Stunning 1958 Chevy Impala is a Masterpiece Above All
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.
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.
A car like this Impala belongs in a fine art museum, but we’re happy it was displayed at SEMA 2018.