Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
When first introduced in 1958 as a sporty, high-level trim package for the Bel Air series, Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole described the Impala as a “prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen”. The Impala struck out on its own in 1959 and instantly assumed the position as America’s best-selling car. The Impala was restyled again for the 1961 model year and was based on the new GM “B-Body” platform. Another restyling for 1963 produced what many consider the most attractive version of the Impala, with crisp lines and a low, sporty stance.
Styling was one major reason for the Impala’s success, while the other reasons came under the bonnet. The light and powerful small-block overhead-valve V-8s weighed less than the six-cylinder alternative. The V-8s also had the torque to move the big machines with alacrity. Life became even more interesting with the availability of the potent 409 big-block engine, though the small-block was clearly the staple engine.
Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.
250 bhp, 327 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 119 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Simon Clay