46-Year-Old Time Capsule: Discovering the Impeccable 1967 Chevrolet SS 427 Kept in a Ziploc Bag

Have you ever been bombarded with "time capsule" and "barn find" labels applied to every old vehicle that's still standing? It can be frustrating to sift through the junk to find a genuine gem. But fear not, because this 1967 Chevrolet SS 427 is the epitome of a true "time capsule," and we guarantee it's worth your attention.

Did you get a good look at the images in the photo gallery above? This old Chevy looks fantastic, right? It's like one of those classics that went through a rotisserie restoration and it's on its way to scoring six figures on the auction block, isn't it?

It may be shocking to read, but this SS 427 is an unrestored survivor. No touch-ups, no engine rebuild, no reupholstered seats. It's just like it left the assembly line back in 1967. If you feel like shouting "how is this even possible?", go ahead and do it. It's exactly what I did when I saw the car.

And you probably know the answer, because it's not the only classic car that's been babied for decades. But here's where it gets different: the original owner reportedly kept the Chevy in their garage in a big Ziploc bag most of the time. All the way until 2013.

Yup, that's a whopping 46 years in what was pretty much a bubble that kept it safe from everything but air. Or at least that is what the current owner, Keith Adelsberg, claims.

In 2021, Keith acquired a remarkable car with a mere 17,000 miles (27,359 km) on the odometer. While there's no official registry to consult, this SS 427 could very well be the lowest-mileage specimen in existence. What's more, its breathtakingly pristine condition sets it apart as a likely unrivaled, unrestored gem. But there's more to this Chevy than meets the eye.

At first glance, one might mistake it for a 1967 Impala, but this two-door hardtop has a secret: it's void of any "Impala" badges, making it an ultra-rare, stealthy beast housing a monstrous V8 engine. As Impala SS sales dwindled in the mid-1960s, Chevrolet sought to reinvigorate the market with option code Z24. This package boasted a 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) L36 V8 engine with 385 horsepower and a robust suspension system.

Furthermore, the Z24 option provided a distinctive visual appeal, replacing "Impala SS" insignias with "SS 427" emblems and adorning the front fenders with exclusive crossed-flag logos. This enigmatic Chevy truly stands out as a remarkable find in the automotive world.

Adding an extra touch of flair to this already exceptional SS 427 is its distinctive hood, complete with a raised center section and a faux three-piece chrome-plated intake. Legend has it that the hood was initially intended for a Corvette's 427 Tri-Power V8 to be incorporated into the Impala. While that plan never came to fruition, the hood found its home on the SS 427.

This extraordinary two-door model continued in production until 1969, outlasting the Impala SS by a single model year. It even received an upgraded 425-horsepower version of the 427 V8 before ceasing production. The 1967 edition, with a still-impressive 385 horsepower, was produced in a limited run of just 2,124 units. To put that into perspective, Chevrolet sold 76,055 Impala SS models the same year.

This stunning survivor dazzles with its Tahoe Turquoise exterior and pristine white interior. Inside, it boasts a rare feature: a special-order bench seat, requested by the original owner in lieu of the standard bucket seats and console configuration. 

This unique combination of seat and color scheme potentially renders this SS 427 a one-of-a-kind treasure. But even without that distinction, the fact that this 56-year-old Chevy maintains its flawless, brand-new appearance without any restoration efforts is a testament to its extraordinary character.

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