1961 CHEVY IMPALA
SS TRIM PACKAGE BUBBLETOP
FULL FRAME-OFF RESTORATION JUST 3 YEARS AND 2,000 MILES AGO ON A RUST-FREE SW CAR!
STUNNING ROMAN RED FINISH OVER FULLY REFRESHED RED & WHITE INTERIOR!
IMPECCABLY RESTORED TRIM, STAINLESS, CHROME, AND EMBLEMS!
COMPLETELY REBUILT 350ci ENGINE WITH DUAL QUADS, POLISHED ALUMINUM INTAKE, HEADERS, MSD IGNITION, AND PLENTY OF CHROME AND UPGRADES!
HEAVY-DUTY POWERGLIDE WITH 3.08 REAR LETS YOU CRUISE THE HIGHWAYS WITH EASE!
POWER STEERING, POWER DISC BRAKE, COMPLETE VINTAGE AIR SYSTEM, MODERN AM/FM/USB STEREO, AND CUSTOM CHROME PLATED BOYD CODDINGTON WHEELS WITH MODERN RADIALS MAKE IT A JOY TO DRIVE!
AN EXCEPTIONAL, QUALITY RESOTRATION WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF DETAIL, THIS STUNNING BUBBLE TOP IS READY TO SHOW, OR GO, WHEREVER YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE IT!
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THIS VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN DETAILED!!!
IT HAS BEEN WASHED, VACUUMED, AND WIPED DOWN WITH TURTLE WAX QUICK SHINE PRIOR TO BEING PHOTOGRAPHED.
IMAGINE HOW AMAZING IT WILL LOOK WHEN YOU TAKE THE TIME TO DETAIL AT HOME!
The iconic Bubbletop Impala is one of the most desirable body styles GM ever produced. When you add a full SS trim package to the mix, along with one of the nicest restoration/modernizations you have seen, the result is truly remarkable.
No expense was spared in creating one of the cleanest Impala SS show cars you will find, and from the paint to the interior, the car is ready for anything.
Please take a moment to read the detailed listing, look over the 100 extra-large detailed photos, and then call me to make it yours before someone else does it first!
THIS VEHICLE HAS A CLEAN AND CLEAR FLORIDA TITLE IN OUR POSSESSION, AND IS READY FOR SALE AND EXPORT WORLDWIDE.
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This one is going to be easy, because it is about as nice as gets, and is 100% drive ready with nothing to do but enjoy it.
About 5 years ago, this project began with a clean, dry, Southwest Impala. The car was born a V8 Bubbletop, and the date tag is intact and reads as follows:
STYLE 61-1837 BODY NW 9444
TRIM 873 PAINT 950 28
What I have been able to uncover from it is the following:
03C – BUILD DATE OF MARCH / 3RD WEEK
STYLE -1961 2DR HARDTOP SPORT COUPE IMPALA V8
BODY - SEQUENTIAL BODY NUMBER
TRIM – ORIGINAL INTERIOR TRIM RED & WHITE CLOTH AND VINYL
PAINT – TWO TONE WHITE AND BLACK
I CANNOT ASCERTAIN WHAT THE 28 IS, NOR THE ACC CODE OF
37-B, SO IF YOU HAPPEN TO KNOW, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
VIN DECODES AS FOLLOWS:
1 - 1961
18 – IMPALA V8
37 – 2 DR SPORT COUPE
N – NORWOOD PLANT
169225 – SEQ NUMBER
The car was completely disassembled, and everything on it was either restored, refurbished, replaced, or discarded to create the vehicle you see in the 100 photos below.
The body is all steel, and you take a 4” square felt-covered magnet over the entire painted surface like I did and not find ONE bondo panel, beer can or chicken wire patch, or any other backyard repair. This car is one of the few on eBay that actually really is LASER STRAIGHT, and shows it from every angle.
Hood, trunk, and door gaps are exceptional, and fit and finish of everything on the car is to the highest professional level.
The car was treated to a stunning, booth-sprayed finish in Roman Red, and except for a handful of minor little marks less than 4mm diameter that I can see on the entire cars exterior, it looks as good as the day it was sprayed!
