SHOW-STOPPER RESTORATION, RARE '59, 348 V8, 3-SPEED, PWR STEER/TOP/BRAKE/WINDOWS
Yes, this 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible really is as spectacular as it looks. Actually, it's even better than you think it is, and regardless of whether the wheels work for you or not, this is a car that absolutely demands attention. Under the skin, it's quite stock, complete with a 348 V8 and a rare manual transmission that makes it a delight to cruise.
You can paint a car with fins just about any color you want and it'll look good, but choosing an ideal '50s hue like code 936 Snowcrest White makes it truly sparkle. The '59 Impala earns all the attention it gets the hard way, by looking absolutely amazing, and getting it there was a job that required equally huge amounts of time and money. The dramatic bodywork is laser straight, the hood fits extremely well, and the gaps around the door are excellent, all indicative of high-quality work and good base stock. The '59 Chevys, including the Impala, were all-new and the look was one of the most dramatic changes in any GM showroom that year. From the rocket-inspired fender ornaments to the flattened fins to the highly stylized taillights, this car looks like sculpture on wheels. And every interesting curve and shape is highlighted by a piece of beautifully restored chrome trim which make the car look ornate and highly detailed.
The stylish red plaid seat covers make the interior look crisp and sharp and the rest of the passenger compartment was upholstered to match. Sure, it's way-out '50s funky, but isn't that the whole point of owning a car like this? Who wants plain upholstery on a car this dramatic? The seat covers are in excellent condition, the well-trimmed door panels are just beautiful, and correct carpets have just a bit of black mixed in for contrast. That jet-inspired steering wheel frames a set of beautiful gauges in their own pods, all flanking a big speedometer in the middle. You'll quickly note a clutch on the floor, because this car has a 3-speed column-shift transmission. Other goodies include power windows, a factory AM radio, and seat belts in the interest of safety. A black power convertible top closes up easily and stows under a matching red boot and the gargantuan trunk is finished with a correct mat and full-sized spare tire.
That's a correct 348 cubic inch V8 under the hood, easy to recognize due to its W-shaped valve covers. It was upgraded from a 4-barrel carburetor to the more desirable Tri-Power setup, a harmless upgrade that makes a big impact when you open the hood. It looks quite authentic, from the twin-snorkel air cleaner that was unique to the Tri-Power cars to Chevy Orange paint on the engine itself. There's a factory generator with integral power steering pump, as well as power brakes. The car's original 3-speed manual transmission still lives behind the engine and powers what appears to be the original rear end. This was a quality restoration but it was finished some years and miles ago, so the undercarriage is no longer detailed for show, but it is extremely clean. A new exhaust system gives it the right sound and it sits on factory wheels and hubcaps with correct-looking Goodyear bias-ply wide whites.
This absolutely stunning Impala gets everything right: the right look, the right powerplant, and the right stance. If you're going to drive a '50s car, you may as well make a statement doing it and this car nails it. Call today!
- Power Windows
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Power Convertible Top
- AM Radio
- Owner's Manual
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Power Drum
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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