- Engine Size
- 348 V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
1960 Chevrolet Impala
For 1960 Chevrolet toned down the Impala look a little bit and made the design a bit more conservative. Three modestly sized round taillights were placed on each side of the Impala and the nostril air intakes above the headlights were deleted entirely. With more than 490,000 Impalas produced for 1960, compared to nearly 60,000 built in its debut year, the Impala may have featured more chrome than Bel Airs or Biscaynes but it seemed to work in its favor as it was America's No. 1 seller. The 1960s model had a white band running along the rear fender along with nonfunctional air intake scoops and the slogan, 'Space, Spirit, Splendor'. Leading the Impala lineup at $2,847 was the Convertible Coupe, followed by the Hardtop Sport Sedan, Sport Coupe, and Four-Door Sedan.
Seven V8s in 283-cu in or 348-cu in size drive train choices were offered this year with the top choice being the 348 cu in Super Turbo-Thrust Special which breathed through triple two-barrel carbs and used 11.25:1 compression and dual exhausts that produced 335 hp. Less robust versions of the 348 produced 250 to 320 hp and the carbureted Turbo-Fire 283 cu in V8 could have either 170 or 230 hp. Fuel-injection wasn't offered anymore on full-size Chevrolets. Speed and cruise control were added to the options list, a first for such a device being offered on a low-price automobile.
There's nothing prettier than a black car. And a black 1960 Impala with a 280hp 348ci engine is even better. This gorgeous Impala is black with a reproduction original style red and white interior. It has the highly sought after optioned engine with tri power. This car was born with the Powerglide automatic transmission, but it's been upgraded to the TH350 3-speed transmission and 3:36 positraction rear. Speaking of upgrades, it also features power disc brakes, Vintage Air A/C, new wiring harness, and original factory power steering. The interior has upgrades of a Flaming River chrome tilt steering column with shift lever, and Billet specialties 3 spoke steering wheel. Also added under the dash are three Sun Pro gauges. On the exterior to get that up to date look it has Riddler 20" five spoke chrome/black wheels. This 1960 Impala was also the first year of the popular "bubble top" roof.