1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Hardtop
Chassis no. 01737L180264
After two years of radical changes in design, the 1960 Chevys returned as a slimmed down version of the baroque '59s. The rounded look was gone, the grille was plain and rather elegant, the batwing fins were squared off and the cat's eye taillights replaced by smaller lights, against a bright metal panel. Along the rear fenders was a rocket-shaped flash, meant to imply a vapor trail, and set off in a contrasting color on Impalas.
Model year sales fell slightly to 1,393,833, of which 250,000 were Corvairs, which was somewhat disappointing to the corporation. However full-size cars were still strong and 204,467 2-door hardtops like this one were sold in the Impala and Bel Air series.
This car joined the Lewis collection from George Peck in Vancouver Washington, in 2010 and it's covered a mere 38 miles since a frame-off restoration. Extremely well finished as a mild custom, in glistening black paint, the bodywork is laser straight with accurate panel fit. The car is powered by the 250-horsepower, 348 cubic-inch V8, with tri-power carburetion and a 4-speed transmission. The engine compartment is clean and impressively shiny. The car is fitted with power steering, power disc brakes and it has been lowered. It rides on American mag wheels and radial tires and has dual exhausts.
The interior is finished in the correct black vinyl with black-and-white hounds tooth cloth and has power seats. Visually, the 1960 models seem to be wearing better than the '59s and this is an excellent example.