There is a growing interest in the collector car world towards unrestored, original paint cars. Although many still prefer the fully polished base/clear paint with detailed components and undercarriage of a frame off restored car, many of the purists are attracted to the original, un-restored cars which are true examples of how the cars were built, how well they were cared for since new and of course the undeniable authenticity of an original car. They are the last true representations of how that particular automobile was built on the assembly line and not the interpretation of how the restorer believes they were all constructed. A truly great original car is also the best evidence of the gentle, well cared for existence that car has enjoyed since new.
This incredible 1960 Chevrolet Impala is a great example of how well a car can survive after 55 years of meticulous care. The factory applied Shadow Gray paint remains in incredible condition from front to back showing minimal signs of aging and use and still wears the dealership sticker from L.R. Cooke Chevrolet in Lexington Kentucky. The same can be said for the well maintained red and white houndstooth interior. Powered by the 348 c.i. 4 Barrel engine with an automatic transmission and very nicely optioned with factory Air Conditioning, Continental kit, fender skirts, E-Z Eye Tinted glass, front and rear bumper guards, dual rear deck antennas, wide whitewall tires, AM radio and power steering. The signs of preservation can be found throughout this car, from the quality of the chrome and trim to the original oil change tags still attached to the door, this is a time capsule car. Finding such a well preserved car is a rare chance and finding one which is a desirable model such as a two door hardtop 1960 Impala with factory 348 power and factory A/C is a truly unique opportunity not to be missed.
Over the past several years, "Hagerty's Cars That Matter" has observed unrestored cars sell for prices that would have astonished in the recent past. Preservation Classes are being added to concours nationwide to showcase well preserved and mostly unrestored, un-refinished, and unaltered cars. The old car hobby is headed in the direction of the fine art, decorative arts, and antique furniture markets, where a premium is placed on originality.