This 1960 Impala convertible is fresh from a nut and bolt restoration and looks amazing in it’s Roman Red paint.
For 1960 we saw a brand new, oval-shaped grille that enclosed the dual headlamps. Chevrolet was describing their new cars as, “Nearest to perfection a low-priced car ever came!” Check out our other article to see how it compares to the 1959 Chevrolet Impala.
Impala was introduced in 1958 as part of the Bel Air series, for 1959 became its own series and was now top-of-the-line for Chevrolet.
Check out those distinctive side moldings, bright rear end panel and triple rear lights.
You can see the short chrome molding that extends back from the headlights that has two horizontal bar moldings above and below it – this was unique to the Impala. Also distinct to the Impala was the triple taillight configuration that was originally used in 1958 and reintroduced this year.
Other noticeable trim on the Impala was the rear quarter missile ornaments also had two rearward pointing moldings that were filled with a contrasting color insert, that contained an Impala script and crossed racing flags insignia.
The original sales brochure told us, ‘Fisher Body richness and good taste are the mark of Impala interiors. All seats in all Impala models have luxurious foam cushioning’.
Under the hood sits the 283 cubic inch V8 that outputs 170 horsepower.
Impala Standard Equipment
|Deluxe steering wheel||Parking brake|
|Anodized aluminum trim||Electric clock|
|Back-up lights||Glove compartment light|
|Parking brake warning light||Rich floor coverings|
Some available Chevrolet options in 1960
|Power seat (6-way)||$87|
|Power seat (4-way)||$65|
Chevrolet sold 204,467 Impala Sport Coupes for 1960 with the base price at $2,597 with a 6 cylinder engine. Convertible sales totalled 79,903 cars at a base price of $2,847.
The 283 cubic inch Turbo-Thrust engine on this car would have cost an additional $107 when the car was originally ordered with another $199 for the Powerglide automatic transmission. Also present on this car is power steering ($75) and power brakes ($43)
This ’60 Impala is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)