As the 1950s were wrapping up, the 1959 Impala was the perfect send off of the era.
Chevrolet never meant for the Impala to be anything other than a true driver’s car, but with beauty like this, it was obviously destined for the show and or collection as well. Starting out as a top of the line trim for Chevy’s ultimate driver’s car of the 1950s, the Impala moniker brought high end options to the Chevy Bel Air line. Plush interiors, a longer wheel-base, and an increased style were among the offerings over the lower priced cars in the Chevy lineup. By the next year, the Impala became its own separate model and the name no longer only represented the top of the line. This move opened the Impala up to more buyers and only made the model more popular. Examples like this 1959 Chevy Impala are some of the most sought after cars for classic Chevy collectors.
1959 is the year model that represented the second generation of the Chevy Impala. It was redesigned and shared body shells with some Oldsmobiles, Buicks, and Pontiacs. The new body style was a total hit. This example has a rare 283 fuel injected engine, backed by a T10 4-speed transmission that feeds into a positraction rearend. It’s also a magazine car, so you know it’s going to sweep the awards at car shows.
- Rare 1959 Rochester fuel injection system
- 283/290 HP solid lifter Ram Jet V-8 engine
- F522CJ block code
- T10 4-speed transmission
- Engine overhauled by Auto Power Machine, Oceanside, California to exacting factory specifications
- Fuel injection has been repaired, tested, and recalibrated by Chuck Smith, Valley Center, California
- Tuxedo Black with two tone Red interior
- AM radio
- Electric clock
- Correct 700-14 BF Goodrich Silverstone wide Whitewall tires
- Period correct earlier body-off rotisserie restoration
- Featured in 3 publications