1959 Chevrolet Impala

Award Winning 28,910 Actual Mile Impala Convertible 348 V8 Powerglide Survivor
Stock #
135223
Body Style
Convertible
Engine
348 V8
Exterior Color
Classic Cream
Interior Color
Green
Miles
28910

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Why Buy
  • Original 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust V8
  • Correct Classic Cream paint
  • Winner of multiple national awards
  • Sale includes judging sheets, multiple awards and all of the car’s feature articles
  • Original Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission
  • Correct Green interior
  • Featured in multiple publications
  • Factory power steering / Factory power drum brakes
  • 3-owner, mostly original survivor that’s traveled only 28,910 miles
  • Sale includes vintage dealer paperwork, a complete owner history and recent service receipts

SUMMARY

  • 3-owner, mostly original survivor that’s traveled only 28,910 miles
  • Winner of multiple national awards
  • Featured in multiple publications
  • Original 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust V8
  • Original Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission
  • Correct Classic Cream paint
  • Correct Green interior
  • Sale includes vintage dealer paperwork, a complete owner history and recent service receipts
  • Sale includes judging sheets, multiple awards and all of the car’s feature articles
  • Factory power steering / Factory power drum brakes

In an age where the typical collector swaps classic metal faster than Mister Rogers changes sweaters, it’s hard to imagine finding a low-mileage, 3-owner bombshell that’s been documented all the way down to an autograph from the time it was borrowed by Richard Petty. But this exclusive, national award-winning Chevy is just that, and, throughout 56 years of immaculate upkeep, heavy servicing has been its sole alteration. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, virtually unmolested collector car, here’s your chance to head the herd!

HISTORY/PRESERVATION

Introduced as Chevrolet’s first foray upmarket, the Impala proved GM’s volume car juggernaut had the strength to be all things to all people. It was the ride your upper class neighbors enjoyed and, like the original Bel Air, it wholly embodied the time of its creation. With that in mind, this awesome, second generation drop-top was immediately snatched up by its first owner in late 1958. That owner, Foster Harris of Dayton, Ohio, purchased the car from Williamstown, Kentucky’s Piles Chevrolet as a gift for his wife. Unfortunately Mr. Harris’ wife was more interested in birds than antelopes and, after 3K miles of use, the Impala was traded on a brand new Thunderbird. That’s when the Chevy’s second and long-term owner, Francis Mendenhall, entered the picture.

Mr. Mendenhall and his wife fell in love with the car, mainly using it as a grand Sunday cruiser that provided their family years of great memories. As those years passed, the Mendenhall’s daughter, Joyce, formed quite a bond with the low-mileage Chevy and would eventually use it to complete her driving test. When the time came for Joyce to head to college, the Impala returned to its plaster garage where her dad promised to store and maintain it until further notice. After college, Joyce married a future GM manager who was a hardcore Chevy fan and long-term Bel Air owner. And, in 1984, Joyce’s father called to say: “it’s time for you to pick up your Impala.” Ecstatic, she relocated the car to her new home and started hitting the national show circuit where, as you might imagine, the all-original, 21K mile drop-top was a big hit.

In 2006, after roughly half a century in the same family, Joyce and her husband finally passed the car to its third and present owner: a retired neighbor who also purchased their beloved Bel Air. That owner, looking to keep things fresh, commissioned a heavy engine servicing that included new seals, new freeze plugs and fresh block paint. And today, the car rolls as a fully documented national award winner that’s seen only 28,910 miles of road time in the hands of three dedicated owners.

