Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop

The Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop in Seamist Turquoise is said to be faithfully restored
The Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop in Seamist Turquoise is said to be faithfully restored

A special car for sale deserves a special description, right? The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising this 1961 Chevrolet Impala “bubbletop” hardtop was downright poetic in how he describes the car and its place in history.

“At the beginning of the 1960s, most Americans thought it was the beginning of something great, the start of the Golden Age is what it was referred to as,” the seller wrote for the ClassicCars.com ad. “What better way to kick off the Golden Age than by introducing the very special 1961 Chevrolet Impala bubbletop SS 2-DR? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1962 Chevrolet Impala convertible

The gold Impala is nicely outfitted with narrow whitewalls and spinner hubcaps
The gold Impala is nicely outfitted with narrow whitewalls and spinner hubcaps

Well, sure, in the northern half of the U.S., the weather has turned winter nasty and the last things on the minds of the inhabitants thereof would be top-down cruising. Interest has turned more toward skiing, snowmobiling and just plain surviving.

Still, it pays to plan ahead, which is why the Pick of the Day is a sweet-looking 1962 Chevrolet Impala convertible in mostly original condition, which would heighten your anticipation of the spring thaw. Park it in the garage and await that glorious day when you can lower the power top and let the sunshine in. Continue reading

Supernatural surge: ’67 Chevrolet Impala most searched for car

Jensen Ackles as Dean driving the Supernatural Impala | The CW photo by Katie Yu
Jensen Ackles as Dean driving the Supernatural Impala | The CW photos by Katie Yu

There appears to be a Supernatural reason that the 1967 Chevrolet Impala has become the most searched for vehicle on ClassicCars.com.

Seemingly month in and month out, the most searched for car on the ClassicCars.com marketplace has been the 1967 Ford Mustang. But starting in August, the Mustang was passed by the ’67 Impala. In October, there were 50,000 searches on the site seeking information on the possible purchase of a ’67 Impala. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1963 Impala SS

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1963 Impala SS | Photos by Hans Marquez

Each year, SEMA showcases the best of the best alongside many new products and trends. Often, some of those new products can be seen on classic vehicles at SEMA, but every once in a while you come across a car that isn’t necessarily a vessel for new products and doesn’t aim to fit whatever the trend is for the year. Continue reading

Collector Car Appreciation Day set for July 14, 2017

A 1958 Chevrolet Impala coupe on display at a regional show in Prescott, Arizona | Bob Golfen
A 1958 Chevrolet Impala coupe on display at a regional car show in Prescott, Arizona | Bob Golfen

For the eighth consecutive year, a special day for celebration of the old car hobby has been declared – July 14, 2017 – by SEMA and its councils, which will again seek a Congressional resolution to recognize Collector Car Appreciation Day. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 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. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible
1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible

We tend to think 396 when we see the letters SS behind the Chevrolet nameplate, but back in the day, SS was a trim level that was applied to full-size cars with engines that had only six cylinders.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible and, don’t worry, there is a V8 under its hood, though it’s a 282 cid, not the optional 327 or 396 or 409.

But consider that the asking price on this car is $28,500, and the photos show a car that lives up to the words in the seller’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading