1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Tri-Power 348/280 HP V-8 engine


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Tri-Power 348/280 HP V-8 engine
Day Two 4-speed manual transmission
Equipped originally with a 3-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission
Three-on-the-tree equipment is still intact
Original Roman Red exterior
Original power-operated White convertible top
Day Two custom grille
Dual spotlights
Original Red interior
Hurst shifter
AM radio
120 MPH speedometer
X-frame chassis
Power brakes
Fender skirts
Chrome bumpers
Dual exhaust
BF Goodrich Silvertown wide Whitewall tires
Though the Impala was offered in a number of displacement and power levels from the I6 up, this car has the hottest Chevrolet big-block available that model season, the Super Turbo-Thrust V-8. A 315 HP version with an oversquare (3.25 stroke in a 4.125 bore) block configuration, solid-lifter camshaft and 10.5 compression, atop this was a trio of two-barrel carburetors under a large air cleaner. Incidentally, the normal advertised power rating for this engine was 280 HP. The 315 HP rated version was discreetly mentioned as a small footnote “for specialized applications” in the transmission section of the 1959 Chevrolet sales brochure, indicating it was just for “serious enthusiasts.” buyers needed to ask for it as a special upgrade, and it was only available in manual transmission applications.
To that end, this car was ordered new with a 3-speed Synchro-Mesh box, but that was swapped out for a near-identical 4-speed version with an accompanying floor shift early in the car’s existence. The “three on the tree” equipment is still intact on the car.
With customizing existing as a big part of this era, this Impala also received pinstripes by Neal—Northwest Indiana’s local and preferred pinstripe painter—and a custom grille to make it singular in identity. These Day 2 changes are a part of its heritage and mystique, as they were applied while the vehicle was still considered an excellent “new car” design, not decades later. Indeed, though parked in the mid-1960s, this car was carefully cared for. The top is believed to have been lowered only six times since new, and this is possibly the only original-paint, original-interior and original-top Impala presently in existence. That level of preservation was what Thomas “Gearbox” Gearhart insisted on.
1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Tri-Power 348/280 HP V-8 engine
$ 16,000.00
Tri-Power 348/280 HP V-8 engine
Day Two 4-speed manual transmission
Equipped originally with a 3-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission
Three-on-the-tree equipment is still intact
Original Roman Red exterior
Original power-operated White convertible top
Day Two custom grille
Dual spotlights
Original Red interior
Hurst shifter
AM radio
120 MPH speedometer
X-frame chassis
Power brakes
Fender skirts
Chrome bumpers
Dual exhaust
BF Goodrich Silvertown wide Whitewall tires
Though the Impala was offered in a number of displacement and power levels from the I6 up, this car has the hottest Chevrolet big-block available that model season, the Super Turbo-Thrust V-8. A 315 HP version with an oversquare (3.25 stroke in a 4.125 bore) block configuration, solid-lifter camshaft and 10.5 compression, atop this was a trio of two-barrel carburetors under a large air cleaner. Incidentally, the normal advertised power rating for this engine was 280 HP. The 315 HP rated version was discreetly mentioned as a small footnote “for specialized applications” in the transmission section of the 1959 Chevrolet sales brochure, indicating it was just for “serious enthusiasts.” buyers needed to ask for it as a special upgrade, and it was only available in manual transmission applications.
To that end, this car was ordered new with a 3-speed Synchro-Mesh box, but that was swapped out for a near-identical 4-speed version with an accompanying floor shift early in the car’s existence. The “three on the tree” equipment is still intact on the car.
With customizing existing as a big part of this era, this Impala also received pinstripes by Neal—Northwest Indiana’s local and preferred pinstripe painter—and a custom grille to make it singular in identity. These Day 2 changes are a part of its heritage and mystique, as they were applied while the vehicle was still considered an excellent “new car” design, not decades later. Indeed, though parked in the mid-1960s, this car was carefully cared for. The top is believed to have been lowered only six times since new, and this is possibly the only original-paint, original-interior and original-top Impala presently in existence. That level of preservation was what Thomas “Gearbox” Gearhart insisted on.

Additional information

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Impala
Type: Convertible
Year: 1959
Doors: 2
Mileage: 14,829
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Gas
Interior Color: Red
Exterior Color: Roman Red
Vehicle Identification Number: F59S232574
United States, Ohio, Cleveland
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