To most people my age, the 62, 63 and 64 Chevy fullsize cars are more closely associated with the rap or hip culture and low riders. However this particular Impala is pretty strong evidence to the contrary and hopefully a wake up call that the full size cars can be just as interesting as their midsized brethren when it comes to moving fast.
What I like about this car:
1. 340hp W-series big block. Nice.
2. 4-speed manual transmission, a requisite for hauling ass before drivers got lazy.
3. Paint/interior color. Blue, green and metallic. Perfectly 60s.
What I dislike about this car:
1. As much as I like any 348 or 409, this really isn’t “the” 409 that we all know from the Beach Boys’ song of the same name.
2. I feel for a top trim fullsize, the hubcaps leave a bit to be desired. From what I understand, they’re correct for the car, I just don’t care for them.
There is an old saying that “The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.” That’s particularly true for the owner of this 1961 Chevrolet Impala, Mr. Gil Losi.
Back in the 1980s, Gil started a company called Team Losi. Their family business grew to become a dominant player in the R/C car industry during the boom years of the 1980s and 1990s. Gil later sold the business to Horizon Hobby, but he’s not through playing with cars. These days, he’s tinkering with full size ones!
Gil’s latest toy was built by Steve Cook Creations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I saw it on display at the Meguiar’s booth at SEMA 2013.
I’m currently in the media center at the Las Vegas Convention Center right now. In front of me a dude with a pony-nub is editing a video of Geoff Tate of Queensryche. Behind me, some British dude talking about American health care. You think there’d be a lot more of the car stuff going on, but you’d be wrong. I’ve finally found salvation from the madness of plastic body kits (on both cars and women) that is the SEMA show.
So to spit in the eye of all the new and exciting bullshit that you’re going to hear about non-stop everywhere else, I’d like to focus first on this beautiful B-body. Everyone loves a fullsize, but this W-series Chevy big block that resides under this hood is the real show stopper. Gorgeous archaic design philosophy at work.
There is an astonishing amount of technology present in today’s automobiles. Everything from transmissions to traction control, stability control, and other vehicle monitoring systems are all controlled by onboard computers. Therefore, it makes sense that General Motors would showcase its latest gadgets not at an auto show, but at the 2013 International CES show.
CES is the world’s largest trade show, drawing thousands of engineers, geeks, and tech-minded people from all over the world. Here, GM was showing off its latest in-car infotainment system called MyLink. The MyLink system won a CES Innovation Award for 2013 and was available for demonstrations throughout the show.
My department just hired someone to work alongside me part-time. His name is Regeno, and this this is his daily-driven 1966 Impala. It’s currently powered by a 250 cubic-inch L6 through a 3 speed, column-shifted manual. Or “three-on-the-tree” for those of you that are in the know. It’s a work-in-progress and I hope these pictures show how much potential this car has. Also included is a video of it driving away for those of you that were curious what a 250 L6 sounded like with a chambered muffler. Enjoy the gallery below!