All-Original 1959 Chevy Impala Barn Find After 42 Years, Everything So Looks Good

Born in 1958, Chevrolet’s Impala rapidly became an iconic model, not only for the GM brand but for the entire automotive industry as well. Impala evolved from “just a Bel Air version” to a standalone series in just a year. It needed only six more years to become a record-setting model. In 1965, Impala was crowned the first car in the United States after WWII to sell more than one million units in a single year. The popularity and reputation of the Impala have made it a collector’s dream, especially when a rare survivor with everything original is discovered.

The 1959 hardtop Impala that I recently discovered on Craigslist appears to be a rare survivor. According to the owner, the car has been sitting since 1981. Despite its long tenure in hiding, the current condition of this Impala is quite impressive. While the metal isn’t perfect, it’s understandable considering its time spent in storage.

One of the notable features of this Impala is its retro patina. The body of the car still retains much of its original factory paint, showcasing the difficult times it has endured. While a full respray may be necessary for those seeking a pristine appearance, retaining the retro patina adds a unique charm and highlights the history of this remarkable vehicle.

Despite its extended stay in a barn for over 40 years, this rust-free survivor comes with everything in working condition. It’s quite remarkable that even the AM radio is operational—a rare occurrence for a car of this vintage. The odometer indicates just 80,000 miles (128,000 km), and the owner claims to have full documentation to support this.

As expected, a Chevy Impala in this condition and with all its original components intact doesn’t come cheap. The asking price for this extraordinary find is $45,000. However, when considering that a fully restored example of a 1959 Chevy Impala can cost around $100,000, the asking price is reasonable and justifiable.

In addition to the 1959 hardtop Impala, the seller claims to have other 1958 and 1959 Impalas in their garage. For enthusiasts looking to undertake restoration projects, these additional options provide a fantastic opportunity. One of the available models is a white 1958 Impala priced at $29,000, while a green 1958 convertible is available for $55,000. The higher price tag on the green model suggests that it is in better condition and still retains its original features. If you’re interested in adding any of these museum-worthy Impalas to your collection, reach out to the seller.

All vehicles, including the Impalas, are currently parked in Camarillo, California. To maintain their glorious condition, the cars are stored indoors. However, since they have been sitting for an extended period, it’s essential to take care of towing arrangements to ensure their safe transportation.

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