Ron Oldfather was looking for a '62 Chevy to equal the 409-powered Impala he had many years ago. He found this one equipped with a 283 in Portland, Ore., and transformed it into a black-on-black 502 cubic inch beast that would have left the 409 in its dust.
A lot of cars came off the line with black vinyl tops, but when was the last time you saw a black hardtop equipped with a black vinyl top? The approach works well with this classic Impala, which is also outfitted with a black bucket seat interior.
Oldfather decided the best way to motivate the low-mileage Impala was a brand new big block crate engine producing one horsepower for each of its 502 cubic inches. Plans call for it to eventually be equipped with electronic fuel injection for increased drivability.
One of the cleanest, most functional interior designs offered in the '60s, the '62 Impala has a pleasantly uncluttered look; no air conditioner controls, not even a floor console to compete with the lean, mean theme.
The first thing that grabs the eye in this photo is the wheel/tire treatment -- a set of American Racing Salt Flats wheels wearing 225/60R/15 BF Goodrich TA's. But a closer look reveals the no-nonsense 502 V-8 fender badge and a set of electrically operated fender well dumps.
Oldfather wanted a cleaner look for his black Impala, so he used a heat gun to remove the red tape that someone had applied inside the side spears. It would be hard to improve on the profile of this beauty.