Known as ‘Double Bubble’, this artfully crafted 1961 Chevrolet Impala resto-mod represents high automotive sculpture, beautifully conceived and executed by Greening Auto Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Grafting on an additional top from a 1961 Pontiac turned the Chevrolet hardtop into a super-stylish hardtop wagon, complete with an opening tailgate.
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The exterior was cleaned up and decluttered, with Greening Auto Company removing door handles, window trim, badging, windshield wipers, mouldings and lettering. Roof pillars were hand-formed, and the roofline was dropped three inches; the front sheet metal was lengthened to get the right proportions, body joints were removed and fenders were flared to accommodate the extra-wide wheels and tyres. The ride height was radically dropped.
The engine in this resto-mod is based on a 409 V8, bored out to 473cu in, and is loaded with premium components like an Eagle crankshaft, Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads and pistons with a compression ratio of 10.5:1.
It went under the hammer at Mecum’s Auction in Monterey over the weekend of August 23-25. See www.mecum.com for more information!