1960 IMPALA "BUBBLE TOP" - RESTORED CA. CAR - 348c.i / 4-SPEED, ROMAN RED & MORE
Price: - Item location: Pleasanton, California, United States
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Impala
- SubModel: Impala
- Type: 2 Door Hardtop / Bubble Top
- Trim: 2 Door "Bubble Top"
- Year: 1960
- Mileage: 79,797
- VIN: 01837S172068
- Color: Roman Red
- Engine size: 348c.i.
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: 4-Speed
- Drive type: Rear Wheel Drive
- Interior color: Red & Whit Houndstooth
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1960 Chevrolet Impala ImpalaWhen Cars Were Cars!! 1960 Chevrolet Impala 2 Door "Bubble Top"1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Sport Coupe "Bubble Top" in Ermine White/Roman Red Beautifully Cosmetic Restoration & Tasteful Mechanical Updates .Solid California Car Factory 348 cu. In Matching #'s / 4-speed Manual Transmission Posi-traction Rear End P/S Power Disc Brakes Serius XM Radio & More! __________________________ NOTE: Our listings are rather lengthy. They not only describe this particular car but also some history of the make/model considerations in buying a classic car and facts about our firm. However we continually hear from out-of-state / out-of- country buyers (many of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However if you are not prepared to read the full listing please scan the DETAILS below along with viewing the PHOTOGRAPHS at the bottom. If you'd prefer please call us at 925-846-1451 and we'll gladly discuss the Impala and answer any questions over the telephone including our "Buy it Now" policy. Yes the Impala can be purchased prior to the end of the eBay auction. PHOTOGRAPHS PLEASE NOTE: EACH TIME WE LIST A VEHICLE ON EBAY WE RECEIVE COMMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS OF THE INTERIOR ENGINE UNDERCARRIAGE ETC. OF THE CAR. THERE ARE CLOSE TO 100 PHOTOS OF ALL AREAS OF THIS IMPALA BUT WHEN YOU REACH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE LAST PHOTO YOU WILL NEED TO SCROLL DOWN ON eBay TO VIEW THE REMAINING PHOTOS. IF YOU ARE STILL UNABLE TO SEE THEM PLEASE CALL US AT 925-846-1451 AND WE WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK. NOTE: IT IS A VIOLATION OF EBAY POLICY FOR US TO LIST THE URL ON THE EBAY LISTING. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS OF ANY PART OF THE IMPALA. ALL OF OUR PHOTOS ARE TAKEN IN NATURAL LIGHT AND WE DO NOT "PHOTO-SHOP" OR TOUCH-UP THE PHOTOS IN ANY WAY. INTRODUCTION This car is offered at a realistic price and unlike bidding on cars in an auction environment you will have the benefit of extensive information and history on the car prior to making a buying decision. Equally as important is the fact that Classic Cars Ltd. has been in business for 21+ years and enjoys an excellent national / international relationship with over 850 positive eBay feedback responses. Please keep in mind that we will gladly... 1. Answer any questions over the telephone and take the time to guide prospective customers through the buying process (925-846-1451). 2. Assist with locating a quality suitable transporter at very competitive prices. 3. Provide proof that we are licensed bonded (for the financial transaction) fully insured and operate from an established showroom environment. 4. Provide feedback from previous buyers and specific references for vehicle purchases in your area (we also ask that you view our detailed eBay feedback by clicking on the number to the right of the eBay user name) 5. Offer additional information including specific photographs or clarification of any part of our description of the vehicle Thank you again please let me know if I can be of assistance. Happy "eBaying"! Paul R. Wankle Pres. Classic Cars Ltd. Pleasanton CA 925-846-1451 DETAILS-THIS PARTICULAR 1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA Nostalgia is the word for this car which takes us back to the era when each model year had a separate distinct personality that could be readily identified. From 1956 through 1961 the Chevrolet body styling was quite different for each year as opposed to the pastel rounded jelly bean cars of today. This 1960 model Impala is even more unique as the last year for Chevrolet tail fins plus the "Bubble Top" styling. The trunk is big enough to sneak your friends into the drive-in movie. The car has been recently a restoration while maintaining a virtually stock / period appearance. The horizontal fins plus the white accent band on the rear fenders give it the illusion of flight. The car has been tastefully updated mechanically to improve the driving pleasure with a 4-speed manual transmission disc front brakes a Posi-traction rear end and an electronic ignition. It is sorted mechanically and ready to show cruise or take that long overdue trip on Route 66! THE NUMBERS The VIN located on the driver's door post is 01837S172168 decoded as follows: - 0=1960 model year - 18=Impala 1850 series V8 - 37=2 Door hardtop or sport coupe ("bubble top") - S=St. Louis assembly plant - 172168=Production sequence (began at 100001) The trim tag located on the cowl contains information decoded as follows: - Style 60-1837=1960 2-door hardtop sport coupe Impala - Body SL 10915=St. Louis assembly plant - Trim 873=red/white cloth and vinyl interior - Paint 923A=Roman Red - Acc C-EZ1; C=padded dash (no longer present) EZ1=tinted glass ENGINE NUMBERS - Casting #: 3755011 GM2 = 1958 - 1961 Chevrolet 348c.i. - Date Code: A 21 60 - A = January - 21 = 21st Day - 60 = 1960 Note: Engine codes to a correct 348 cubic inch correct V8 The car bears current California license plates expiring in December 2015 (for California buyers). The Chevy has a clear California title and the odometer currently reads 79850 miles. It must be termed "total mileage unknown" since records are not available to confirm this figure. RECENT MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS An extensive file of receipts right up to May 2115 is provided with the car much of it for parts only since the owner performed much of the labor himself. Major items in this file are: - May 2115-new brake proportioning valve bleed system - April 2115-front end alignment - January 2115-new American Racing wheels - June 2114-new paint - New front disc brakes - New power brake booster and dual master cylinder - New brake lines - Drop spindles - New tie rod ends - New shock absorbers - New window regulators; new door glass - New sill plates - New floor mats - New trunk liner - New vintage locking gas cap MECHANICAL - 348 cu. in./250 hp V8 matching numbers engine - Alternator - Pro Comp electronic ignition - New dual master cylinder - Power brakes; front discs/rear drums - Power steering - Muncie 4-speed manual transmission w/ Hurst floor shifter - Posi-traction rear end - Dual exhaust system w/ pleasing note - New 5-spoke 15" American Racing wheels - Grand Prix Performance GT tires; P215/70R15 front and P235/70R15 rear all with 7/32" remaining tread - Drop spindles EXTERIOR - Fresh (June 2114) Ermine White over Roman Red two tone paint - All proper factory badging in place - Nicely polished dent-free stainless trim - Excellent front and rear bumpers and grille - Chrome dual exhaust tips - Proper factory radio antenna on right rear quarter - All glass is good; slight scratching of rear window and small (non propagating) chip at lower left edge of windshield INTERIOR - Excellent red/white/houndstooth patterned insert seats - Shiny dent-free stainless trim around front seats - Red seat belts (front only) - Excellent white headliner and white sun visors - Excellent red w/ black fleck carpet - New Chevrolet logo floor mats to match carpet - New Fisher Body sill plates - Excellent red door panels w/ white houndstooth inserts - New door and trunk lid weatherstrip; new hood lacing - All four side windows plus the two wind wings crank nicely - Tilt steering column - Hurst floor shifter - Stock gauges - Modern vintage style dash radio w/ Chevrolet logo - Under-dash Sirius radio (not currently under contract) - Enormous trunk - New proper houndstooth pattern trunk floor mat and cardboard side pieces - Incredibly solid trunk and passenger / driver side floors - Full-sized spare tire w/ proper jack and handle - Jacking instruction sticker under trunk lid - Nicely detailed engine compartment - Both doors the hood and the trunk lid open and close smartly COSMETIC CONDITION The paint which was applied just a year ago shows beautifully. The Roman Red matches the original paint code on the trim tag. The body is very straight with very good panel fit fro a vehicle of this type and vintage. There are no signs of visible rust. The wheels are near new. All stainless trim badging and chrome is excellent. The interior is similarly excellent and done true to the original. The engine compartment is highly detailed and the chassis / underside show no signs of damage or rust through. The trunk appears as new. As a confirmation of the car's condition it has won a trophy in each of the first two California car shows entered since restoration. OTHER - Clear California title with current California registration - California smog test not required for vehicles 1975 and older - Passed the California required safety inspection for working wipers turn signals lights brakes etc. - Large file of receipts SPECIFICATIONS OF THE 1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA - Wheel base 119" - Length 211" - Width 80" - Height 54" - Ground clearance 7.8" - Curb weight 3838 lb. - Fuel capacity 24 gal. HISTORY OF THE CHEVROLET IMPALA The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size automobile built by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for model years 1958 to 1985 1994 to 1996 and 2100 to date. Deriving its name from the South African antelope Chevrolet's most expensive passenger model through 