Show Stopping 1965 Chevy Impala SS Pro Touring …
When we first saw the 1965 Chevy Impala SS Pro Touring it was being shown for the first time at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. Even in its nascient state it was eye popping. The pro touring creation was obviously built to show at a national level. (Follow this link to view dozens of detailed photos on Cars On Line.com.)
Pro Design Hot Rods out of Santa Clara, California was building it for a private rodder from Woodland Hills. They were so proud. Later we saw the 1965 Chevy Impala SS Pro Touring car at the Detroit Autorama in 2014 where it won the Alexander Brothers Award. And at Hot August Nights it was picked as one of the top cars in the Barrett-Jackson Cup competition. It has been featured twice at the SEMA convention and has won four Builders Choice awards. It has also been featured in two major magazines. This car has game.
It is not often that you see a car of this caliber offered for sale to the public. But this week it was listed for sale by R&H Motorcar Group from Solon, Ohio. R&H is an auto cartel of private collectors who buy and sell top level show cars and rare collectibles. They say this 1965 Chevy Impala SS Pro Touring show car is “one of the most impressive and well thought out cars we’ve had through our doors.” Like any top level show car it was built and refabricated from the ground up by Pro Design Hot Rods.
R&H tells us you could write a book about it if you were to go through and try to list all of the mods. Here are some of the highlights:
• An amazing build
• Multiple west coast awards
• 454 with Hilborn injection converted to EFI
• Custom three-tone paint
• All brushed nickel trim
• Beautiful interior with small touches everywhere
They say the 1965 Chevy Impala SS Pro Touring is a tribute to the ’58 Impala, the first Impala Chevrolet designed. It has the indent in the hood as a reminder of the ’58, and has been rounded at all four corners to pay homage to the original. It only has 444 miles on the car since it was built. And it gets its Pro Touring street credit from its Ridetech suspension.
The three-toned paint was done by Doug Starbuck, while the leather interior and trunk were done at Bill’s Hot Rod Upholstry. You’ll notice the Schott “one-off” wheels which were specially designed just for this car, matching the brushed nickel trim and bumpers. In the photos you’ll see the touch screen controlled sound system built into the custom dash and console with Autometer gauges. The HPC exhaust system is all custom designed with Dynaflow mufflers, headers and nicket tips.
Relocated headlights, custom roll pan, recessed roof treatment, recessed antenna, billet cowl scoop, three reservoir radiator, radiused hoot corners, recessed Lokar oval tail lights and much more all verify the incredible detail added to this build.