The Impala was originally purchased by Wade and Villa
Hilton of Binger Oklahoma in July of 1959 from Evans Chevrolet. Dennis and
Sharon are the current and second owners this classic Chevy Impala. They
purchased the Impala from Aunt Villa in December of 1999 about two years after
the passing of Dennis’ uncle. Dennis’
Uncle Wade owned an auto parts store and wrecker service in Binger and usually
drove the wrecker or just walked to work.
The Chevy was purchased without power
steering, power brakes or air conditioning which probably is the reason it has
so few miles on the car. The Hiltons bought a new Oldsmobile in 1975 with all
the bells and whistles, which lead to the Impala sitting in a garage for over
twenty five years. Thus, the speedometer reading of 57,443 original miles on
the day Dennis brought the Impala by the Old Gasoline Station in the Oklahoma
Territorial Plaza in Perkins Oklahoma.
Listed as options on the classic: V8 Engine
$185, Powerglide Transmission $75, Oil Filter $15, Radio $58.25, E-Z Eye Glass
$40, Deluxe Heater $30, and Whitewall Tires $8.50.
The Wades ordered the two door Impala Sport Coupe with
a 283 V8 and Powerglide transmission. In 1959 the 283 cubic inch V8 with a two
barrel carburetor delivered 185 horsepower at 4200 RPMS and 275 pounds feet of
torque at 2200 RPMS.
Dennis credits Barry Parish of the Auto Clinic in Edmond Oklahoma for the complete overhaul to
the 283 V8, complete brake job, new dual exhaust system,
practically every seal replaced, radiator repair, heater core repair, and turn
The 1959 Impala Sport Coupe was General
Motors most elegant Impala. From the winged shaped of its rear deck to the
simple elegance of its grille, this car was fresh, fine and fashionable
according to Chevrolet advertisement. Customers got what they wanted, more
spacious interiors, vast new areas of visibility, a longer lasting finish and
great economy. As you can see, the original paint on this classic is still in
The interior is still just as it came from the factory
in 1959 with the original red upholstery, carpet, steering wheel, and gages.
Dennis says that the original clear plastic
seat covers, which had protected the originals for all of those years, were
removed in the summer of 2000.
Notice the unobstructed, wide angle of view from the
rear window of this classic Chevy!
What a grand vehicle to tour the USA classic
highway Route 66!
The Late Great Chevy sets on Firestone 7.50-14 wide whitewall
tires just like the ones it originally came with and the original wheels and original
The 1959 Chevrolet was completely different from
the 1958 and
was a one year only design. The rear end has wings resembling a seagull and
under the wings are the famous taillights that appeared to be "cat eyes".
Dennis and Sharon Doughty are sincerely commended
for the care, the love and dedication in preserving this wonderful classic car
for the rest of us to enjoy! Their 1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe is truly a Great Oklahoma Classic.
The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers
appreciate Dennis and Sharon Doughty of Edmond Oklahoma for sharing their
unrestored original 1959 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe as our Great Oklahoma
Classic for September 2015!