Joe Previte's 1958 Chevrolet
1958 Chevrolet Impala restyled by Barris Kustoms for Joe Previte of Belmont, Massachusetts. One day Joe told his mother he was going out for a while. He and 2 other friends from Belmont wound up in Juarez, Mexico and later Hollywood, California where they met George Barris. At Barris Kustoms the convertible top was chopped three inches. The car was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles. The side trim was reworked and the center section was removed. Six 1959 Cadillac taillight lenses were fit to the stock taillight mounting positions. A hand made tubing grille was made and the hood was louvered. The Impala was lowered by heating the coils all around. When the car appeared in Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual, it was fit with reversed chrome wheels on wide white walls. The body was painted Candy Apple red. Eddie Martinez was responsible for the interior.
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