1962 Chevrolet Impala
A fair amount of the classics that come through the doors here at Classic Auto Mall are of a caliber that is more show than actual go. These are all wonderful cars, however when you were a kid, did you dream of trailering your car to shows, turning the key only when the sun is shining, and only driving short distances if any for fear the odometer would turn an important milestone? Bet you did not, and there have been several consigners coming through our door that are unloading their classics for that very reason, they are tired of that routine.
If you want a great runner, you can hop in and drive it on any trip short or long, and if it rains, roll the windows up! This is the car for you, if you are a mid-century modern bow tie fan, and don't want the hassle of rummaging through endless junkyards for parts, or spending money on expensive repairs, the consigner has already done this for you. A beautifully restored Chevrolet Impala, with an updated 327ci Turbofire V8, Seafoam Green Interior which is pristine, and literally a 56 year old everyday driver, look no further.
Bathed in endless depth black, the steel straight evenly gapped panels are wave free, and fit like it just left the factory. All brightwork is beautiful, and correct badging is seen overall. There is even trim accenting the gas filler door…now that's 60's cool! The car sports an SS Logo on the rear quarter panel, however truth be told, it did not start its life as an SS, according to the VIN plate. Either way I had the pleasure of logging a few miles on this baby, and it is a great driver, with a nice kick. Curved front glass with a blue sun filtering coating at the top stretches across the back of the hood, and shows in very good condition. An underside view is presented with the same extremely clean, absolute rust free, solid undercarriage.
Seafoam Green vinyl with striped seats buttoned square panel stitched uppers, and plain bolsters cover the buckets in the front and bench in back. Door panels take on the horizontal version of this seat motif, and show a lettering of chrome door actuators, window cranks, and buttons all of which present in good condition. An inverted V design utilizes machined aluminum with small squares design, and sparkles with chromed knobs and an original AM radio. An aftermarket FM radio hangs from the base of the dash panel. The original Seafoam Green plastic clad over chrome emblazoned steering wheel fronts the quintessential Chevy styled speedo, and mileage clock. We can also note the trunk is clean enough and probably large enough to live in, and is wrapped with textured trunk paint, and early 60's motif carpet.
A 327ci 300hp Turbofire V8 replaces the original engine, and is draped with a dual intake chrome air cleaner, as well as chrome valve covers. It inhales through a 4-barrel carburetor, and exhales through a pristine exhaust system. In between sits a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, which shifts smoother than silk. The whole engine bay is showroom clean, and ready to have dinner served on it! Drum brakes all around and power steering make driving this icon effortless. The consignor drove this beauty 4 hours to Classic Auto Mall with no trouble whatsoever.
A careful and painstaking restoration by the consigner which has taken years to complete, is now here for the taking for another's pleasure. There is nothing more heart wrenching than losing the 2 loves of your life, however solace can be taken that this one will live on and continue to put smiles on faces for another generation, as the memories of the other can bring a smile to this wonderful consigner's face.