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1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe


The 1960 Chevrolet Impala is one of the desirable 'bubble' hardtop coupes
The 1960 Chevrolet Impala is one of the desirable ‘bubble top’ coupes

The Pick of the Day, a 1960 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe, is an audacious spaceship of a car. With chrome-plated rockets shooting along its flanks, compete with vapor trails, and a bubble-top roofline that’s more glass than steel, the Impala seems to be swiftly flying low even when parked at the curb.

And those tailfins, like a pair of actual wings (rumor was that at high speeds, they could provide some treacherous lift). They were inherited from the 1959 model year Chevy, of which the ’60 model was seen as a toned-down version of that baroque design. As all Chevy folk know, the unique tailfins disappeared for ’61, never to be seen again.

The impressive horizontal tailfins look like actual wings
The impressive horizontal tailfins look like actual wings

For people who love this era of extreme Detroit design, the ’60 Chevy hardtop hits the spot on a number of levels, embracing the open-air optimism of the day with its airy passenger space and aircraft-inspired accents and dashboard. The Impala looks ready to conquer the interstate, coast to coast, with the radio blasting rock ‘n roll from a Top 40 station.

The ’60 Chevy advertised on ClassicCars.com is described by its West Chester, Pennsylvania, seller as a 59,000-mile, rust-free car in Roman Red and Ermine White, with a red-and-white hounds-tooth interior to match. There is no word in the brief description about restoration, but the car looks exceptionally clean and straight in the numerous photos, and most likely has been extensively refurbished.

The Impala has chrome rockets shooting along its sides
The Impala has chrome rockets shooting along its sides

The dealer describes the Impala as having “brilliant chrome, power steering, aluminized dual exhaust, AM radio with dual antennas, dual side view mirrors, bumper guards, full wheel covers with spinners, wide whitewall tires and fender skirts,” although there is no sign of fender skirts in the photos.

The car is powered by its original 348 cid big-block V8, which is good for 280 horsepower, hooked up with automatic transmission. The under-hood pictures show a well-detailed engine compartment.

The Impala seems fairly priced at $35,500, which might seem like a lot for a retro Chevy, but this one looks to be special indeed and worthy of the asking price. Besides, all that would be forgotten once you get behind the wheel and prepare for liftoff.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. Trade I have a 1948 Ford deluxe coupe. 351W engine and all chrome engine. 3,000 miles, Air condition, pw steering disc brakes etc. $35,000 invested.

  2. My Dad helped me buy one in ’64 when I was in high school. White with red interior, 3 speed on the column. That big block would smoke the tires when I dumped the clutch. I loved that car. Looking for one but this ones out of my budget.

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