ENGINE

Lift this Chevy’s long hood and you’ll find an original, 348 cubic inch Turbo Thrust V8 that’s branded with a correct 3755011 casting number, stated with a September (I) 19th (19), 1958 (58) casting date and detailed with a correct “G” suffix stamp. A staple of working-class luxury, this sturdy 250 horsepower big block is one of the many reasons the Impala model enjoys fantastic name recognition. And absolutely every item, from its thick coat of Chevy Orange paint to its unique, bowtie-branded valve covers, is functional, reliable and ready to hit the cruise-in. At the top of the bright block, a Satin Black, single-snorkel air cleaner funnels wind in to a big Rochester carburetor. At the sides of the block, clean exhaust manifolds allow oversquare cylinders ample breathing room by pushing spent gases through correct, true-dual pipes. At the back of the block, a traditional points distributor sparks familiar Packard TV R Suppression cables. Cooling is provided by a beefy Harrison radiator, which circulates water through a series of pliable hoses. Charge comes courtesy of a Delco yellow cap battery, which jolts a tagged Delco-Remy generator. All the right details, including a stainless fuel line, correct decals and a factory brake booster, are present and accounted for. And the car’s Satin Black engine bay serves as an ideal backdrop for the engine’s many different textures.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Park this topless full-size on a lift and you’ll find a solid undercarriage that, despite the car’s Midwest roots, appears to have never seen seriously inclement weather. Straight, undercoated floorpans perfectly complement a sturdy, Satin Black X-frame. A rugged Powerglide transmission, which hangs a correct 3742349 casting number above an October (J) 31st (31) 1958 (8) casting date, spins a beefy GM drop-out that literally sails the engine through its power band. Under that capable drivetrain, a lucid suspension mixes factory power steering with big, power-assisted drums. At the center of the floors, a true-dual exhaust system utilizes correct turbo mufflers to weave an aggressive, full-throttle rumble into a subdued and classy idle. And at the corners of the chassis, great looking 8.00-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls frame dent-free hubcaps.

INTERIOR

For GM products of the 1950s, interiors are always a highlight. Naturally, this Impala continues that trend with an eye-popping tri-tone Green interior that presents very well. At ground level, Fisher sill plates anchor old school carpet under thick, color-keyed floor mats. Adjustable bench seats wear retro plaid covers that remind us of family picnics. The padded and stainless-trimmed dash plays host to factory instrumentation, a correct radio and chrome accessory pulls. In front of the driver, a traditional Impala steering wheel spins speed-drilled spokes around a storied cross-flag emblem. At the sides of the car, expressive door panels found simple exit handles between jet-age armrests and traditional window cranks. And behind the passengers, a cavernous trunk hides a correct jack and full-size spare tire between pliable mats and a vintage decklid decal.

AWARDS/FEATURES

Over the years, this Chevy has acquired some pretty serious accolades. Here’s a categorized, chronological listing of the car’s significant milestones:

  • Scored 942 out of 1,000 points to earn a Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Junior Award in July of 1989
  • Scored 950 out of 1,000 points to earn a Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Senior Award in July of 1990
  • Invited to participate in the 1991 Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance
  • Scored 972 out of 1,000 points to earn a Gold Award at the 12th International Late Great Chevy Convention in June of 1992
  • Scored 952 out of 1,000 points to earn a Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Preservation Award in July of 1992
  • Scored 980 out of 1,000 points to earn a Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Preservation Award in July of 1993
  • Earned a Designer’s Choice Award at the Eyes on Classic Design Car Show in June of 1995

  • Participated in the 1987 Detroit Wheels of Freedom Automobile Show and Parade
  • Featured in the September/October, 1992 edition of FRIENDS Magazine
  • Featured in the June, 1993 edition of Late Great Chevys Magazine
  • Featured on the cover of the January, 1994 edition of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America’s newsletter
  • Featured in the June, 2010 edition of Chevy Classics Magazine
  • Featured in many local and neighborhood newsletters

DOCUMENTATION/ACCESSORIES

Here’s a categorized list of everything included with this drop-top’s sale:

  • Vintage marketing materials
  • A vintage Owner’s Manual (signed by Richard Petty)
  • Vintage dealer and tax paperwork documenting Francis Mendenhall’s acquisition of the car
  • The car’s 1959 title (when ownership transferred to Francis)
  • Original warranty paperwork (highlights the car’s original dealer)
  • The car’s 1984 title (when ownership transferred to Joyce Mendenhall Blue)
  • A typed history that verifies the car’s owners and mileage at the time of its most recent sale (signed by Joyce Mendenhall Blue)
  • Service receipts
  • Vintage license plates
  • Miscellaneous car show materials
  • Reproduction service manuals
  • A display board that highlights the car’s Chevy Classics feature

