I have picked up this 1959 Chevy Impala Convertible within the last year. If you have followed my blogs you will know that this car currently is undergoing a total frame off rotisserie restoration.
I found this car in the local newspaper. The ad read, “For sale, 1959 Impala convertible, black, nice.” Though I made NUMEROUS attempts to contact the guy who’s number was in the paper, I only was allowed to leave a voicemail. The suspense killed me, thinking someone had already bought this car. Finally a half hour later a guy calls and said he was returning my call from earlier about his 1959 Impala.
I began to ask the usual questions about these cars. Was there rust in the rockers, body mounts, around the headlights and floor pans, where these 1959 Impalas usually rust. Upon the answers to my questions, I couldn’t help but make the deal site unseen, which i NEVER do!
We went to pay and pick up the car. Lying in the Trees and shrubs, was this all original untouched, 1959 Chevy Impala convertible! A REAL BLACK car with gray interior and a white convertible top! Under the hood was this untouched 348 engine and options such as power brakes, power steering were all showing their original state. I was VERY EXCITED!
While we made the deal, I was told that this guys wife was the original owner and that she bought it from a Denver dealership and it was a demo car for that dealership. This was truely a one owner car and I could tell it must have been an early car due to all the date codes being Sept. 1958.
We pulled the car out of the weeds and shrubs, loaded on the trailer and took the car to its new home. This was the ultimate find of finds that I have been fortunate enough to accomplish. A true barn find, yes. I have numerous photos to document every part of the deal that day.
We now have decided to do a full blown restoration on this Impala. Since the start we have amassed numerous NOS parts that include, speed minder, front and rear valances, front fenders,Stainless mouldings, T3 headlights, and the ultimate NOS part, a real 1959 Impala Continental kit, never taken out of the box! These NOS parts are rare and of course EXPENSIVE!
I hope to have the car completed by early summer of 2013. Please stay tuned and enjoy all the posts about this over the top restoration on this rare 1959 Chevy Impala Convertible.