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The 1959 Chevrolet was completely different and was a one year only design. The headlamps were so low at night you could detect it as a 1959 Chevrolet. The rear end had wings resembling a seagull and under the wings the taillights appeared to be cat eyes. The Impala had a production run of 65,800 units and weighed 3,659 pounds. The selling price was $3,451 and came with a 283 cubic-inch V-8 engine and Powerglide transmission.
Impala Series 1700 Six Cyl Hardtop Convertible
Named for a Southern African Antelope, the Impala was introduced in 1958 as a new upmarket, sporty trim package created for Bel Air coupes and convertibles. The Impala became a separate model in 1959 in both two and four-door versions and became the best-selling car in the Chevrolet lineup. For 1960, it became the best-selling automobile in the United States and held that position for the next decade. From 1958 until 1966, Impala sales were in excess of 13 million units, more than any other full-size car in the history of the automobile. In 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the United States, which has never been bettered. The unique rear fins and a 'Continental Tire Kit' typified the era.
Impala Series 1700 Six Cyl Hardtop Sport Sedan
The 1959 Chevrolets were even longer, lower and wider than before, and a radical departure from the more conventionally proportioned cars from 1958. Their most distinguishing styling feature was the 'laid over' tailfins forming 'brows' over the 'cat's eye' taillight. Coupes like this one, display a crisp-lined hardtop highlighted by a wrap-over back window that allowed an almost unlimited rear view.
Impala Series 1800 V8 Convertible
Chassis Num: F59L180143
Sold for $88,000 at 2012 RM Auctions.
The new small-block V8 was introduced for 1955 and helped Chevrolet become a sales leader and also the performance leader in the low-priced field. Upgrades followed in 1956 and 1957 including fuel injection and achieving the one-bhp-per-cubic-inch for its 283 cubic-inch engine. In 1958, the line was completely redesigned with the flagship being the new Impala subseries in the Bel Air line, appearing in two body styles only, a convertible and 'Sport Coupe' two-door hardtop.

The Impala was given new uniquely-contoured rear fenders and extra taillights. Under the bonnet was a new engine designed for truck use, joining the small-block V8. It had a displacement size of 348 cubic-inches an available in several stages of tune, producing 250 to 315 BHP.

For 1959, all General Motors cars were redesigned in reaction to Chrysler Corporation's finned 1957s. Chevrolet was given gull-wing rear fender adornment and long horizontal 'eyebrows' in the leading edge of the hood. At the top of the series was the 'Impala' and available as a four-door sedan, two- and four-door hardtops, a convertible and a four-door Nomad station wagon.

This Impala Convertible is finished in Crown Sapphire, with a light and medium turquoise vinyl interior. The car has had only three owners from new and was given a full rotisserie restoration in 1995. The top and upholstery were redone in 2010.

Power is from a 348 cubic-inch Super Turbo-Thrust engine breathing through two-barrel carburetion and offering 280 horsepower. It has a Powerglide transmission and Positraction. It is equipped with dual exhausts, power brakes and power steering. It has a Wonderbar signal-seeking radio with dual antennas, spinner hubcaps, windshield washers and E-Z Eye tinted glass. Other accessories include a tissue dispenser and a Cadillac-inspired grille guard.

In 2012, this vehicle was offered for sale at RM Auction's sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $75,000-$100,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $88,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Impala Series 1800 V8 Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: F59L151129
High bid of $100,000 at 2013 Mecum. (did not sell)
The swept-wing rear sculpting and 'cat's eyes' tail lights are classic styling cues that set the 1959 apart from every other car of the era. This Impala 2-door hardtop has a very rare factory option - it is known to be one of only 19 equipped with the Rochester Ram Jet Fuel Injection 283/290 HP small block V8 backed by a floor-shifted Borg Warner T-10 4-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear end. It is finished in Tuxedo Black paint, has black painted steel wheels, dog dish center caps and correct 700-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires. It has a two-tone Red interior. There is an AM radio, heater, in-dash electric clock and a column-mounted Sun Super Tach to monitor the solid-lifter 283's RPMs.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2013
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