  • Judging sheets for the car’s 1989 Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Junior Award
  • Judging sheets for the car’s 1990 Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Senior Award
  • Paperwork from the car’s participation in the 1991 Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance
  • Registration, paperwork and judging sheets for the car’s 1992 Late Great Chevy Gold Award
  • Judging sheets for the car’s 1992 Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Preservation Award
  • Judging sheets for the car’s 1993 Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Preservation Award
  • Paperwork for the car’s 1995 Eyes on Classic Design Designer’s Choice Award

  • A certificate of participation for the 1987 Wheels of Freedom Automobile Show and Parade
  • A grille plaque for the car’s 1990 Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Senior Award
  • A tag for the car’s participation in the 1991 Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance
  • A certificate and plaque for the car’s 1992 Late Great Chevy Gold Award
  • One of the car’s Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Preservation Awards

  • Multiple copies of the car’s FRIENDS Magazine feature
  • Multiple copies of the car’s Late Great Chevys Magazine feature
  • Multiple copies of the car’s Vintage Chevrolet Club of America’s newsletter feature
  • Multiple copies of the car’s Chevy Classics Magazine feature
  • Various newsletter features

Coveted and cherished, this national award-winning Chevy is a mostly-original piece of jet age magic that’s ready to be shown and celebrated. With top-notch preservation, major provenance and more style than pretty much anything on the road, the car literally defines the term “investment grade”. If you’re looking for a first-rate classic that’s capable of leading the collector car herd, pick up the phone and take home this incredible Impala!

Basic

Year
1959
Make
Chevrolet
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Impala
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Classic
Mileage
28910

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
348 V8
Engine Number
3755011
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Single 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
2 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
Powerglide
Transmission Number
3742349

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM Radio
Battery Location
RH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
No

Interior

Interior Color
Green
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl Cloth
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Classic Cream
Paint Type
Lacquer
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Coil Spring
Axle Specification
GM 8.2" Drop out
Front Wheel Specification
14"
Rear Wheel Specification
14"
Front Tire Specification
8.00-14
Rear Tire Specification
8.00-14
Front Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Drum
Spare
Full Size
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Factory Replacement

History

Restoration Status
Survivor
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.
  • — Junior Award.
  • — July of 1989.
  • — 942 out of 1,000 points.
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.
  • — Senior Award.
  • — July of 1990.
  • — 942 out of 1,000 points.
  • Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance.
  • — Participant.
  • — 1991.
  • 12th Int. Late Great Chevy Convention.
  • — Gold Award.
  • — June of 1992.
  • — 972 out of 1,000 points.
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.
  • — Preservation Award.
  • — July of 1992.
  • — 952 out of 1,000 points.
  • Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.
  • — Preservation Award.
  • — July of 1993.
  • — 980 out of 1,000 points.
  • Eyes on Classic Design Car Show.
  • — Designer’s Choice Award.
  • — June of 1995.

  • Participated in the 1987 Detroit Wheels of Freedom Automobile Show and Parade.
  • Featured in the September/October, 1992 edition of FRIENDS Magazine.
  • Featured in the June, 1993 edition of Late Great Chevys Magazine.
  • Featured on the cover of the January, 1994 edition of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America’s newsletter.
  • Featured in the June, 2010 edition of Chevy Classics Magazine.
  • Featured in many local and neighborhood newsletters.
Historical Documents Summary
* Vintage marketing materials. * Vintage Owner’s Manual. * Vintage dealer and tax paperwork. * 1959 title. * Original warranty paperwork. * 1984 title. * Typed history. * Service receipts. * Reproduction service manuals. ----- * 1989 VCCA judging sheets. * 1990 VCCA judging sheets. * Paperwork from Meadowbrook. * LGC paperwork and judging sheets. * 1992 VCCA judging sheets. * 1993 VCCA judging sheets. * Paperwork for Eyes on Design show. ----- * 1987 Wheels of Freedom cert. * Cert for LGC award. ----- * FRIENDS Magazine features. * Late Great Chevys features. * VCCA newsletter features. * Chevy Classics Magazine features. * Various newsletter features.

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