1955 Chevrolet Impala 2 door sport coupe--$53,900.00
A True Midnight Beauty
Engine type—283 cid V-8
Transmission—2 speed Powerglide
Exterior color—Onyx black, Code 900
Interior colors—aqua, silver, and black
All whitewalls in good condition, plus one new whitewall spare
Custom floor mats with Impala logo match interior
All new and replaced parts
Work done prior to 2017
Rocker panels replaced with heavy new metal, welded in
New gas tank
Work done in 2017
Replaced coil springs
New front and rear shocks
All brakes replaced—new wheel cylinders, drums, and lines
Front end aligned
All gauges checked and in working order
Replaced horn assembly in column, horn works well
Transmission, engine and carburetor all work well. V-8 has a lot of spunk.
“Hagerty Price Guide “condition
Hagerty has four numerical values to rate classic cars, 1-4. 1 is the highest rating and denotes concours quality. By Hagerty’s definition, this car would rate a #2, Excellent. The paint, chrome, glass and interior all appear as excellent. It starts right up with no smoke nor unusual noise from engine compartment. It drives as a new car of its era would.
History of this Impala
One family owned this car for more than 40 years before I bought it in 2016. The man who owned and drove it was committed to its preservation. He kept everything on the car that was original and replaced only what was essential, such as the rocker panels and gas tank. He found and accumulated many hard to find spare parts, some of which are still in the trunk. About 15 years ago, he began a thorough effort to refurbish it with new and accurate paint, more painstaking work on the chrome (today almost mirror-like) and attention to interior details.
He sought out an autobody shop with a noted craftsman and artisan of the trade. They did complete the above work, but shortly after its completion, the gentleman died. His family put the car in storage and there it remained until 2016.
At that time, the family needed to sell the car and contacted the man who had done the prior work. He did not want to buy the car, but knew me, and of my interest in older and classic cars. The car and the craftsman are in Kansas and I am in Oklahoma. So, we agreed that I would buy the car and he would oversee all work we considered necessary. Our intent was to retain its originality and the beautiful work he had done years before, while making it mechanically sound and reliable.
We have now completed all the repairs we thought necessary and are now putting it on the market.
What sets this car apart from others is the many years of conscious preservation of the Impala’s originality and beauty. The former owner and I knew it was money well spent to get the best person we knew to do the work on the car. That work has been done with care and correctness. Consequently, this Impala looks and drives as it did in 1958, when it put Chevy back in the ballgame.