1965 became the best-selling automobile in the United States competing against the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Plymouth Fury when full-size models dominated the domestic market. For its 1958 debut (the first generation Impala) the Impala was distinguished from lesser models by its symmetrical triple taillights. The 1959 and 1960 models comprised the second generation of Impalas and were an extensive rework of the previous model. Tailfins protruded outward rather than upward and the bodies were both wider and lower than the previous model. The 1960 models created a more conservative look than was seen on the 1959 models and were simply toned down ever so slightly. Stylists and marketers realized that the fin-and-chrome fashion had about run its course and decided to shift direction creating a more conservative facelift. The effect was helped by reinstating three modestly sized round taillights on each side of the top-of-the-line Impala. At the front the nostril air intakes above the headlights were deleted completely. More abundantly chromed than Bel Airs or Biscaynes Impalas found buyers more easily with more than 490000 built. Impalas displayed nonfunctional air intake scoops plus a white band running along the rear fender. Four body styles were offered with either a 283 cu. in. small block or a 348 cu. in. big block V8 engine. Assembly was in South Gate California. PURCHASING A COLLECTOR VEHICLE - THINGS TO CONSIDER As always we recommend that you carefully review the seller's background for any collector car being sold over the Internet. It is important to ask yourself a number of questions including but not limited to: - How long have they been in business? - How much experience do they have with collector cars? - How many positive collector car vehicle sales have they completed (positive eBay feedback)? - How detailed/complete is the description of the vehicle? - Do the photos show details of the interior exterior top chrome etc. or are they simply "glamour shots" taken from a distance? - Does the seller have a Surety Bond to protect the financial transaction? - What about insurance licensing by the state and a local business license? - Does the seller (if a business) have any DMV (Motor Vehicle) complaints and/or other history of legal action grievances? - Does the seller enjoy a favorable local and national/international reputation? - Can the seller assist with funding sources transport and out of state/country sales? ABOUT CLASSIC CARS LTD. - Classic Cars Ltd. has been in the same small California town for over 21 years. We operate a small "brick & mortar" indoor showroom and specialize in the sale consignment and purchase of sports high performance and specialty vehicles of all types. We have a particular interest in sports cars and unique vehicles. - The majority of our vehicles come from local private owners and collectors and many were sold new in California. We appreciate that rust free cars with excellent documentation and history are especially attractive to our buyers both locally and around the country. As a result we do not purchase our collectible cars from "distressed" sales such as wholesale auctions salvage sales or lien sales. We do not sell vehicles with salvage titles or those that have a history of significant accident damage or repair. We have sold hundreds of unique classic and collectible vehicles and regularly deal with buyers that have not had the experience of purchasing a large (both physically and monetarily) item on eBay or through an Internet source. Our eBay feedback is 100% positive on all vehicle sales from customers around the globe and is a reflection of our commitment to accurate complete and thorough vehicle descriptions. - We have been shipping vehicles for years and have established excellent contacts that are not only high quality but very price competitive. We do not use brokers terminal shipping or other discount methods. Call us or email for a quote directly to your home or office. We are often able to obtain quality enclosed transportation (the kind of travel this car deserves) for the cost of open shipping. - Please review our feedback on eBay (user name Never22Many) representing over 850 positive transactions to buyers all over the United States / World. - We are fully insured bonded and licensed for collector car sales all over the United States/World. - Classic Cars Ltd. carries a $50000 Surety bond to cover financial transactions - We frequently sell vehicles to out of State / out of country buyers and will be glad to provide references for buyers in your area. MISCELLANEOUS GENERAL INFORMATION - As with virtually all collector/specialty vehicles we find that parts and resources are readily available for this (and most every vehicle) thanks in large part to the Internet. - In addition to the purchase price of the vehicle California buyers will be subject to sales tax a documentation fee DMV transfer fees and license/registration. Out-of-state buyers will be responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle and any local taxes/fees will be the purchaser's responsibility to pay in their respective state. