Feature Vehicle of the Month
'59 Chevy Impala Convertible
The '59 Chevy Impala is the Second Generation and became a model unto its' own, separate from the Bel Air and Biscayne models. This year is one of the most distinctive looking vehicles in American automotive history. The Impala series included a four-door hardtop and four-door sedan, along with the two-door Sport Coupe and Convertible. The Chevrolet's used a new x-frame chassis with the wheelbase 1.5 inches longer, the roof line 3 inches lower, bodies 2 inches wider and curb weight increased. The standard engine was an inline 6, with the base V8 being the carryover 283 cu in at 185hp, options were a 283 cu in with 290hp and 348 cu in up to 315hp. Standard were front and rear armrests, an electric clock, dual sliding sun visors and crank operated front vent windows. Interior also boasted a contoured hooded instrument panel with deep-set gauges, a six-way power seat and a “Speedminder” - a driver set needle for a specified speed that a buzzer would sound if the pre-set was exceeded.
The Impala was Chevrolet's most expensive passenger model through 1965 and had become the best selling automobile in the United States!
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
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