Keep in mind, we have NOT detailed the car, so you are seeing it as it left the prior owners garage! Just imagine how amazing it will look when you take the time to clean it from front to back!!!
Glossy, slick, and wet, the paint has been hand waxed and cleaned since completion and shows NO swirl marks or issues of any kind.
Glass is all in excellent condition, with zero flaws, no discoloration, no fogging, and no laminate issues.
During the build, all new seals, weather stripping, moldings, and gaskets were used, and thanks to careful, climate-controlled storage since completion, all show like new.
All of the chrome and bright work shows like brand new, because it either IS brand new, or it was sent out to be professionally chromed before installation. The stainless trim on the car was either replaced or completely refurbished and polished to perfection. The only two pieces that show any light markings are the rear window top channels on each side. They may simply polish out when you get the car home to detail it, but me wiping them down with Quickshine spray didn’t make them show new like all the rest of it.
The SS Emblems, side trim inserts, and other emblems on the car were completely redone, and all of them show like new.
Door handles, mirrors, deck trim, tail lamp trim, hood trim and letters, and the grill are all in exceptional condition and were renewed or replaced during the build.
The car rolls on Boyd Coddington chrome wheels, which show very light patina in between the spokes which probably will detail out when you clean the car. There is no sign of curb damage, and they are super clean and show-ready as you can see in the photos.
They are wrapped in modern radial tires sized 225/45R17 up front and 235/55R17 in the back. There are no flat spots, prior repairs, or known issues with the tires.
Overall the outside of the car is a solid and real 9 out of 10. They don’t come much nicer, cleaner, and straighter than this car.
Crack open the doors and you see an interior that is just as nice as the outside!
Door panels, rear panels, and kick panels are all original, and were completely refurbished along with the corresponding trim before being installed.
While the car was apart, all new regulators and assorted hardware was installed, insuring that the windows roll up and down with ease.
Carpeting is NOS replacement, and still shows like new. It was installed over a layer of DynaMat for sound and heat proofing.
Seats were treated to NOS seat covers in the correct Red/White Cloth/Vinyl the car was born with, and it shows like new, down to the new seatbelts and buckles.
Parcel shelf was replaced with an NOS unit, and the headliner looks like it just came out of the factory!
Dash was completely redone in matching Roman Red, and looks amazing! All of the trim was refurbished, restored, or replaced, including the function center dash glove box, ashtray, gauge trim, and the SS Impala GRAB BAR.
Two new gauges were installed on each side of the non-functional clock to monitor fuel and temp, and they appear to be functioning, calibrated, and correct.
The speedometer is accurate to within 1mph of my GPS tester, which is a rarity in a classic car. I checked it at 15, 50, 70, and 85, and it was always within that 1mph range.
The Vintage Air slimline system is unobtrusively mounted under the dash, and uses the factory controls for a clean look. It has been R134A since new, and blows cold air when you need it, and vented air when you don’t!
There are no signs of damage in the interior, and no stains, odors, or any other issues either.
Like the outside of the car, the interior is a solid 9 out of 10, and is really about as good as it gets.
Pop open the hood, and you are met by a clean, show-ready engine bay!
The motor is a fully rebuilt 350CI V8 motor that was assembled with longevity, ease of maintenance, and long-hauling in mind.
It is painted in a matching red, and dressed with an Edelbrock polished aluminum intake topped by polished Edelbrock DUAL-QUAD carbs, and a chrome air cleaner that matches the chrome valve covers.
A chrome fuel pressure gauge gleams alongside the chrome alternator and brake boosters, while a polished A/C compressor aligns with the polished MARCH pulleys.
Headers, an assortment of other go-fast goodies, and the normal compliment of dress up items also reside under the hood, and the firewall and inner fenders are painted to match and finished to perfection as well.
Trim tag resides in the correct location, and everything is installed cleanly, neatly, professionally, and shows wonderfully to this day.
The engine starts easily, and has a FANTASTIC exhaust note from the custom made dual exhaust system with box mufflers and chrome tips. The burble is crisp and clean, and it has a mellow cruising note that never gets too loud unless you open that throttle wide!
