Chip Foose's 1965 Impala
Chip Foose's 1965 Impala
Chip Foose, Impala, Corvette, v8
Say what you will about Chip Foose and the scandals he's been involved in,
but the guy knows how to make a cool car, especially when classic bodies
meet new technology. Say hello to the 1965 Impala "Imposter", a project
that took quite a while to complete and won the 2015 Ridler Award at the
annual Autorama in Detroit, Chip's 4th.
The car belongs to Don and Elma of Abbotsford, British Columbia. They
wanted something that resembled the Impala they drove to Disneyland on
their honeymoon. Don bought it when he was 17, so fond memories are bound
to be involved.
Old school Muscle meets New School Hustle.
Rather than use an actual Impala chassis, Chip decided to buy a 2008 C6
Corvette and spend a lot of time stripping it down to where the classic
body of the Impala would fit. Of course, this being Foose, nothing is left
stock, so changes were made all over the place – chopped roof, flushed Exhaust tips, chrome delete and so on.
The Impala body was shortened 14 inches in total with about eight inches
taken from the roof and six inches from the rear quarter panels and trunk.
But it's not actually that small, since the Corvette frame had to be
stretched 8 inches to fit.
As for what's under the bonnet, the LS3 V8 has received a Magnuson Supercharger and one of those amazing engine
covers painted like the car and shaped like a bird beak.
Ridler cars are built to a whole other level of perfection and even things
that can't be seen, like the transmission case or rear axle had to be
finished perfect and matched to the style of the car.
American Hot Rod Designer Chip Foose: My First Golf
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pays tribute to their fans and the storied legacy behind it. Watch
acclaimed hot rod designer Chip Foose share memories of one of his favorite
cars, a 1985 MkII Golf GTI.
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Chip Foose Gives Personal Tour Of Foose Designs
It's hard to argue that there is a better builder and designer then Chip
From OEM production cars to killer one of kind hot rods, he's designed it
all and won just about every award on the planet. But his design and
engineering doesn't stop at automotive. Over they years Chip has designed
casinos, theme parks, bicycles and clothing lines.
Our crew stopped by Foose Designs in Huntington Beach, CA to take a tour of
the recently expanded Foose Design Headquarters.
Thanks to BASF Refinish and 3M Collision Repair for arranging our tour,
with Chip Foose.