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AACA-Winning 1961 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power Convertible 4-Speed

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AACA-Winning 1961 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power Convertible 4-Speed

Current Bid: $75,000 (USD) by: mochadoog

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Pleasanton, California


87,225 (Mi)

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348ci V8







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Vehicle Story

This 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible is a national first-place award-winning AACA show car that underwent a 5-year comprehensive restoration completed in May 2014.  It is powered by a tri-power 348ci V8 paired with a rebuilt 4-speed manual transmission and comes equipped with a fully detailed undercarriage, rebuilt gauges, and push-button radio.  Finished in Roman Red over a two-tone red and white interior, this Impala is now offered on a clean California title in the seller’s name. 

This Impala was professionally resprayed in two-stage Roman Red with white accents, equipped with a new power-operated white cloth retractable top.  After spending a length of time in long-term storage, the car was fully disassembled and treated to full restoration with show-level standards.  All exterior chrome trim is in excellent condition, including front and rear bumpers, side moldings, window trim, and door handles.  The signature tapered-V rear design is accompanied by round taillights, with scripted Impala emblems in the factory locations on the rear quarter panels.    

Factory 14” Roman Red-painted steel wheels with original-style covers are wrapped in Goodyear Silvertown whitewalls.  The car is equipped with power steering and power brakes, and the front suspension was rebuilt and fully aligned.

The interior is fitted with reupholstered dual red, and white vinyl bench seats with the door panels and carpeting finished in matching materials.  The side windows are hand-crank operated, and a “Straight-Line Tuning” push-button radio with a rear-mounted speaker is installed.  The trunk is detailed and includes all seals, a mat, and a full-size spare tire. 

Instrumentation is framed by a restored steering wheel and includes rebuilt gauges, showing a 120-mph speedometer, a clock, and gauges for coolant temperature and fuel level.  The 5-digit mechanical odometer shows 87k miles, although true mileage is unknown. 

The 348ci V8 is installed in a fully detailed engine bay and is equipped with a tri-power carburetor setup with appropriate stamping and a correct casting number. All hardware and components used in the restoration are factory-correct and were refinished to like-new condition. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission with a floor-mounted shift lever. 

Photos showing the underside are available in the gallery.

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Comments & Questions

April 10, 2021
11:11 AM

@TomL Thanks for the offer to trade Tom. Our goal is to sell the Impala on this auction. We would be happy to discuss options if the conclusion doesn't meet our expectation. Thank you again for reaching out.

April 09, 2021
01:35 PM

Just a question here....Any interest in a partial trade? I expect this wont reach its reserve. IF thats the case, would you be interested in a partial trade? I have the 65 Vette Coupe running on this auction as we speak. If youd care to discuss I can be reached at 805-5361226. Im in Paso Robles, so if we WERE to make a deal the logistics would be a breeze. We may be selling for different reasons. I can only manage 3 or 4 cars in my collection and ive wanted a 61 Convertible for a long time. Tom

April 08, 2021
05:58 PM

Sold mine in 1967 for $300.00 to pay for college tuition. Same vehicle., same color, same engine, same interior. Still have the original jack and two original hubcaps. Mine also had a hardtop. It required two people to remove it. The only one I have ever seen with a soft top and a hard top. Sure wish there was some way I could go for one more ride.

April 06, 2021
03:31 PM

Welcome to the 1961 Impala auction. This 1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible is a multiple award winner thanks to a superb nut-and-bolt restoration that took five years to complete. Discovered in long-term storage in 2007, the car was completely dismantled to prepare it for restoration. The car was prepped for the rotisserie by bracing critical components after which the Roman Red and white paint was applied. The components were then removed off the frame, sandblasted and sent to powder coating. The suspension parts and detail items were bead blasted and correctly refinished before reassembly. The correctly date-coded 348 CI Tri-Power V-8 engine was rebuilt and balanced with new components and installed with a T-10 4-speed transmission into the completed chassis along with power steering and power brakes. The interior is finished in red with a power-operated white soft top and Coker wide whitewall tires capped with 1961 Impala wheel covers. The finished car immediately garnered AACA First Junior and Senior Awards. It also scored 994 of 1,000 points and won the Best Engine Compartment Award at Eckler’s Classic Chevy International in 2014. Please reach out with any questions.

April 06, 2021
09:08 AM

Outstanding piece of living history! I'm excited to see who will win this auction.

April 06, 2021
07:40 AM

The more you look at these late fifties/early sixties cars, the more you discover how stylized they were, and how much thought was put into their design. Even the steering wheel and the door armrests are works of art!

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