Selling an Original ’62 Impala to Buy a ’59 Impala Project

There's Something About a Big-Body Classic Doused in Brandywine That's Both Timeless and Mesmerizing

When lineman Sal Herrera was working on the frame-off resto of his 1962 Impala something just didn’t feel right. He then realized early on that his heart was really set on a 1959 so he went with his gut instinct, ditched his 1962, and went on the hunt. After months of scanning through classified ads and looking for the perfect project 1959, he wound up in Spokane, Washington, where he found the car of his dreams.

With the car finally at home, he kicked off the celebration by slapping on a set of 13-inch OG Zenith wire wheels with crosslaced spokes, and then in the following weeks installed two JL subs mated to hidden Fosgate amps. Now when it came down to getting the stance he wanted, he opted for air instead of juice, and went with a custom AccuAir setup complete with custom copper lines.

In all, it’s definitely a mild setup, but the quality of the workmanship found all throughout the car makes this a clean and impeccable build. But what really got us was the color combo he chose. The custom candy brandywine mix from House of Kolor is accented with custom fades and accent pinstriping, which is what really sets this car off. The paint is incredibly deep and pictures do this car absolutely no justice at all. The fade and color combo helps accent the elegant lines of the 1959 and it’s one of the finest color combos we’ve seen on this year Impala yet.

Moving on inside, the all-white interior provides a great contrast to the rich exterior. It sports brandy piping as well as custom patterns found throughout, and it offers a fresh appeal that is bright, inviting and not for the faint of heart.

As a child, Mr. Herrera was always around cars. He remembers the times when he used to build and repair cars with his pops and now he’s carrying on the tradition with a build of epic proportions. With a ride this clean, you can’t help but envy the finished product and it has all come to life because of his dedication, passion, and love for lowriding. As with all builds, it’s a dedication to a culture, to a craft, and to a style that speaks volumes about our industry. In short, it’s a labor of love that has plenty of stories behind each build and this is yet another great example of why our scene is alive and well.

1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

Vehicle Nickname

Lucky ’59

Owner

Sal Herrera

City/State

Roseville, CA

Club

Impalas, Sacramento chapter

Engine

348 big-block with 3×2 barrel and chrome air filter and valve covers

Body/Paint

Marcos Garcia of Lucky 7 Customs in Antioch, CA, sprayed this House of Kolor candy brandywine with fades nearly 20 years ago. Danny D of Baldwin Park, CA, added red striping to the 1959.

Suspension

Sal installed the AccuAir setup in his Frame Offz Kustom Shop in Roseville, CA, with two Viair 480 compressors, AccuAir controls, Dominator airbags, and polished copper hard lines.

Interior

Bob Divine in Pittsburg, CA, added the white vinyl interior with burgundy trim.

Sound

Sal installed the Alpine deck with Rockford Fosgate amplifiers, Pioneer mids, and JL Audio subwoofers.

Wheels/Tires

13-inch cross-laced Zenith wire wheels with Premium Sportways 5.20s