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.
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!Enjoy more Classic American reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.