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Bespoke Chevy Impala Makes an Appearance at Tokyo Auto Salon

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Each year, the Tokyo Auto Salon spotlights the latest in Japan’s auto technology solutions and decorated car parts. Held at Makuhari Messe, one of the country’s largest convention centers located in Chiba-city, this year’s event debuted a variety of cool vehicles from Japanese manufacturers and aftermarket tuners. One of these creative cars was the Kuhl Racing/Rohan Metal Chevrolet Impala.


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It’s all in the details

This 1958 model incorporated metallic paint and custom diamond engraving from Rohan Izawa Art Design for an intricately-designed exterior. It’s just one of the latest manifestations of artist Takahiko Izawa’s self-invented metal paint and a unique engraving technique that he applies to vehicle body surfaces. Per ClassicCars.com contributor Larry Edsall, Izawa spent hours employing stencils and sculpting the painted surfaces of the Impala to achieve a shiny, 3D effect. The paint is also resistant to bleaching out and darkening due to UV exposure.

Check out the video clip below from the car’s appearance at SEMA 2018. It gives a brief glimpse at the level of detail that went into crafting this piece of art.

A spectrum of possible exteriors

This ’58 Chevy Impala shatters the notion that the Impala is just a practical, family-friendly sedan. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be seen cruising down the road in this chrome-and-purple classic car?

However, if you prefer a more understated version of the Impala, this sedan is definitely worth checking out. Find out more about the specs and features of the 2019 Impala by viewing the model overview for it here.

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News Sources: Motor Trend, The ClassicCars.com Journal