Original Barn Find: 1960 Chevy Impala Emerges After 30 Years in Storage

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Launched with new styling but still part of the second generation, the 1960 Impala sported notable changes from its predecessor, including new round taillights and quad headlights integrated into the grille.
However, the yearly production was the most notable tidbit for the 1960 Impala. Chevrolet built over 511,000 units, with the Impala becoming the best-selling car in the United States.

It was the year when the Impala was crowned the king of car sales in its home market. It retained the leading spot for several years.

A 1960 Impala landed on Craigslist a few days ago after spending over three decades in storage. The owner says the car was discovered in a barn, though they didn't share specifics about the storage location. However, you can tell the Impala has been sitting for a long time, as it now requires a complete restoration with work in all key areas.

I've always been a fan of great patinas, but this 1960 Impala is an original example, and I'm sure a potential collector who gets their hands on the car will want a complete restoration to factory specifications. The work will certainly include a respray, but the good news is that the body looks straight without massive problems.

I'm not sure this is the case with the floors, with the trunk already showing signs of rust. Your best option is to put the car on a lift and thoroughly inspect the undersides, as I don't expect all panels to be 100% clean.

It's unclear if the car is still complete, but the engine is still under the hood. We know nothing about it, so I can only hope it turns over by hand.

The 1960 Impala brought several notable changes from an engine perspective. While the six-cylinder – V8 engine combo was still available, the GM brand dropped the Ramjet fuel-inject small-block unit previously offered on the 1959 Impala. The 348 could be had in one of five configurations, with the top choice developing 335 horsepower. The SS wasn't available, as the package debuted in 1961, but the top-of-the-range 348 was already an excellent choice for people interested in more performance behind the wheel of an Impala.

Getting your hands on this 1960 Impala won't be easy if you must convince your significant other that a new project should land in your garage. The owner wants $25,000 for the car, and without more information, it's impossible to tell if this is the correct price. The price tag looks a bit optimistic, considering that a complete restoration is required, but if the Impala is still complete and has a working big block under the hood, it could easily become worth a small fortune with a full overhaul.

You can find this gem in San Fernando.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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