. Non AC. Power tailgate and rear window work. The previous owner has repainted the body and roof with a sprayer-not too bad thou-I was going to wet sand and clear coat and just driver her that way. The body is in good shape with some rust on the doglegs behind the back doors and rear wheels and the pass front lower fender has some rust too. The lower inner drivers side door has some rust too. The floors and rear under deck area are solid too. The spare tire well is starting to rust-a couple small holes. When I bought the car it was missing a lot of the interior panels that I replaced-they are mismatched in color. The original tailgate was rotted so I replaced that too with a 74 tailgate-the tailgate needs to be adjusted a little better. The carb was rebuilt about 4 years ago. She runs and drives good-the previous owner didn’t drive it in the winter that’s why she still looks good for a New England Chevy. Comes with a Connecticut Q-1 Bill of sale. the front seat cover was sooo bad that I had to replace it with a universal cover-missing the headrests. rear seat and some of the interior replacement panels were from the 74 that I also got the tailgate. It would make a great survivor-driver or resto project. These clamshell wagon are getting strong in the old car market-heres the chance to grab a 71 which is the hardest to find because of the 1971 autoworkers strike..with a little tlc she could be a nice driver. Buyer to arrange transportation.

It is hard to believe that a 400 ci engine can look this tiny in the engine bay.

Bench seats as flat as Kansas are definitely not Nürburgring approved.  Ribbon speedo tops out at one hundo.

Home Depot or 84 Lumber run approved cargo capacity.

Crank windows, no AC, and vinyl seats make for toasty summer road trips.  Think bacon on a frying pan when wearing shorts in summer time on these seats.

It appears as though someone snuck in a picture of the hull of the Titanic!

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Cory is hoping his friend’s suitcase that was lost by the airline eventually shows up from his UK holiday trip as the shifter and shift rods from the swap kit were in there….