Chevrolet Impala Convertible
When the 1961 Chevrolets were introduced, Harley Earl’s “longer, lower, and wider” mantra had been abandoned. The bodies were smaller and the fins were gone, but under the smaller package lay the same potent components. The independent front suspension and live rear axle remained, and so too did a choice of six- and eight-cylinder engines. For 1961, the 283-, 348-, and 409-cubic inch V-8s were offered. Those V-8s were incredibly popular because they were smooth and powerful and just about bulletproof. They were also the key to Chevrolet’s position as the market leader in North America.
Once again, the Impala was Chevy’s top range offering. Like all Impalas, the convertible was distinguished by three taillights per side, and it held an important place in the line-up.
Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.
170 hp, 283 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, three-speed manual 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