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Family customizes Chevrolet Impala Wagon

A 1963 Chevrolet Impala Wagon was named the 2021 Custom Snap-on of the Year by the popular Goodguys auto show.

This custom Impala Wagon was brought to life by the Ranweiler family at their auto shop in Minnesota dubbed Show Cars Automotive. He had previously received the Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama and was named the winner of the SEMA Battle of the Builders competition.

Modifying this Impala Wagon took a long nine years. One of the most striking changes made to the car is the change to transform it from a four-door to a two-door, drastically altering the overall look of the car. In addition, the roof has been cut, further enhancing the overall appearance and elegance of the vehicle.

The windshield is steeper than a regular Impala Wagon and the B and C pillars are fully customised. The Show Cars Automotive shop also customized the Chevy's front fascia for a more streamlined appearance. In fact, the fenders, platform panel, center stand and inner fenders are all welded to the hood to create a seamless look. The car also has a reverse-opening hood, a bespoke grille and unique bumpers.

Extensive work was also done on the interior. For example, there's a Vintage Air climate control system, custom-dyed Italian leather from M&M Hot Rod Interiors, seats from the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, and pedals, handles, accessories and decor pieces that have been machined in-house.

The car gained a 509 cubic inch V8 engine with a Hilborn injection system that produces 600 hp. This engine is mated to a 4L60E transmission driving a nine-inch Ford rear.


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