It runs incredibly cool, thanks to the modern aluminum radiator, high-flow water pump, and massive fan system. Even with the AC on in our Florida heat, it won’t creep past 205, and spends most of its life hovering in that 190 range while cruising or in town.
Snick the fully refurbished HEAVY DUTY Powerglide into gear, and the car is ready to roll. Plenty of HP makes tire squealing an easy task, if you are into such things, but the real beauty of the powertrain is on the open road, where the car seems to find happiness at 70 mph and ALWAYS has a ton of power on tap to pass, merge, or just let loose.
Shifting is smooth and clean, with a mild shift kit and low rpm stall.
The car is equipped with a smoothed GM 10-bolt carrying 3.08 gears that was completely refurbished with new axle shafts, R&P, seals, and drum brake units before being treated to a black finish and installed in the original, cleaned and refinished frame.
All new shocks, mounts, bushings, bearings, seals, and lines were used, and a heavy-duty sway bar was installed as well.
Up front, brand new A-Arms with all corresponding hardware were installed, along with new shocks, springs, and slotted and cross-drilled front disc brakes.
Again, all new hardware, bushings, bearings, lines, and other goodies were used during the ground-up build, and still show incredibly well today.
The pans on the car are incredibly solid, straight, and clean, and are treated to chassis black finish with a dusting of Roman Red to appear like it was painted at the factory. It is dirty now from being driven, but it wouldn’t take much in the way of cleaning and wiping down to make this show-worthy at a major car event, but right now it is just exceptionally clean.
Gas tank, fuel lines, and assorted hardware were all new during the build, as was all of the hardware used in reassembling the car. You will be hard-pressed to find another restoration and build on an Impala that is this complete and clean.
Other than normal dirt and road grime from being driven, the chassis is amazingly clean, and shows as nicely as you would expect a recent, fully restored car would look.
The underside of the car is a solid 8 out of 10 right now, and is simply a clean and detail away from being more!
Overall, this build shows as a solid 9 overall, and will no-doubt be a 9.5 after you get it home and clean all the nooks and crannies from front to back when you detail it.
It surpasses 95% of the Impala that are available right now in its price range, and is truly one of the cleanest, well-executed examples of an Impala you will find.
I am quite sure that IF YOU COME HERE AND SEE IT, YOU WILL BUY IT.
IT HAS A CLEAN AND CLEAR TITLE.
MILEAGE IS SHOWING AS EXEMPT ON TITLE DUE TO MODEL YEAR
I think that about does it so far as information I can supply to you. As stated, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE a private viewing of the vehicle, or you can have an appraiser/inspector come see on your behalf PRIOR TO BIDDING.
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THIS VEHICLE IS AVAILABLE FOR RETAIL SALE AT OUR FORT MYERS, FL LOCATION, AND I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THE AUCTION AT ANY TIME SHOULD THE VEHICLE BE SOLD.
THE VEHICLE IS SOLD IN AS-IS / WHERE-IS CONDITION WITH FULL RIGHT TO INSPECT PRIOR TO BIDDING ON THE AUCTION.
THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, HONESTLY, AND OBJECTIVELY.
INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE LISTING IS CULLED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: VISUAL INSPECTION, PRIVATE PARTY INSPECTION, RECEIPTS OR RECORDS INCLUDED WITH THE VEHICLE, INORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE PRIOR OWNER, AND PERSONAL DRIVE TIME WITH THE VEHICLE. IF GEAR RATIOS, ENGINE INTERNAL SPECIFICS, TRANSMISSION INTERNAL SPECIFICS, AND ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT ARE NOT APPARENT IN THE PHOTOS SHOWN ARE LISTED, THAT IS BASED ON THE INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY PRIOR OWNER, ASWE DO NOT BREAK OPEN ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS, REAR ENDS, ETC., SO WE ARE SIMPLY OFFERING IT TO YOU IN THE SAME GOOD FAITH THAT IT WAS OFFERED TO US. WHEN IN DOUBT, COME HERE AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF, ORHIRE AN INSPECTION SERVICE.
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