This 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubble Top is running strong and is absolutely chock full of early '60s style. It proudly wears its original colors both inside and out, and with its distinctive, seldom-seen styling combining with a very solid condition front to back, its collectability factor is undeniable as it stands by to offer its next lucky owner an outstanding vintage driving experience.
The exterior color scheme combines Jewel Blue with an Ermine White roof and angular side accents, and its thoroughly era-appropriate look is no accident since it's the very same combo it began life with so many years ago. It still looks strong and offers a nice shine; get up close and you still won't find any major dings or scratches. Chevy opted for a trimmer, sportier look for its third generation of Impalas, of which this '61 is a member, and when you take a lap around the car, you'll likely be taken by its overall magnetism - with its collection of contours and long expanses of chrome trim, it's just a flat out appealing classic. Its signature “bubble top” style, most impactful when viewed from the side, features a front windshield with dramatic curvature at both ends, as well as pillars that curve backward as they meet up with the cabin. The bumpers both fore and aft have a nice shine to them and sit table level, and this Chevy's array of trim is securely in place and shows no pitting or rust.
The two-tone blue interior mixes cloth and vinyl to great effect and, like the exterior, still features its original color combination to go along with its stock configuration. The front and back bench seats are amply-padded and they're just as comfortable as they look. They show only minor wear and a little bit of surface detailing will have them looking their best. Below, the expanse of blue carpeting running underneath sports a pair of Impala-branded floor mats. The original column shifter has been replaced with “four on the floor” to provide a more modern driving experience, and an aggressive looking manual shifter now sits within easy reach, beckoning you to grab ahold and get this classic out on the road. The generously proportioned original steering wheel has the look of a veritable museum piece, while the dash area just beyond it is in solid shape, sporting easily readable factory gauges in its instrument cluster and some clean chrome accents that contrast nicely with the blue steel that surrounds them. The spacious trunk area is in good order, with a full-size factory spare properly located on its interior shelf, leaving plenty of luggage space.
Despite its more than 55 years of service, this Impala is a very solid driver that stands ready, willing and able to provide new chapters of adventures on the road just as soon as you get it home. It's no mere survivor, but more accurately a “thriver”. With a turn of the key the 283 cubic inch V8 sitting at its center starts right up and runs with all the smoothness you could want, and the 4-speed manual transmission sitting just behind it shifts with impressive precision to provide a very pleasant driving experience that's amplified by both power steering and power brakes that are working just as intended. This vintage Chevy sits on a set of 14” stock Chevy rims nicely painted to match the exterior of the car and outfitted with Coker Classic whitewall tires.
If you're looking for a bona fide vintage driving experience behind the wheel of a true classic, you have to check out this 1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubble Top. Call today!