Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009
Not Sold at a High Bid of $39,000
The late 1950s were just a warm-up for the horsepower wars that launched in earnest as the 1960s began. At this time, the “Big Three” released a number of exciting full-size models that featured the latest styling features and accommodated a series of larger and more powerful V8 engines. The Chevrolet Impala was introduced in 1958, as a high-level, sporty trim package for the upscale Bel Air series, becoming both a separate model in 1959. That same year, the Impala was America’s best-selling car, and held that position for the next decade. In fact, the Impala went on to attract total sales in excess of 13 million units over its lifetime, more than any other full-size car in automotive history.
This example benefits from a complete professional restoration that was performed to very high standards. Finished in its factory-original colors of Ermine White over Twilight Turquoise, it is powered by a powerful 348 cu. in. “Tri-Power” V8 engine, mated with a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Well-optioned, it features power steering, power drum brakes, a dual exhaust system, a factory-equipped AM radio, and an under- dash tissue dispenser. Today, the Impala shows just 67,054 miles, and it includes a highly detailed and correct engine compartment and undercarriage. Best of all, the Impala comes complete with documentation including an original build sheet and sales invoice.