017 – Pristine 1959 Chevrolet Impala, Beautifully Preserved with an Unexpected Performance Boost

๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 1958 ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ โ€“ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต-๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ-๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ.

The 1959 Impala was the first model sold as a separate series. Chevrolet kicked off the Impala effort in 1958 with Bel Air’s help but then promoted the new nameplate to a standalone nameplate only a year later.

1959 witnessed the introduction of a significant redesign, borrowing design cues from other GM cars. It was now available as a four-door hardtop and sedan and two-door coupe and convertible.

One of the 473,000 Impalas produced in 1959 is now looking for a new home, apparently after it had already received a second chance not long ago.

The photos don’t tell the full story, as despite looking like a full project, this 1959 Impala has already received a bunch of fixes. Including under the hood, that is, as the car now runs and drives.

As a big Impala fan, restomods aren’t necessarily my favorite cup of tea. I would rather prefer the Impala as original as it gets, so the 350 (5.7-liter) under the hood could make people like me walk away. On the other hand, if you don’t mind a well-done restomod, this Impala could be worth a look.

The 1959 model year was available with the same lazy six-cylinder developing 135 horsepower and with the base 283 (4.7-liter) Turbo-Fire producing 185 horsepower. A four-barrel version of the same engine increased the output to 230 horsepower. The icing on the cake was the 348 (5.7-liter) unit rated at 335 in the top Super Turbo-Thrust configuration.

The new engine under the hood of this Impala isn’t the only bad news, as the car also comes with the typical metal issues you’d normally expect on a car this old. However, it’s far from becoming a rust bucket, so bringing it back to the road shouldnโ€™t be too difficult.

It’s hard to tell how original the car continues to be today because the seller hasnโ€™t shared such information, but given the engine is no longer original, a full inspection on this front is certainly recommended.

The good news is that it runs and drives โ€“ don’t consider it roadworthy, though, so if you end up buying the car, make sure you also bring towing.

The selling price indicates the Impala is still complete, as otherwise, such a project should be much cheaper. The vehicle can be yours for $20,500. The bad news for American buyers is that the Impala is parked in Canada, so bringing it back home could end up increasing the price quite significantly.

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