Red
Red
LS3 6.2L V8
6 Speed Automatic
  • 6.2 liter LS3 V8
  • 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Strange 9-inch rear axle / Eaton Truetrac differential / 3.55 gears
  • Art Morrison GT Sport chassis
  • Detroit Speed power rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Billet Specialties wheels
  • Custom cloth top / Custom leather interior
  • Vintage Air conditioning / Custom Autosound audio
  • Ground-up build completed in late 2015
  • Awarded Staff Pick at the Goodguys 22nd Southeastern Nationals

SUMMARY

* Ground-up build completed in late 2015
* Awarded Staff Pick at the Goodguys 22nd Southeastern Nationals
* 6.2 liter LS3 V8
* 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission
* Art Morrison GT Sport chassis
* Custom cloth top / Custom leather interior
* Vintage Air conditioning / Custom Autosound audio
* Strange 9-inch rear axle / Eaton Truetrac differential / 3.55 gears
* Detroit Speed power rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
* Billet Specialties wheels

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During the dark days of '70s emissions systems, there were stalwart gearheads. During the disarray of the '80s malaise scene, there were hardcore gearheads. And even now, with increasing cost of ownership becoming the norm, there are still diehard gearheads. No matter where the future leads, there will ALWAYS be lifestyle enthusiasts who build a culture around the rush of turning transportation into art. And, unless you're one of us, it's something you'll probably never understand. So, what happens when a dedicated enthusiast decides to turn a decadent Detroit cruiser into a world-class pro-tourer? You get a razor-sharp head turner like this incredible Chevy Impala! The product of an uncompromising vision and many talented builders, this stunning classic wraps a tuned LS3 and stalwart 6-speed transmission in a tailored Morrison chassis and spotless '50s aesthetics. And, if you're a fellow enthusiast who's looking to satisfy an unrelenting need to headline shows and make a big statement, it's the award-winning drop-top of your dreams!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Designed and built at Tony's Kustoms in Lenoir City, Tennessee, this freshly finished Impala does an excellent job of wrapping vintage style around modern technology. In what amounted to a systematic, no-expense-spared rebuild, the car's solid body was completely stripped, thoroughly massaged and layered in a liquid-smooth coat of bright red 2-stage. With that paint buffed to brilliance, new glass was complemented with new, professionally polished trim and color-keyed quarter banners. With that profile dyed and detailed, "Steve Holcomb of Knoxville's Pro Auto Interior custom-stitched a tight cloth top":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcejH6cJnAs And in late 2015, this triple-red Chevy stormed the street rod scene, immediately earning a Staff Pick at the Goodguys 22nd Southeastern Nationals!

ENGINE

Toss the car's long hood and you'll find a hot LS3 small block that, thanks to Lloyd Sanders of Sanders Performance, looks ALMOST as good as it runs! GM Powertrain invested a great deal of time and research into getting the most out of its Gen IV V8, and it definitely shows. Changes started with a 20% stronger casting, featuring an increased bore of 103.25mm. Focus was then shifted to flow efficiency, resulting in the use of an all-new intake manifold and L92 rectangle-port heads. Factor in a new piston design, and injectors borrowed from the brutal LS7, and you get a very potent track weapon that happily doubles as an everyday commuter. At the top of the block, a conical, chrome-trimmed filter element funnels wind in to a polished air tube, which is hooked to a factory throttle body. At the sides of that throttle body, coated Street & Performance shorties bend under high quality Taylor plug wires. In front of those headers, an aftermarket serpentine drive spins a polished alternator and polished AC compressor behind a plethora of polished pulleys. In front of that drive, a polished PRC radiator swirls coolant around a fabricated expansion tank and big SPAL puller fan thanks to corrugated hoses. A Fastech Motorsports tune combines with Street & Performance wiring and an American Autowire harness to ensure everything communicates well. And details, like braided fluid lines, color-keyed dipsticks, a fully finished engine bay and cool, vintage-look fuel rail covers, ensure the mill maintains first class presentation.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Park this Chevy on a lift and you'll find a super clean undercarriage that's been prepped, primped and polished to match the car's slick powerplant and stunning exterior. The well-mannered motor twists a modern 6L80 6-speed, which is hooked to a tough Strange 9-inch that's fitted with an Eaton Truetrac differential and fun, 3.55 gears. That Strange pumpkin is an integral part of an Art Morrison GT Sport chassis, which features Strange coil-over-shocks at all four corners. Detroit Speed power rack-and-pinion steering provides tracking. Quick stops are a cinch thanks to 4 and 6-piston Wilwood calipers, which utilize a Wilwood master cylinder and Wilwood proportioning valve to squeeze 13-inch slotted rotors. A custom exhaust system routes spent gases through throaty Magnaflow mufflers that pop and crackle just like vintage hardware. Stylish Billet Specialties wheels throw torque through 225/45ZR18 and 275/35ZR20 Continental ExtremeContact DWS. And everything, from the car's body-matched floors to its Rock Valley fuel tank, is well planned, exceptionally executed and ready to reflect!

INTERIOR

But the show doesn't stop there. Not by a long shot! When you pop this drop-top's doors, you'll find a custom leather cockpit that, like the car's top, was installed by Steve Holcomb of Knoxville's Pro Auto Interior. Top dead center, a body-matched dash hangs clean Classic Instruments gauges above MP3-compatible Custom Autosound audio. Opposite that dash, four silver-piped seats frame a custom, full-length console that balances a modern shifter between Vintage Air climate control and switches for the aforementioned top and Nu-Relics power windows. Beneath that console, clean California Carpet bleeds in to custom side panels that are detailed with custom brightwork. In front of the driver, a tilting Ididit steering column spins a reduced diameter wheel. And behind the passengers, a leather-lined trunk features ample storage space.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* Misc Build Receipts.
* Component Manuals.
* 2015 Goodguys Staff Pick Award

Perpetually cool and visually stunning, this awesome Chevy is a near perfect example of the omnipresent creativity that defines our hobby. With its top-notch craftsmanship and incredible mechanical prowess, it presents the rare opportunity to land a fresh, award-winning showstopper without the fuss of coordinating a stressful, multi-year restoration. Don't miss this chance to own a killer American drop-top!

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