1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe

Following on from the wild styling of the 1959 models, the 1960 Chevrolet Impalas were a little more restrained.

Arguably the 1959's were a step too far and weren't massive sellers. A major overhaul wasn't on the cards so the '59 was refined and smoothed out. The result is the fine automobile you see here.

This Impala Sport Coupe has been driven under 30,000 miles in its lifetime and is nicely optioned. The Shadow Gray paint is a color that you don't see to often.

1960 Chevy Impala Rear View

Rear view showing the Continental kit.

At the rear are the triple tail lights, an easy way to identify an Impala over the other full-size Chevrolet models. The continental spare tire you see is a factory option.

Inside is a striking red and white interior and what Chevrolet described at the time as, "color-keyed interior beauty... a brilliant selection of pattern cloth and leather-grained vinyl upholsteries, floor coverings and tasteful appointments."

1960 Chevrolet Impala Interior

Vinyl and cloth interior

What's all the more special about this interior is that it is all-original. It's clearly been looked after well during its lifetime.

Under the hood is the largest displacement engine that Chevrolet had available as an option that year, a 348 cubic inch V8. This version is the 250 horsepower Turbo-Thrust with a single 4 barrel carburetor. With the Turboglide automatic transmission that is also fitted to this car, it would have cost the original owner an additional $398 on the purchase price for that combination.

1960 Chevy 348 V8

348 cubic inch V8

Other desirable options on this car include: Frigidaire air conditioning ($364), pushbutton AM radio ($57) and power steering ($75).

Production figures from Chevrolet are a bit vague around this period as they chose to keep records by body style and not per model. We do know that they produced 204,467 Sport Coupes. This would have been for both the Impala and Bel Air.

An Impala Sport Coupe would have cost you $2,597 for one equipped with a 235.5 cubic inch "Hi-Thift" six cylinder engine. Another $107 got you the Economy Turbo-Fire 283 V8 - both came with 3-speed manual transmission as standard.

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

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