And it's a beauty.
There's no denying that the Chevrolet Impala of today is a far cry from the stylish convertible and coupe you could get back in the 60s. Everyone can agree that old Impalas are better than new ones, and their style will never go out of fashion. They're hugely popular especially in the world of donk cars and lowriders, but none of this really matters considering that the most recent version has been killed off anyway. So a 60s Impala is definitely the one you want, but few are quite as desirable as today's auction find: a 1963 Impala once owned by the late great Kobe Bryant.
If you know your Impalas, you'll be able to tell that this isn't one of those pristine museum pieces that has been preserved in its original form. Oh no, what we have here is a custom-built machine that was gifted to Bryant by his wife Vanessa as a Christmas gift back in 2006. It's one of the few custom transformations carried out by West Coast Customs (of Pimp My Ride infamy) that actually looks good. It did start out life as a pretty clean car too, being described as rust-free before West Coast Customs disassembled and blasted the car down to the bare metal.
A combination of purple and royal blue was mixed up by the masters at House of Kolor, and we think the finish is perfect, carrying elegance along with a hint of custom style. 13-inch 100-spoke Dayton wire wheels complete the exterior look while the interior was also redone, with WCC finishing the cabin in white leather studded with genuine Swarovski crystals offset by royal blue piping and carpets. There's also a trunk-mounted audio system with more audio paraphernalia than you'll ever need, and the engine was rebuilt with custom Edelbrock headers too. There's plenty more work in this car, so if you're interested in buying it, head over to Goldin Auctions. The current bid is at $160,000 with four days to go.