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Year: 1961

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Model: Impala Convertible

Country: USA

Owner(s):
Peter Saros

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1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

The owner of this car, Peter Saros, first saw it when he was finishing up a major house renovation for a new client. It was an old period estate home, and the client had mentioned that he had some collectible cars and would need the old stables converted into a seven-car garage.  

When the garage was completed, black and white checkered floor installed and the new wide garage doors operational, the client brought in his car collection. He had some great cars including his Mom’s original Mercedes SL convertible. But it was the 1961 Impala Convertible that struck a chord.  

Over the years Peter and the owner became good friends. Cars would come into the collection while others would be sold but the Impala always sat proudly right in the middle of his varied collection. Peter remembers a story he told when his Dad had asked him why he bought “that” car.  He could have bought just about any car for his collections. But he explained that this was a car that “back in the day everyone knew someone that had an Impala”, it made the car that much more meaningful and this was one of the nicest restorations he had seen.  

About a year ago Peter stopped by to see my friend and noticed the car was gone.  He told Peter he had shipped it to his mechanic for some work and while there got an offer to buy the car. But he was not sure he was ready to sell it. 

Peter lamented the potential loss of that car and not experiencing it again, especially as he remember the Impalas in his own family. That was all he needed to hear. He had found the person that was right for the car and would appreciate her for what she is, a piece of family history that needed to be looked after.  

He made Peter a deal he could not refuse, and the car was shipped back from California to New York. It’s an older frame-off restoration, with 72,000 miles, a 283, 2bbl, automatic, power steering and brakes. It now resides next to another automobile family member, a 1959 Chevy Impala Coupe garage find survivor (also in Concours Virtual).

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