You can say anything that you want about Chip Foose and all the scandals he has been involved in, but this man really knows how to build a wonderful car, especially when the classic bodies meet the new technology. Now you can greet the 1965 Impala “Impostor”, which is a project that took a time to finish it and also won the 2015 Ridler Award at the annual Autorama held in Detroit, Chip’s 4th.
This car belongs to Elma and Don of Abbotsford, British Colombia. They desired something that resembled the Impala that they drove on their honeymoon to Disneyland. Don bought the car when he was 17, so loving memories are bound to be involved.
Old school Muscle meets the New School Hustle
Rather than using a certain Impala chassis, Chip decided to purchase a 2008 C6 Corvette and he spend a lot of his time in stripping it down to where the body of the Impala should fit. Because this is Foose, nothing is left stock, so the modifications were made all over the place – flushed exhaust tips, chopped roof, chrome delete and many others.
The body of the Impala was shortened 14 inches – about 8 inches from the roof, and 6 inches from the trunk and rear quarter panels. But it is not really that small, because the frame of the Corvette had to be stretched 8 in. to fit.
The LS3 V8 engine get a Magnuson supercharged and also one of those awesome engine covers painted like the vehicle and shaped as a bird beak.
Ridler cars are built to a completely other level of perfection. Even those things that can’t be seen, like the rear axle or transmission case had to be matched to the style of the car and finished perfectly.
Foose said that they are not building their dream car, they are building Elma and Don’s dream car. Their goal was to make every dream come true, and one of their dreams was to win the Ridler and now they just did that.