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the vehicle is delivered or driven in California and driven on California roads sales-tax license/registration and transfer fees will be assessed per California law. - While we encourage telephone calls to discuss this vehicle in greater detail we will not respond to inquiries asking "What is the reserve". Also if you would prefer that we call you to answer any questions about the vehicle; shipping alternatives etc. please e-mail us with your telephone number and will gladly get back in touch with you. - We encourage inspections of this Impala by serious qualified individuals or professional inspectors. Please call at 925-846-1451 to arrange a convenient time. - As with any collectible vehicle of this vintage we are unable to provide a warranty or guarantee of condition. However we make every effort to accurately represent our vehicles and highlight both positive items as well as areas that require attention. We ask that prospective buyers consider our eBay history/feedback standing in the community length of time in business and other factors when purchasing a collectible vehicle from Classic Cars Ltd. - Minor cosmetic issues/flaws may be present on every vehicle (regardless of cost) including small chips nicks scratches etc. that can be seen on even the best restoration or even a relatively new used "pre-owned" vehicle. Also ownership of a collectible / specialty vehicle is more enjoyable if the owner is familiar with the "realities" of these unique cars. Unlike more modern day vehicles these cars require regular ongoing care/maintenance and some mechanical knowledge patience and understanding can make the experience considerably more pleasant. That said collector / "specialty" car owners will tell you (emphatically) that they love their cars and wouldn't trade them for anything!! - The information contained in this description is believed to be accurate but in some instances has been provided by the car's owner / owners or outside sources. As a result we are unable to guarantee the accuracy of the information. We encourage verification of "numbers" and significant data prior to the purchase of any collector vehicle that you are considering. Thank you Classic Cars Ltd. 925-846-1451 Specifications: Body Type / Style:Coupe Exterior Color:Roman Red / Ermine White Interior Color:Read & White Houndstooth Engine:8 Cylinder (Inline) Transmission: 4-Speed (Floor) Mileage:79797 Drive:Rear Doors:2 Equipment: American MagsDual ExhaustExceptional PaintExempt From Smog in CaliforniaFront Disc BrakesFunctional HornHardtopHeater / DefrosterHighly Detailed TrunkIn Dash "Bow Tie" RadioMatching Numbers EngineMuncie / Hurst ShifterNew Carpet New InteriorNew PaintOriginal Jack & ToolsPower BrakesPower SteeringPremium SoundPremium WheelsRepair HistoryRepair ReceiptsRuns / Drives Very WellSEE DESCRIPTION.....Seat Belts (Front)Tilt Wheel348c.i Matching # 4-Speed Bubble Top Slightly Lowered - Great Stance Codes to Original Colors Classic Look... FINS FINS FINS! Nice Panel Fit Original Glass Lovely Trim ProperColor Combination Fresh... Carpeted Mats Headliner VIN Door Tag Factory 348c.i V8 VERY Clean Power Brakes Beautiful Trunk Jack & Tools Included Solid Oriignal Floors New Front Suspension Components Front Disc Brakes Solid Original Floors Dual Exhaust Documentation for Restoration Terms & Conditions
- Buyers outside of California will be responsible for a $195.00 fee for processing/administration. The charge will apply if the vehicle is purchased through ebay or before or after the auction directly through Classic Cars Ltd.
- The vehicle is listed for sale elsewhere. We reserve the right to end the auction at anytime. We will be glad to discuss details of a "pre-auction" purchase (925) 846 1451.
- Inspections of vehicles are encouraged but (by appointment only) must be completed within 24 hours of the end of the auction.
- Out of state buyers are responsible for the high bid and any shipping costs. California buyers are subject to the appropriate sales tax DMV transfer and fees associated with the purchase of any used vehicle sale in the state of California.
- To avoid shipping the title with the car to our out of state buyers we mail the title via Priority Mail.
- While shipping and transportation costs (if appropriate) are the responsibility of the winning bidder we can assist with locating a suitable transporter. We regularly ship cars all over the USA/World and can often times locate very competitive rates for transporting vehicles door to door to a local terminal enclosed open etc. Please call us for specific information/rates to your location.
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