CANDY RED IMPALA
Another Barris Custom recreation is underway. This time it is the 1959 Chevy Impala originally owned by Norman Wesp from Anoha, Minnesota.
in November 2013 the Vescios Customizing shop posted some photos of the new candy red paint on their Facebook page. At first we thought that the original Barris Chevy had been found and completely restored. But it soon turned out that a stock 1959 Chevy was used to recreate the Norman Wesp Barris Kustoms created custom from the early 1960’s.
A pretty decent shaped 1959 Chevy was found by Byron W. Bode and used as the base for the recreation. The body was fine tuned and customized in a similar way as the Barris shop did so many years ago. When all the work was done the team put on the wonderful new candy Apple Red Paint job.
Norman Wesp took his 1959 Chevy Impala to the Barris shop to have the Barris Team create a wonderful mild Chevy Custom for him.
The Barris shop reshaped the front of the car. They filled in the hood air scoops, extended the hood ends and rounded the corners on it. The grille was replaced with a 1954 Chevy units with 21 teeth flanked with the stock 1959 Chevy headlights. At the back the taillight housings were reshaped and filled with 1957 DeSoto station wagon taillight lenses. Emblems were shaved, but the door handles remained on the car. Barris painted the car Candy Red.
21010 Commerce Blvd. Suite E
Rogers, MN. 55374
Update April 11, 2015
The finished Chevy debuts at the 2015 GSTA (Gopher State Timing Association) 59th ANNUAL CAR SHOW. The car has been finished with a few details different from how we know it from the magazines back in the early 1960’s. The car has been lowered a little further and is now running on chrome reserve wheels. Mark Moriarity and John Tretten took a few photos of the car at Set Up day at the GSTA show. Hopefully we will be able to show you some more outdoor photos of this Chevy Recreation at a later date.
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