Stunning 1958 Chevy Impala is a Masterpiece Above All

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1958 Chevrolet Impala

Hailing from Japan, the highly detailed body work of this silver 1958 Impala was done using only automotive paint.

Chevrolet Forum is back from SEMA 2018, but we’re still bringing all of the coolest Bow Tie builds from all over the country. And when we saw this 1958 Impala, we nearly fell to our knees.

Presented by Kuhl Racing and Rohan-Izawa, this Japanese Impala is the masterwork of custom painter Takahiko Izawa. Every body panel on the car was painted with his special “metal” paint, then painstakingly engraved.

1958 Chevrolet Impala

According to the Japanese language version of his site, Izawa freehanded the designs on every inch of the Impala upon a thick coat of primer, and does so with perfect symmetry. He then uses a dedicated electric sculpting sword to carve the design out of the primer.

Other tools in Izawa’s box of tricks include masking tape, and a dedicated drill router for the circular designs. The Impala is then disassembled for the painting process, each part painted with a special paint Izawa first developed in the late 2000s.

1958 Chevrolet Impala

A car like this Impala belongs in a fine art museum, but we’re happy it was displayed at SEMA 2018.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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