This 1961 Chevrolet Impala resto mod is one badass wagon. It crossed the block at the recent the Kissimmee Mecum Auction with an estimated value of $300,000 – $350,000 USD. However, it failed to draw a buyer.
The cosmetic enhancements to this Impala alone make it something special. The Impala began as a bubble top, but the builders at Greening Auto Company converted the vehicle into a wagon and fused the top with one from a ’61 Pontiac. The top was then chopped 3 inches.
In addition to the chopped top, it flaunts a tucked and spotless engine bay, a low stance, custom fender flares with smooth lines, and a custom Paul Atkins interior and hand-built brown leather dash.
But this mean machine is a true hot rod with gobs of power. Its 409 V8 has been built to a 473-cubic inch monster with Edelbrock heads, Eagle crank, 10.5:1 pistons, and a stacked fuel injection system. The engine is matted to a Tremec 5-speed transmission, because something this awesome should have three pedals.
The stellar build was a 2016 Pirelli Great 8 Award winner, and was featured in the September 2016 edition of Street Rodder. You can check out the rest of the highlights below:
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