1960 Chevrolet Impala

1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA BACKGROUND
Chevy's seminal Tri-Fives (1955-57) were followed up by the one-year-only '58 Impala, but for the 1959 model year, a whole new platform was being built with a new X-frame chassis, and revised suspension and all-new bodywork that lowered the roofline 3 inches and the body by 2 inches. The 1959 Chevrolet Impala also shared its body shell with the lower-end Buicks and Oldmobiles. The styling was toned down slightly for the 1960 model year, which would be the final year of the second-generation. Of course, the 1959 bodywork is swoopy and doopy and you either love it or you hate it. Yet the 1959 Chevrolet Impala remains popular 50+ years later not despite its polarizing Batman-styling, but because of it.

1960 Chevrolet Impala INTERIOR


1960 Chevrolet Impala ENGINES

1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA ENGINE OPTIONS
For the 1960 model year, 3 engines were available, the standard 235ci stovebolt six, and no less than seven optional V8s, in either 283 small block or 348 W-series big block. The single-carbureted 283s ranged in output from 170hp to 230hp. The single-carb 348s ranged from 250hp to 320hp, with the top dog engine being the triple-2-barrel 348 making 350hp, with 11.25:1 compression and dual exhaust. It was a genuine rocket in its time.

ABOVE & BELOW: Pictured here is the W-series Big Block 348ci V8. The 348 and the later 409 share architecture and look very similar. They are easily distinguished from small block V8s by their oddly-shaped valve covers, with three bumps along their bottom side, with sort of an "M"-shape to them, compared to the straight-sided small block valve covers.

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1960 Chevrolet Impala SPECIFICATIONS


Production (511,925)

Base Price

Wheelbase

Overall Length

Overall Height

Ground Clearance

Track, Front

Track, Rear

Weight

Fuel Capacity

ENGINE SPECS:

Engine Type

Engine Family 

Displacement

Bore & Stroke

ENGINE OPTIONS:

Base 6-cylinder

Turbo Fire (TF)

Super Turbo Fire

Turbo Thrust (TT)

Super Turbo Thrust

Super Turbo Thrust

Turbo Thrust Special

Super TT Special

Super TT Special

COUPE

432,022

$2,597.00

119.0" / 302.3 cm

211.0" / 535.9 cm

54.0" / 137.2 cm

7.8" / 19.7 cm

60.0" / 152.4 cm

59.3" / 150.5 cm

3,540 lbs (6 cyl)

24 US gal / 91 liters


OHV inline-6

Chevy Stovebolt-6

235.5 cubic inches

3-9/16" X 3-15/16"


135hp/217lb/ft, 2bbl

CONVERTIBLE

79,903

$2,847.00

119.0" / 302.3 cm

211.0" / 535.9 cm

54.0" / 137.2 cm

7.8" / 19.7 cm

60.0" / 152.4 cm

59.3" / 150.5 cm

3,635 lbs (6 cyl)

24 US gal / 91 liters


OHV 90-degree V8

Chevy Small Block V8

283 cubic inches

3.875" X 3.00"



170hp/275lb/ft, 2bbl

230hp/300lb/ft, 4bbl













OHV 90-degree V8

Chevy 348/409

348 cubic inches

4.125" X 3.25"





250hp/355lb/ft, 4bbl

320hp/358lb/ft,4bbl

340hp/362lb/ft, 4bbl

280hp/355lb/ft, 3X2bbl

335hp/362lb/ft

350hp/364lb/ft, 3X2bbl


Check out these CHEVY IMPALA BOOKS

THE STORY OF CHEVY IMPALAS


CHEVY IMPALA FACTORY PARTS & CASTING NUMBER GUIDE


IMPALA PARTS LOCATING GUIDE


CHEVY IMPALA 2006-2011, CHILTON REPAIR MANUAL


CHEVY IMPALA 2006-2011, HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL


CHEVY IMPALA FWD 1995-2001, HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL





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