1959 Chevrolet Impala
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SUMMARY</p>3-owner mostly original survivor thats traveled only 28910 milesWinner of multiple national awardsFeatured in multiple publicationsOriginal 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust V8Original Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmissionCorrect Classic Cream paintCorrect Green interiorSale includes vintage dealer paperwork a complete owner history and recent service receiptsSale includes judging sheets multiple awards and all of the cars feature articlesFactory power steering / Factory power drum brakes<p>In an age where the typical collector swaps classic metal faster than Mister Rogers changes sweaters its hard to imagine finding a low-mileage 3-owner bombshell thats been documented all the way down to an autograph from the time it was borrowed by Richard Petty. But this exclusive national award-winning Chevy is just that and throughout 56 years of immaculate upkeep heavy servicing has been its sole alteration. If youre looking for a one-of-a-kind virtually unmolested collector car heres your chance to head the herd!</p><p>HISTORY/PRESERVATION</p><p>Introduced as Chevrolets first foray upmarket the Impala proved GMs volume car juggernaut had the strength to be all things to all people. It was the ride your upper class neighbors enjoyed and like the original Bel Air it wholly embodied the time of its creation. With that in mind this awesome second generation drop-top was immediately snatched up by its first owner in late 1958. That owner Foster Harris of Dayton Ohio purchased the car from Williamstown Kentuckys Piles Chevrolet as a gift for his wife. Unfortunately Mr. Harris wife was more interested in birds than antelopes and after 3K miles of use the Impala was traded on a brand new Thunderbird. Thats when the Chevys second and long-term owner Francis Mendenhall entered the picture.</p><p>Mr. Mendenhall and his wife fell in love with the car mainly using it as a grand Sunday cruiser that provided their family years of great memories. As those years passed the Mendenhalls daughter Joyce formed quite a bond with the low-mileage Chevy and would eventually use it to complete her driving test. When the time came for Joyce to head to college the Impala returned to its plaster garage where her dad promised to store and maintain it until further notice. After college Joyce married a future GM manager who was a hardcore Chevy fan and long-term Bel Air owner. And in 1984 Joyces father called to say: its time for you to pick up your Impala. Ecstatic she relocated the car to her new home and started hitting the national show circuit where as you might imagine the all-original 21K mile drop-top was a big hit.</p><p>In 2006 after roughly half a century in the same family Joyce and her husband finally passed the car to its third and present owner: a retired neighbor who also purchased their beloved Bel Air. That owner looking to keep things fresh commissioned a heavy engine servicing that included new seals new freeze plugs and fresh block paint. And today the car rolls as a fully documented national award winner thats seen only 28910 miles of road time in the hands of three dedicated owners.</p><p>ENGINE</p><p>Lift this Chevys long hood and youll find an original 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust V8 thats branded with a correct 3755011 casting number stated with a September (I) 19th (19) 1958 (58) casting date and detailed with a correct G suffix stamp. A staple of working-class luxury this sturdy 250 horsepower big block is one of the many reasons the Impala model enjoys fantastic name recognition. And absolutely every item from its thick coat of Chevy Orange paint to its unique bowtie-branded valve covers is functional reliable and ready to hit the cruise-in. At the top of the bright block a Satin Black single-snorkel air cleaner funnels wind in to a big Rochester carburetor. At the sides of the block clean exhaust manifolds allow oversquare cylinders ample breathing room by pushing spent gases through correct true-dual pipes. At the back of the
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