Chevrolet Impala Convertible
In the late-1950s and early-1960s, Chevrolet ruled the full-size car market in the United States, which made the top-of-the line Impala the queen. The trim level of the fresh-looking Impala was far higher than that of the Biscayne and Bel Air, and if a convertible was desired, the Impala was the only one of the big Chevrolets to afford open air motoring. What’s more, six people could enjoy the experience without feeling crowded.
A straight-six was offered, but the base V-8 engine remained with the trusty 283, with a pair of 409 CID engines and several 327 options also available. Transmissions included manual three- and four-speeds, as well as the two-speed Powerglide automatic. Floor or column shift was available. Options were numerous, though even the most minimally-equipped example was usually fitted out with a cigarette lighter and radio.
The Chevy’s sturdy V-8 engine starts and runs well and sounds great through the dual exhaust system. On the road, the big Impala moves out nicely and turns and stops as well as it looks. An older restoration, it remains in excellent condition and has no apparent needs.
Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.
327 cu. in. V-8 engine, Powerglide automatic transmission with column shift, independent coil spring front suspension and live rear axle, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 119 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Simon Clay