Color experts from Axalta Coating Systems in Glen Mills brought the shine of one of America’s most cherished classic cars back to life when they refinished the 1958 Chevrolet Impala from the 1972 movie American Graffiti for legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham.
“The paint was more than 40 years old and hadn’t been maintained. If it was left unprotected for much longer, the car would have just been bare metal,” Evernham said in a report from The Auto Channel.
“My longstanding relationship with Axalta allowed me to call on the industry’s best paint experts to evaluate the car, get recommendations, and subsequently restore a vehicle that was originally coated in obsolete lacquer material. Axalta’s color match ability played a primary role in making the car look just as it did in the movie.”
Axalta is now taking Evernham’s restored masterpiece on tour, as it’s set to be displayed in Axalta’s exhibit space at Goodguys Columbus from July 7-9 and the NSRA Nationals from Aug. 3-6.
Check out previous PIVOT Today coverage of the iconic Impala’s restoration here.