1959 Chevrolet Impala Review

1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe 283 CID V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1959
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 283 CID V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Impala


A car for the rest of your life


I bought it "junk yard fresh" and got it to start with starting fluid, fresh gas and gas tank. In 1959 Chevrolet used a particularly poor steel, so modern patch panels in the rear quarters are a given. Keeping the floor pans, and fenders well painted and sanding out any hint of rust is a must.

General Comments:

Incredibly simply and reliable car. Mechanical parts are a cinch, decorative parts can be expensive from your local "stick it to ya" NOS parts hoarder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2002

6th May 2006, 04:09

Had a 1960 Impala 2-Door and your commets apply to this model as well. Rust, rust and rust was the main problem. The original 283, 2-barrel delivered an honest 22mpg. Sexy, stylish car that can bring up to $16K as an antique.

4th Nov 2011, 14:55

I hope you don't get in a wreck. Remember the IIHS crash?

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 1 review