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1964 Impala - Open-Air Cruiser


These days, if you want a taste of the windswept convertible experience but don't want a car with a soft top, you can always look for a vehicle with a sunroof. However, it wasn't always so easy. Back in the 1960s, models with an optional sunroof were few and far between, and power-operated ones were even rarer. Chris Howder, of Lakewood, California, wanted a sunroof on his '64 Impala, so he sourced one from a Cadillac and had it retrofitted into the Chevy's roof.


This feature almost looks like it could be original, and it's one of the things that caught our eye about the car when Chris pulled it into our Retail Showroom parking lot. After talking more with Chris, we learned that his Impala has undergone a frame-off restoration. He was just finishing up some odds and ends when we spoke.


Chris's '64 Impala has been repainted in the factory Desert Beige color, with all-new original-style chrome trim and bumpers to top it off. The lighting, emblems, and glass are all new as well.


The Impala's interior has been restored to original condition also, with Fawn upholstery on the bench seats and doors. The gauge cluster was replaced with a modern digital dash:


Under the hood, there's a 350ci small-block paired to a TH-350 automatic transmission. Chris has added a few performance upgrades such as MSD ignition and an Edelbrock carburetor.


The car rides on a lowered suspension with 20-inch Rev chrome 5-spoke wheels. These pair nicely with the bright chrome on the rest of the vehicle's exterior.


Chris enjoys driving his restored '64 Impala, especially with the windows down and the sunroof open. When he needs maintenance items or other small parts, he stops by our showroom to pick them up.


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