Vintage Beauty Alert: Pristine 1960 Chevy Impala Seeks a New Keeper After 40 Years in a Barn

Stepping onto the scene in 1958 as the premier Bel Air variant, the Impala swiftly ascended to series status by the following year. While its DNA shared many traits with the Bel Air, the Impala carved out its own niche as the epitome of full-size allure.

Chevrolet’s strategic spotlight on the Impala elevated it to the status of the ultimate trendsetter, relegating all other models in its lineup to the shadows of its undeniable charm.

The second-generation Impala came to be in 1959 and remained in production for only two years. The 1960 release adopted several notable changes compared to its predecessor, including styling tweaks, despite Chevrolet already giving the finishing touches to a new generation due in 1961.

The 1960 Impala in these photos is an all-original example that spent nearly its entire life with the same family.

The owner explains on Craigslist that their mom purchased the car in 1973 and drove it for only three years. Their father moved it to storage in 1976, with the Impala sleeping in a barn for 40 years until 2016.

The Impala got to see the daylight again eight years ago. It received several essential fixes, including new brakes, a new carpet, and a rebuilt carburetor, so it returned to the road in 2017. The Impala spent limited time on the road, with the owner’s mother taking the car out occasionally.

The vehicle still looks intriguing, and despite the obvious problems, including the rust damage, it’s an easy project for someone interested in owning a tip-top Impala.

The engine runs and drives, but it’s the point where some people might walk away. The car doesn’t come with a V8 but with a six-cylinder engine. The straight-six was the laziest mill on the 1960 Impala, coming in the form of a 235 unit with 135 horsepower.

The base V8 was a 283 with 170 horsepower, but a four-barrel version was also available with 230 horsepower. The top choice was the 348, which was available in multiple configurations, with the top producing 335 horsepower.

The best thing about this Impala is that it continues to be completely original, so if you’re interested in a real-deal 1960 model, this project could meet your expectations. It still requires urgent fixes, including an oil leak from the powertrain, but the car is mostly solid. All chrome is still in place, all lights work, and the headliner is perfect.

The owner expects to get $14,500 for this Impala, but they claim they will also negotiate the price if you inspect the car in person and decide to buy it. The vehicle is parked in Langley, close to Vancouver, and despite its solid shape, you need a trailer to take it home.

The engine starts and runs, and while the vehicle is road-worthy, embarking on a long trip isnโ€™t a good idea unless you fix all mechanical problems.

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