It's amusing to think that when it was new, the fins on this 1960 Impala hardtop were considered conservative. Even though the tailfin era was winding down, the 1960 Chevrolets remain iconic machines, and none so much as the famous bubbletop hardtops. This one is downright gorgeous and is one of those rare cars that just get everything right.
The custom paint is called Currant Red, and there's no denying that it will snap some necks out in traffic. Deep and luxurious, it will prompt strangers to pull up next to you and find themselves unable to resist giving you a thumbs up or to ask what color it is. In addition to the striking bodywork, the finish shows incredible depth and a metallic sheen that almost seems iridescent in the sunlight. Of course, when you're going to attract attention, you need to do it for the right reasons, so they made sure the sheetmetal was ultra-straight and smooth, which only comes with hours and hours of tedious labor. And while Chevrolet designers were scaling back the flash, there's still a lot of chrome trim on this big cruiser, including the dramatic side spears that highlight the top-of-the-line Impala, and all of it is in excellent, show-worthy condition. If you want to get noticed, few cars will do it better than this one.
Chevrolet pretty much owns the black-and-white houndstooth upholstery look, despite the fabric being insanely popular throughout the '60s. Beautifully stitched into covers for the original bench seats, the interior looks at once sporty and upscale. Detailing is spectacular and there's as much art as function inside this bubbletop. Gorgeous door panels echo some of the exterior styling elements, including the white insert and trim that looks almost like a jet exhaust port, and it's simply beautiful against the deep burgundy paint. The dash keeps its stock look, with those trick gauges flanking a centrally-mounted speedo, and with a bright strip of trim along the lower edge, it definitely looks expensive. Subtly mounted A/C vents chill the interior, and this car is so impressively finished that even the original AM radio is functional. And if you have any doubts about the size of these big cruisers, check out the trunk which offers two full-size spares and enough room for a weeks' worth of luggage.
There were still a myriad of engine options in 1960, with the 283 cubic inch small block V8 being the one that works best today. Finished to largely stock specs, it wears its Chevy Orange paint with pride and doesn't hide under aftermarket chrome bits. Instead, there's a stock air cleaner, a 12-volt generator, and ram's horn exhaust manifolds to keep with a stock look. Upgrades include the A/C system, a dual-reservoir master cylinder, and front disc brakes, so the feel on the road is quite modern. It exhales through a stock-style single exhaust system that works with the Imp's luxury mission, and doesn't hide any of the very solid, clean floor pans. A TH350 3-speed automatic powers the stock rear end, so it drives like it's 1960 all over again. Big 17-inch billet wheels look aggressive and carry staggered performance radials.
This is simply a beautiful car. The fact that it also drives extremely well is just icing on the cake. Call today!
This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth, TX showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.