1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

This 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible in Roman Red (code 923) was part of Chevrolet's all-new slimline design for '59. Bodies were wider and had more room and, with the taller wraparound windshield provided more light and visibility.

At the rear of the Impala we can see the new, and very unique, batwing style tail fins and the cat's-eye / teardrop style taillights. These were probably the biggest identifiers of the 1959 Chevrolet models.

1959 saw Impala become its own series. When it was introduced in 1958 it was top of the Bel Air line-up.

1959 Chevy Impala

Rear view showing the factory continental kit.

Impala enjoyed such external luxuries such as: a special, full body length side trim with painted insert area that carried Impala emblems, crossed racing flag emblems, extra brightwork trim that travelleddown the deck lid center crease and it came with full wheel covers.

Inside there a tri-tone nylon and vinyl interior and a dashboard that had been redesigned for 1959. The instruments were now round and were praised for their readability.

1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Interior

Three-tone interior

Some available Chevrolet Impala options in 1959

Option

Price

Power windows

$103

Heater and defroster

$80

Deluxe push-button radio

$84

Tinted Windows E-Z-I

$43

Power steering

$75

Power brakes

$43

Powered front seat

$102

This car is fitted with the largest displacement engine option available from Chevrolet at the time. The 348 cubic inch Turbo-Thrust V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor. Combined with a Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission it was a $398 option when it was ordered new. This produced 250 horsepower or 320 horsepower if fitted with solid lifters - available for around $35 extra.

1959 Chevy 348 V8

348 V8

Chevrolet sold 72,765 Impala Convertibles for the 1959 model year. This car was built in the St Louis, MO assembly plant. Prices started at $2,967 for the 283 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8 or, you could save yourself $118 and opt for the six-cylinder engine.

The subject of a very high-end professional restoration this Impala was restored to stock factory specification and is period correct - just as if you had walked into a Chevy dealer when this car was new.

It is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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