A Chip Foose-built 1965 Chevrolet Impala has taken home top honors at Detroit’s annual Autorama hot rod show. The well-known designer was given the coveted Ridler Award for his work on the custom Chevy, which he’s dubbed ‘The Imposter’.
The Impala has been significantly shortened and rides on a 2008 C6 Corvette frame, giving it the ‘Imposter’ name. It uses multiple Corvette parts and a Corvette powertrain, but retains its retro looks on the outside, for the most part.
According to The Detroit News, the Imposter is owned by Don and Elma Voth of Abbotsford, British Columbia. Don Voth first acquired the car when he was 17 and has driven himself and his wife around in it ever since, even driving it to Disneyland on their honeymoon.
“We’re not building our dream car, we’re building Don and Elma’s dream car,” Foose said. “Our goal is to make every dream that they have come true. One of their dreams was to win the Ridler and we just did it.”
The ’65 Impala was competing in the radical hardtop category at the weekend-long automotive expo, which celebrates its 63rd anniversary this year. Check out Chip Foose’s Facebook page for build photos and completed photos of the award-winning ‘Imposter.’