For Sale / 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible
This is a Los Angeles-built 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. Last year I bought a restored '60 Impala convertible and have decided to sell this one. This car is definitely in the higher-end of the restorable '60 Impala convertible spectrum. I haven't seen a restorable '60 convertible this nice in many years. Most of what you'll find today requires extensive metalwork. It needs metal work, mostly in the rear wheel wells and quarters, which is common to these cars. It's had some amateur metalwork done on the quarters which should be redone correctly. I have many photos to share and will send additional photos of any part of the car as requested.
Bought this car in southwest Idaho in early 2005, the previous owner had for many years in the Boise area and started restoring in the early 2000s. He had it painted it in Dodge Viper red and installed the custom interior. Has been garaged continuously by both the previous owner and myself. The car definitely deserves a correct high-end restoration and, in my opinion, the correct original interior.
The car had been serviced and was running & driving when bought but it's been stored waiting a more comprehensive restoration since. It hasn't been driven since 2005 and will need a full frame-off restoration of the body and mechanicals. I haven't driven or otherwise started it since then. Given that I expect the new owner to launch into a rotisserie restoration I'm not planning on going through the engine and brakes before the sale. The tires shown are good for shop-use only. Please let the photographs serve as a description of the car, what conveys, and what parts are missing and will need to be sourced. The hydraulic power top system requires restoration and several new parts. The two hydraulic cylinders shown came with the car and I will only assume they are correct. I will answer relevant questions and provide additional photos as requested. I have sold a few 1960 Impalas recently and will try my best to work with your shipper. I would much prefer that you come and inspect the car in person. The photographs make this car look better than it is. Again, while it provides a great platform for a very nice 1960 Impala convertible it absolutely will require a thorough restoration. Study the photos carefully. While most of the body is in great shape as you can see there are a few areas that will require metalwork.
This Impala has the Recirculating Heater and 2-speed wiper w/washer. Has power steering equipment that appears factory-installed but the pump is missing. This car came sparsely equipped as the photos show which is somewhat unusual for a 1960 Impala convertible.
vin 01867L181514 decodes as:
1867 = Impala convertible, V8 engine
L = Los Angeles, CA final assembly
81,514th car built
cowl (body) tag decodes as
04C = built March 4, 1960
STYLE 60-1867 (1960 Impala convertible, v8)
BODY VN 3326 (VN = Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA; 3326 is a sequence number)
TRIM 853 = Turquoise (vinyl insert, convertible-only)
PAINT 936A = Ermine White
ACC F=tinted windshield
The engine stamping "F0623D" decodes as:
F = Flint, MI
0623 = June 23
D = 170/185-hp Economy Turbo-Fire V8 (283) with Powerglide automatic transmission (185-hp for '58-'59; 170-hp for '60-'62)
The engine casting number "3756519" decodes as a 58-62 283 2-bolt block. I found a partial date casting of "F15" (June 15) which correlates with the engine build date and confirms that, while this is a correct 1960 Chevrolet engine, it couldn't be the car's original engine. Likely a moot point in that I would expect the new owner to retrofit a 348 engine in its place.
So this convertible was originally white with a turquoise interior, built and enjoyed (at least in it's earliest life) in southern California.
I will provide further details to those interested. I am a retired USAF mechanical engineer and physicist. I own an engineering business and stay busy so please be patient as you wait for a reply to your questions. Thank you.