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Ridler Award Winner Named at 2015 Detroit Autorama

Don and Elma Voth’s 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS, “The Imposter,” was just awarded the prestigious Ridler Award at the 2015 Detroit Autorama.

“The Imposter” was designed by Chip Foose, who wanted to build a ground-up custom that would handle like a modern muscle car.

According to Foose’s website, “Customer Don Voth and his wife Elma [Abbotsford, Bristish Columbia] drove a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS on their honeymoon and they wanted to recreate that memory. The idea was to pay tribute to that car with a ground-up custom, but also have it handle like a modern machine. Once complete, theyโ€™ll be able to relive the early days of their marriage as they cruise.”

Foose dropped a ’65 Impala body on a new 2009 Corvette chassis for the build, which he has reportedly worked on since at least 2008.

Enjoy these pic of “The Imposter” from Detroit Autorama, courtesy of Championship Auto Shows, Inc.

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Imposter 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS

1965 Impala SS The Imposter

1965 Impala SS The Imposter

1965 Impala SS The Imposter

1965 Impala SS The Imposter

1965 Impala SS The Imposter

Chip Foose The Imposter

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10 Comments

  1. Why are these giant wheel rims used on everything, they are distracting and don’t match the style of the car. Why doesn’t anyone see this espesionally Chip Foose.

  2. Gary Nixon says:

    Weldon, I agree. Rubber bands just often go over the top for me too.

    How about some moderation, car builders?

  3. Could not have been won by a better car builder and human, Chip Foose!!!

  4. boulonman says:

    Not to nitpick, but I agree w/you guys. 22″ rims do look on certain vehicles, usually later models, especially trucks, suvs….etc…They do clash w/the classic curves of pre-70’s collectible muscle cars…Weldon’s description of “rubber-band” tires is cleverly astute & comical..Not sure if he coined it, but I’ll certainly add it to my auto-repertoire ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ That being said, this ride is drop-dead stunning down to the last bolt…Fosse as always captures the essence of these timeless classic rides w/modern day tech.He doesnt think out of the box, he decimates it !!! Kudos to all who keep these gems alive & well for generations to come….

  5. Michel L Marion says:

    MLM
    I agree ,beautiful car, less the wheels and rubber bands.However I don’t beleive the owners will get that “65 Impala feel sitting behind that dash. Should have spent more time reworking original look and add consoles etc.

  6. who did the leather interior work??

  7. Jack gibbons says:

    Looks ok but I agree wheels are to big needs old chevy rallies on it

  8. tony moes garage fl says:

    i don’t agree as far as the size of the wheels 22inches is pretty moderate considering what other guys are doing its the style that that doesn’t look right chrome is been out of style a deep dish brushed aluminum face polished lip classy not flashy chrome that takes your aye away from the beautiful car is what would I would have chosen love you foose but I call it like I see it.

  9. Chip Foose is a genius. This Impala is proof of it. End of story.

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