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Chevrolet Impala 4-d HT 283 — 1959

The 1959 Impala with a flattop hardtop and four doors is an incredibly cool and sought-after car. This particular one is in nice condition, featuring a wonderful interior and free of any rust issues.

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"Delightful full-size fin that gives a very nice original impression of being an everyday Impala from LA in the late fifties."

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Rebecca R Bengtsson
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"Delightful full-size fin that gives a very nice original impression of being an everyday Impala from LA in the late fifties."


It was delivered to its first owner in April 1959, Mr. John Lillie at 300 E 25th St in Los Angeles. His wife, Vivian Lillie, owns it anyway as late as 1980, if the few documents we have found are correct. On April 7, 2009, it was registered in Sweden, received the registration number RBB 820, and at the same time, a control inspection was also carried out. There are no Swedish license plates and no other documentation or records left with the owner. A new owner will have to order new plates from the Swedish Transport Agency.

The car comes from the Sandahl collections, which Bilweb Auctions AB will sell in early spring under four different themes; first out some of the family's popular workhorses, mainly Mercedes, Volkswagen, and a joker, then half a dozen exclusive fine Rolls-Royce and Jaguar and then a selection of early Ford cars and a Chevrolet from the infancy and youth of motoring. Last out will be 7 USA cars, of which 5 are representative full-size USA cars from GM's model year 1959, the year when the fins were the largest.

Sandahls is today one of Sweden's largest family-owned transport conglomerates. The company was founded in Värnamo in 1949. Older generations have in their private museum for many years collected around 40 cars under different themes. Bilweb Auctions AB has now been commissioned to sell these in four rounds in February, March, and April this year.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    32 526 miles 
  • Kw / hp
    97 / 132 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour


  • Mechanical condition:

    After a recent start up service, the engine and transmission are running smoothly. Both front brake hoses were replaced, and adjustments made to the brakes, though it's advised to change all brake shoes. A new battery has been fitted. Power steering functions well, but the car lacks electric windows. The last inspection in 2009 noted a few issues (see attached picture). It comes with stylish chrome hubcaps and durable older tires. The exhaust system installed appears to be newer but might not be the original standard fit for the car.

  • Interior condition:

    Interior is well-maintained, featuring very nice bench seats without any damage, as well as the door cards, headliner, and carpets. The dashboard and gauges are also in good condition, including an original radio that powers on but does not function. Points to note include a bit of loose vinyl on the rear door armrest and a missing foot pad on the gas pedal (details in pictures). The boot space is clean and orderly.

  • Exterior condition:

    Bodywork is in good condition, straight with no damage or rust, and features a clean underbody. The paintwork has a nice finish with just a few small marks that would benefit greatly from a polish. The chrome detailing around the car is generally in good condition despite a few minor marks. Notably, the front upper chrome trim around the bonnet has some small dents, and the mesh is also dented (details visible in pictures).

  • General condition:

    This car, having spent the last 20 years mostly displayed in a museum and seldom driven, stands solid and visually appealing. It needs some minor mechanical attention to be ready for its upcoming inspection. A polish will undoubtedly restore its amazing appearance.

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Avst 1999-11-19 (Förreg)
Ursprungsbesiktning: 2009-04-07 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: (590101)
Senast godkända besiktning: 2009-04-07
Besiktigad tom: 2011-04-30
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Ja
Antal ägare: -

Facts about the model

The 1959 Chevrolet Impala is an iconic American classic, marking the first year of the Impala as a stand-alone model after its introduction as a trim level for the Bel Air in 1958. The 1959 model showcased a radical departure in design from the previous year, embodying the pinnacle of late 1950s automotive excess with its bold, space-age styling.

Characterized by its horizontal fins, distinct teardrop taillights, and a "flying wing" roofline for the two-door models, the '59 Impala exuded style and sophistication. Unlike the sharp tailfins of its contemporaries, the Impala opted for a more subdued, yet equally striking, approach. This model year also introduced the "cat's eye" headlights, contributing to its aggressive, yet elegant appearance.

Available in a variety of body styles, including sedans, coupes, and convertibles, the Impala offered something for everyone. Under the hood, buyers could choose from an array of engines, ranging from the economical inline-six to the powerful V8, complemented by options for manual or automatic transmissions.

The interior of the 1959 Impala was equally impressive, featuring luxurious materials, generous seating, and an advanced (for the time) control layout. Its spacious cabin and high level of comfort made it a popular choice among American families and enthusiasts of performance-oriented cars alike.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Sandared

For viewing the vehicle, contact the inspector/case manager:

Shaun Major
+46 709-72 40 07

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Collection must take place before: 2024-04-18.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

Auction information

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