This 1964 Chevy Impala once belonged to Roger Rodas, who was tragically killed in a car accident along with actor Paul Walker in November of 2013. Mr. Rodas was a good friend of the car’s owner, Miguel, who purchased the car after Mr. Rodas’ passing.
The Impala exterior is finished in a glorious Pearl Orange Metallic with white trim, making this Impala look like the automotive equivalent of an orange creamsicle. Bumpers appear to have been brilliantly refinished, and the stainless trim has a show-ready gleam. Low-profile rubber is wrapped around highly polished Billet Specialties split five-spoke wheels that barely conceal Wilwood disc brakes fitted at all four corners. The E-Level air ride suspension system by Accuair allows the car to be lowered or raised depending on needed ride height. There are body color painted dual tubular A-arms and beefy sway bars front and rear (the rear sway bar is also painted body color). LED headlights have replaced the stock units, and the brake lights are sequential.
Built as more of a cruiser than a hot rod, the Impala is powered by a GM Performance ZZ430 V8, complete with fuel injection, serpentine belt drive, modern air conditioning, and plenty of polished billet. A polished Wilwood power disc brake booster resides on the glossy black firewall. Backing the 350 cubic-inch motor is a 700R4 automatic transmission.
Inside the Impala, the white bench seat interior is highlighted by orange trim on the back rests, seat bottoms, and door panels. Orange loop carpet covers the floor. A chrome steering wheel wrapped in white leather sits atop a chrome tilt steering column with a column shifter. The dashboard and A-pillars are painted the same brilliant Pearl Orange Metallic color that graces the exterior. Stock instruments have been changed to white face Dakota Digital analog gauges, with color lighting that can be changed to nearly any hue. Power window switches can be seen in the door panels. A white convertible top boot completes the look.
The capacious trunk of the Impala has been finished with custom panels that showcase the 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers and air ride compressor. The result is a clean and simple look, more finished than the spartan appearance of a stock Impala.
You can see the Impala in action in this video from AutotopiaLA.