Many of you will agree that the Chevrolet Impala personifies the Lowriding lifestyle. Introduced in 1958, the Impala’s unique body styles and lowered stance up and until 1976, are a step away compared to the more conservative design of Chevy’s the last 35 years or so. Today, that shape is precisely what draws the Lowriding culture to that model of car, which is highly coveted in the scene.
The 1964 Impala in particular, is the most sough-out model/year partly due to its own popular culture highlighted in Hollywood films and west coast rap songs and videos. The ‘64 Super Sport (SS) and the elusive convertible are even more exclusive. Due to its traditional design and shape, customization is usually simplified as the body style alone speaks for itself.
The ’64 Chevy Impala could be called the “King” within the Lowrider culture and sport, so we compiled a list of the top 10 most popular features based on website popularity over the past decade – the builds you clicked on most. From Jason Johnston’s chromed out “Southern Smoke” Impala, to Andy Rodriguez’s snakeskin green ’64, the features below are all unique builds that turn heads wherever they go.
At the end you will also find a few show winning Legends we had to give props to.
1964 Chevrolet Impala | Southern Smoke
Article excerpt: “When Jason bought his car, it was a solid builder that he purchased through eBay. He paid $2,000 for it and within five years on a modest income, he was able to turn it into the Lowrider of his dreams. Before long, the Impala was equipped with a new GM Performance small block 350, Street and Performance serpentine pulleys, an air cleaner, and valve covers. Jason kept the engine running cool courtesy of a BeCool radiator and with aluminum and paint throughout the engine compartment; the car's lines were hard- lined.”
Why we love it: “Ever since Jason picked up his first magazine off of a friend's coffee table back in '92, he always dreamed that he would build a car of the magazine's caliber but never imagined that one day he would be reading about it.”
Full article: 1964 Chevrolet Impala - Southern Smoke
1964 Chevrolet Impala and 1984 Buick Regal | Catch Me 64 and the Aftermath
Article excerpt: “The car was pulled off the frame and fully reinforced, and was also given a four link extension to allow the car to lock up high so it could show off the fully engraved and chrome undercarriage done by Castanieda Engraving. The car also received a Street Life hydraulic setup, which allowed the car to hit back bumper and tower over the competition.”
Why we love it: “This father and son build was done in just 26 days, as Spike has become a G-Body expert; thanks to the many he has built over the years. This project was no different than any number of frame-off custom cars that Gator Customs cranks out on a daily basis.”
Full article: 1964 Chevrolet Impala and 1984 Buick Regal - Catch Me 64 and the Aftermath
1964 Chevrolet Impala | The Money Pit
Article excerpt: “Andy was able to convince his grandfather to sell his prized possession - as long as it was guaranteed to stay in the family. Andy happily obliged his grandfather's wish, although once the car was in his care, he was determined to give it a complete makeover.”
Why we love it: “He turned to Jerry Richardson for the metal work and then Danny Ray for the snakeskin green paint. The final touch came when his father, Art, who owns a custom interior shop, called Rod's Designs, decided to add a new twist. The team got to work replacing the stock interior with a full custom hot rod-inspired cabin from front to back.”
Full article: 1964 Chevrolet Impala - The Money Pit
1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible | Patron
Article excerpt: “While some builders are lucky to be able to outsource their builds to experts, others with fewer resources have to build their Lowriders the old fashioned way; by doing the work themselves. One of these tried-and-true Lowriders is Jose Cornejo.”
Why we love it: “Having never built or owned a vehicle like this one, Jose stresses the importance of the learning process this journey provided him. ‘I learned how to do metal and body work in the process of building my car, and it took a lot of trial and error, but I was determined to build my car myself.”
Full article: 1964 Chevrolet Impala Convertible – Patron
1964 Chevrolet Impala | Respect Few, Fear None
Article excerpt: “Even though she was brought up around classic cars, it wasn't until she met her husband, Robert, that she really became passionate about them. ‘He opened a whole new world to me,’ says an excited Vanessa. ‘He showed me the time and effort that is put into Lowriders and how to enjoy the process of building a piece of artwork that can be driven in the streets.”
Why we love it: “The surprise hasn't lost any luster to Vanessa. ‘I love my car. My husband can get in his car and go with the boys, while I can drop the top on mine and go cruising with my girls,’ she explains. ‘Robert likes his car real flashy but I like mine the way it is. It has an original look while still having a 'wow factor' to it.”
Full article: 1964 Chevrolet Impala - Respect Few, Fear None