1961 Chevrolet Impala

Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1961
Mileage 72377
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Chevrolet
Model Impala

Impala 1961

Title Status --
Exterior Color Roman Red
Interior Color Red


1961 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe

The term \"bubble top\" is defined as a plastic top to an automobile that is rounded in shape. It was coined due to cars of the early 1960 era having expansive rounded and curved front and rear glass, giving the visual that someone blew air into the interior and expanded the glass in an outward way. A bubble if you will!

Let\'s dial in 1961 on the way back machine and don our Wayfarers as we are going to arrive in the land of cool. A wonderful 1961 Chevrolet Impala just dripping with space age styling, wonderful paint, and a correct new interior. Garage kept as part of our consignor\'s collection and faithfully maintained with receipts spanning the past 18 years of ownership and a 348ci tri-power engine, lots of brightwork, swept back antenna, and bubble glass. I\'m pulling up to my butterfly winged roof mid century modern house, right in the carport with open block styling. Call me a baby boomerang!

Bleeding cool cat looks, and bathed in Roman Red, no expense was spared on the polishing of the numerous trimmings. Grille, bumper, front quarter trimmings, polished rocket like spears with white inner contrails doubling as the slightly expanding side trimmings, and a swept back antenna, you just cannot go wrong with this early 60\'s looker. Gaps are near perfect and certainly no rust is seen within 5 feet of this cruiser. Window trimmings are framing perfectly preserved bubble front and wonderfully sloping rear glass. A side view is showing a moving cruiser even when it stands still in the studio! On back, a styled V for the trunk line, and then the triple taillights, which was to become a permanent feature on Impalas to come. A shiny 2 vertical bar adorned bumper stretches across the bottom and dual exhaust peeks out from behind the rear rear tire. Thin wide white wall tires have a red ring just inside the whitewalls and have polished wheel covers with a black and white checkered and red fleur de lis crossed flag behind a 3D chevron. I\'m crusin\' in long and low, wide chromed bubble top early 60\'s style baby.

Award winning from the swing of the doors, where you\'ll find yards of red vinyl swooping through the doors with a chrome trimmed delineator between the panel and a silver smooth central panel and a buttoned tuck and roll upper sill. Shiny cranks and the red vinyl covered armrest are here too and on the armrest\'s end is the paddle actuator. Inside more yards of red and white vinyl for the bolsters of the split back front bench and solid rear bench. These chairs have more red with black striped pattern for their broadcloth inserts and present just in near perfection. The red painted metal dash creates a deep eyebrow over top of the long thin speedometer. A strip of ribbed aluminum stretches across the middle of the dash and houses some knobs and pulls along with gauges and a clock right out of the Jetson era. Just below are more chrome knobs and slides for the heater controls. A snappy curved A pillar frames the curved glass and comes to rest just before the doors on the dash. A beautifully preserved center drilled, and ribbed steering wheel holds the Impala logo along with more crossed flags and with a red and white rim fronts the dash, and red carpeting floods the floors and is just two fingers from your lips kissing perfection. Same holds true for the headliner which is ultra clean white vinyl nice and tight.

Under the hood in a satin black engine bay a GM orange/red block and W-shaped valve coverings that specs out as a 348ci V8. While our consignor states that this is original, the stamping pad has been machined down leaving it blank. It is topped with not 1, not 2, but 3 2-barrel carburetors, and is backed up by a 2-speed Powerglide automatic. A 3.08 rear axle is on, and all is looking just fine under this hood.

Independent coil springs for the front and a 4 link with coil springs for the rear and upgraded power disc brakes in the front and rear power drum brakes. Floor pans and rockers are solid and have a healthy undercoating covering them along with a few areas of surface rust on the frame and suspension. The dual exhaust has glass pack mufflers, and the pipes appear to have been recently installed.

One of the few cars when you get in and not only IS it definitely cool, but it makes the driver look that way as well!! Magical. As was the operation of this car with great acceleration, smooth bias free panic stopping, and good handling. Even the radio works but the horn, wipers and heater blower do not.

A real looker taking advantage of that early 60\'s styling, influenced by the dawn of the space age and the dusk of the 50\'s fins in heavily chromed and stainless format. A real looker especially from the side, snazzy red and white for the interior, deep red dash, and a cool 348ci V8 under the CHE


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