BUBBLE TOP IMPALA, RELIABLE 350/TH350 COMBO, VINTAGE A/C, FRONT DISC BRAKES
For a lot of guys, the revised and slightly less outrageous 1960 Chevrolets are the best-looking cars around. Take this 1960 Impala hardtop for example: long, sleek, smooth, and powered by a traditional Chevy small block V8, it's got style and performance in equal measure. Throw in an unusual color combination and the right stance, and you have a car that hits all the right buttons.
Refinished in correct Horizon Blue and Ermine White (code 910), this pretty Impala shows off the dual nature of the cars of the period. Long, lean, and surprisingly luxurious, it was Chevy's top-of-the-line, yet for performance-minded people, it was also a threat on the street if you liked to go fast. The light blue paint probably helps keep it off the radar and good finish quality means that it shows well when you take it to the local cruise night. The tailfins and front end were toned down from the outrageous 1959s, but there's no arguing that the jet-inspired styling still draws stares. It shines up nicely with a correct period look that doesn't use metallics in the finish and overall panel fit is good, particularly the trunk which can be difficult to fit with those fins. And even in 1960, there was plenty of chrome and stainless trim, all of which is in good condition on this car. Experts will note that this is originally a small block V8 car, indicated by the V below the insignia, which would have been a set of crossed flags if it carried a 348.
The pretty tri-tone interior with houndstooth inserts was restored not too long ago and uses factory-style patterns and materials wherever possible. The door panels are intricate works of upholsterer's art and the wide bench seats make it easy to cruise in comfort. The carpet has the proper speckled pattern and the two-tone steering wheel is simply gorgeous. Factory instrumentation is basic, consisting of just speed and fuel level, but the four pods flanking the main speedometer give it a very racy look nonetheless and under-dash gauges were added to keep an eye on the vitals. Under-dash A/C was added and works as well as you'd expect and doesn't draw a lot of attention to itself at shows. There's an original Wonderbar radio in the dash, which was a noteworthy upgrade and the trunk is outfitted with a new mat and space-saver spare.
The 350 cubic inch V8 fits as easily as the original 283 and has a few other upgrades to make this car a lot more user-friendly. Chrome dress-up parts advertise the presence of an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold, and the electrical system has been upgraded with an alternator. Chevy Orange paint adds an air of authenticity to the engine bay, but it's really built to drive not show, which also explains the modern dual master cylinder for the power front disc brakes and the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission underneath. It starts easily and runs great, with a nice V8 burble from the glasspack-style exhaust system. It sits right and with those gorgeous Ridler wheels stuffing the wheel wells, the stance is certainly attention-grabbing.
Impalas like this are cars that do it all, and this one has all the right ingredients to make a first-rate cruiser that you can use regularly. Hard to do better than that. Call now!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Vinyl Interior
- Cloth Interior
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