From this air-ride and 808-thumping beast, Kobe’s previous taste in cars was not quite as universally refreshing as his favorite brand of soda, which is Sprite, by the way. Painted a hideous purple/blue blend and with Cheech and Chong-style low-rider wheels: this nasty custom is really an L.A. special.
The 100-spoke, 13-inch wheels and the interior are reasonably well done, but watching the West Coast Customs ’ brain trust on cable TV does not inspire confidence in one inch of the engine mechanicals, handling, reliability, performance or value of this 1963 Impala SS.
This example is for sale at $100,000 even, with over 700 people watching the auction and dozens of offers already rejected. No word if West Coast Customs would do a barter deal for tutoring and (maybe!) get these artistic geniuses a GED certificate or two.
Click past the jump to take a fantastic voyage in Kobe’s baller Impala , which might even come with a grumpy meet/greet with Jesse James.
This Impala SS Convertible was one of the longest and most revered GM cars from the early 1960s. Its styling shows a period of transition for all car styling, with some blocky features like JFK’s 1961 Lincoln Continental but also the wide and flat grille from years later for most cars.
The fully chromed-out trims here make it hard to tell what is original on this Impala SS, versus added, painted or changed by West Coast Customs.
Typically, any car modified to this extent becomes basically worthless after about a decade. Shoddy workmanship and lack of experience is usually to blame.
The interior is starting to show signs of deterioration already, which does not bode well. The white leather and vinyl trims are all filthy dirty and coming apart in places like the door panels.
The dashboard and gauges themselves look pristine, and are likely reproductions, not original parts. Another strike against this Impala’s value, unfortunately.
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
Under the hood is the 327-cubic-inch, small-block V-8 engine that came standard with the six-three Impala SS with a "custom" carburetor, headers and an exhaust system. Unfortunately, there is no mention of which 327 it is, so there is no way to know just how much pop this thing really has.
An autobox at least makes driving the big beast pretty simple, but this is still a long and low car on an aftermarket air-ride suspension. Since Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover have a hard time making their air suspensions last for more than 5 years, we are a little skeptical on this one.
This custom lowrider is for sale on eBay for $100,000.
You can take the Impala SS away from Kobe Bryant, but can you take the Kobe out of the Impala? Despite all these harsh critiques of this purple stallion, there is a slim market for these types of machines, given the ’65 Impala SS is climbing the collectable car list. Too bad this puppy doesn’t have the 409 ci V-8, then we may even be enticed to pop in a bid.
- Pristine body and interior to work with
- All the WCC custom work is very much removable
- Hydraulics are so 1999
- 13-inch wheels, really?
Kobe Bryant’s 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Lowrider by West Coast Customs
Built by West Coast Customs late 2006 as a Christmas Gift to Kobe Bryant from his wife Vanessa. This one of a kind 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Lowrider is now being offered for sale.
Paint and Body - West Coast Customs applied House of Kolor Purple / Royal Blue Blend.
Interior - WCC White Leather Seats with Royal Blue Piping and Crystal Bezels, Royal Blue Carpeting, and Royal Blue Soft Top (with White Leather Tonneau Cover). Color Matched Purple Dashboard and Convertible Arms. WCC "8" Floormats.
Engine / Drivetrain - 327ci V8 (rebuilt with approximately 23k miles) mated to an Automatic Transmission. Custom Carburetor, Headers, and Exhaust.
Wheels - 13" 100 Spoke Dayton Wire Wheels with Color Matched Spokes. Disc Brake Conversion.
Stereo - Complete WCC Package with Custom Headunit, Speakers, Tweeters, Subwoofers, and Amps.
Hydraulics - 4 switch Setup with a pair of Pro Hopper "Envious Touch" Pumps, 3 Adel Dumps, 6 inch Front and 12 inch Rear Cylinders, Eight Solenoids, and 8 Batteries (10 Total). WCC Reinforced Suspension with a Rear Coil-Over Setup.
Complete restoration on a rust-free vehicle, taken down to bare metal prior to painting. The car was completely disassembled prior to paint and reassembled using new glass, re-plated chrome and new stainless steel trim pieces. Very Recent Tuneup and Complete Battery Replacement.
Sale Includes Bryant’s Registration, Insurance Card and Title for this Vehicle.
SOLD AS-IS, WHERE-IS. Buyer is responsible for paying all local tax and DMV related fees. Financing available OAC, Please inquire PRIOR to bidding. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.