This 1959 Chevrolet Impala Could Easily Make A Grown Man Cry


I’ve seen hundreds of rust buckets as a petrolhead who fell in love with vintage automobiles decades ago; some of them are in terrible shape because their owners were ignorant.
Rust is automotive cancer; it can be practically hard to treat in some situations, meaning your attempt to rescue the car will be in vain.

I found a 1959 Impala on Craigslist that I think fits this description. The car appears to have been left outside on a farm or in a forest for decades. Given that it was surrounded by trees, it most likely endured years of extreme humidity.

It’s not rocket science to figure out where this is headed. Due to humidity’s negative effects on metal, the car now has enormous holes throughout, particularly on the undersides, giving it a terrifying appearance. Although the floorboards and the trunk appear completely destroyed, the owner claims that the frame is still sturdy.

The majority of the inside is in such bad shape that it is unusable nonetheless, and the dash is missing because it is purportedly the work of a prior owner.

The car still has a portion of its engine, but it doesn’t really matter. I don’t expect it to work, since it was probably donated for other projects anyhow (or even to show up in a fixable shape at all).


The 1959 Impala is an essential figure in automotive history. Chevrolet first presented the Impala in 1956 at General Motors’ car show, but the production model debuted in 1958 as part of the Bel Air lineup. The Impala rapidly became a separate series thanks to its massive overnight success. Chevrolet picked the 1959 model year as the starting point for Impala as a stand-alone model, despite still sharing most parts and engines with the Bel Air.

Despite being marketed as the second-generation Impala, Chevy enthusiasts refer to the 1959 model year as the first series since it was the year the automobile began to gain popularity outside of the Bel Air family. Chevrolet only produced this version for two years before introducing a redesigned model in 1961.

I don’t think this Impala can be utilized for anything but components, and unfortunately, the likelihood of it being on the road again is fairly minimal. This is a very high expectation given the state of the car overall—that is, the wrecked metal and everything—as well as the fact that the engine is nonfunctional and numerous other pieces are missing.