LMC is proud to offer for sale this 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
The flagship of the Chevrolet passenger model lineup took on the Impala nameplate in ’58. The name came from the African Antelope and was featured leaping over the crossed flags logo on Chevrolet's most expensive passenger models into the 1960’s. In the second model year, as was the pattern for the car makers during the 1950’s, the 1959 Chevrolet Impala was subjected to a complete exterior redesign. Advertising stated it was “Fresh, Fine, Fashionable!” Today, it’s interesting to consider how extremely different the Chevrolet design was as it evolved from ‘56 to ‘57 to ‘58 to this magnificent 1959 model. The Impala became a separate line featuring models ranging from Sedans to Sport Coupe and Convertible. Chevrolet's wheelbase was slightly longer than the comparable Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac line-up. Advertised as the “Slimline Design” using a new X-frame chassis, the roof line was three inches lower, bodies were two inches wider and curb weight increased slightly. Its tail fins protruded outward, rather than upward as was the tail fin styling craze of the day. The famous "teardrop" design taillights or better known as the Chevrolet ‘cats eyes’ were a styling icon then and still are today. In fact, unlike most cars, the pictures of a ’59 Chevy more often than not are taken from the rear view to capture the styling of the outward tail fins with those wonderful taillights. Engine availability ranged from the standard inline 6 cylinder to the base 283 V8, to options up to the 348 cu in V8 with 315 hp. The latter were reported to perform 0-60 mph around the 10.8 mark with top speed of 110mph. The interior features a contoured hooded instrument panel with deep-set gauges and included standard front/rear armrests, electric clock, dual sliding sun visors, and crank-operated front vent windows.
This absolutely stunning 1959 Impala Convertible was built at the St. Louis Assembly Plant and represents the top-of-the-line for Chevrolet. Originally shipped to California, this rust-free vehicle received a meticulous and complete rotisserie frame-off, nut-and-bolt, no-expense-spared restoration. The results were nothing short of magnificent and ultimately gratifying as this car attained top honors, judged as a “National First Prize Winner” at a AACA show in April of 2014. Properly cared for and stored ever since, the car is fresh as it has covered a mere 8 miles since being restored. The Code 923 Roman Red paint, as noted on the cowl tag, has a rich wonderful depth and the finish has a wet look as it flows to the body lines. The fitted white convertible top enhances the side view features of the long straight chrome spear and bright white wall tires with chrome spinner wheel discs. This Impala features the 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust V8 with triple two-barrel carburetors and original Powerglide 2-Speed Automatic Transmission with the rare option of power steering. All of the assembly plant production markings and tags are present and are correct throughout the engine bay and undercarriage. Every piece of chrome and stainless on the entire car has been triple chrome plated or polished to better than new condition with a great depth of shine. Lift the massive trunk lid, between the dual aerials to expose the the large detailed trunk, appearing as it did when it rolled off the factory line. The attention to detail continues inside the cabin which instantly conveys a sense of luxurious detail seemingly better than showroom quality condition. The Red Vinyl Bench Seats having cloth inserts feature an attractive red-white-grey stripe pattern along with bright bold chrome accented side frames. The beautiful bright and glossy red dash has deep set gauges with stylish patterned chrome accents which match the door panels to provide a very classic look.
The previous owner has passed along a binder containing all photos of the restoration process and a framed letter from AACA with the winning plaque.
Chevrolet advertising claimed “Chevy’s Got A Car That Leads Your Kind of Life” and if you’ve been searching for a 1959 Impala Convertible this example is arguably one of the best in the world.