LIMA — John Waller, of Lima, enjoys cars. He is a mechanic and owner of American Mall Auto Care on West Elm Street in Lima. Waller worked on this beautiful 1969 Chevy Impala for more than 20 years for a customer. He’s owned it for three years now.
Waller purchased the car from that customer and, at the time, didn’t know that the car had originally been his uncle’s car.
“I asked about the color, if it was factory. The customer explained that it wasn’t and explained what color the car had been,” said Waller.
The light bulb went off in Waller’s mind and he asked who the customer had purchased the car from. It turned out to be his uncle.
”I tried to buy the car in 1984, but I couldn’t afford it,” laughed Waller.
The body style of the 1969 Chevy Impala was made to look larger than the 1968, however, the wheelbase was still 119 inches. The bumpers were wrapped around and this helped in making the car appear larger than it was. The ‘69 Chevy Impala was one of the most popular full size model in the Chevrolet family.