1961 saw a restyle for full-size Chevrolet cars and it was now the third generation for the top-of-the-line Impala. We were now well and truly in the sixties and tailfins had pretty much disappeared. The A-pillars were re-angled removing the dogleg that had been put in place to allow the panoramic wraparound windshield of previous years. However, it had received complaints as some people found it got in the way during entry and exit of the vehicle.
The body sides were now much simpler and cleaner with a feature side line that ran from the headlamps sloping downwards towards the rear of the car, with an uptick taking it up to the top line of the rear fender. The Bel Air and Impala had bright metal molding to emphasize the line with the Impala's being wider, fin shaped and used a contrasting color in the inserts.
The triple taillights were once again a signature mark for the Impala.
While retaining their 119" wheelbase, the 1961 full-size Chevrolet cars had trimmed down a little and were an inch and a half shorter and nearly 2 and a half inches narrower. The trim new size was how Chevrolet marketed these new cars. Better to handle and park was highlighted in the sales literature of the time.
Under the hood of this Impala there is a 283 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8 Engine producing 230 horsepower. This would have cost $107 over the price of the six cylinder 236 cubic inch which was the standard engine. Both came with a 3-speed manual transmission. Another $199 got you the Powerglide automatic transmission that this car has. Also fitted at the factory when this car was new was air conditioning which would have cost an extra $364 - not a cheap purchase at the time!
This 1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible in Roman Red (code 923) has done just over 500 miles since its full restoration.
Chevrolet sold 64,624 Impala Convertibles during the 1961 model year. Prices started at $2,847 for the six cylinder with 3-speed manual transmission.
This Impala is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)