Only a look under the hood reveals the paper-thin aluminum bits-they almost feel carbon-fiberish when tapped on.
The car is now owned by Jon Been of Atlanta, and still looks as if it just rolled off the showroom floor. In its present trim, the Impala makes about 500 hp, with S&S headers and a Z-11 camshaft that were probably done sometime after the car was pulled out of storage in 1988.
"I've always been a fan of the early-'60s Impalas," Been says. "There's just something about them that clicks with me."
He also owns a '63 Impala SS convertible, in absolutely magnificent condition. We had the chance to fire the Zintsmaster up and take it on some, albeit slow, runs through the parking lot behind Been's place of business. With no mufflers, our ears rattled like a tambourine inside the peerless garage where the Impala is kept. The 409 powerplant sounds just as sweet as it must have during the heyday of its S/S racing.
"It's just amazing I could find this car," Been says. "It's damn awesome."