Awaiting the arrival of their first 1959 Chevrolet Impala in coupe form, Danbury shocked us all by announcing the corresponding rag top. Both are 50th anniversary editions. This convertible, in essence, is a revision of their initial Impala of ’59 vintage. But this Grecian Gray beauty is the antithesis of the former version cloaked in Crown Sapphire. Not that it is plain Jane, it is not. It is a tasteful suburban convertible in a safe and pleasing blue and white. But in storm cloud gray with in-your-face red interior and sinister black top, this iteration becomes more of a bad boy’s toy.
Reprising the sapphire model in all its exquisite detail, the car still looks wholly different. The car’s color combo pulls off a Houdini; elegantly aided by the evil twin’s black top, compared to the lily white good boy’s ride. We can still marvel at the absolutely awesome chassis detail with almost as many separately fashioned pieces as the real thing and oh my, the engine bay detail. The incredible scissors hinges nearly take back seat status to the engine wiring, throttle linkage and fuel line craftsmanship. The interior is every bit as stylish and perfectly executed as the original release and the trunk does its thing with equal enthusiasm.
Operational features still include functioning suspension, opening fuel filler behind the rear license plate, removable spare and folding sun visors. Great appointments from floor mats and rubber trunk matting to fabric-covered up top and simulated ‘top storage well’ still amaze. But make no mistake, to me, at least, the story is the model’s limited nature and exceedingly gorgeous paint choice.
-Tony F Perrone