When Chip Foose debuted the “Impression” Roadster, it won the Ridler and then America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. It was designed and built to be the ultimate expression of what a mid 1930’s roadster could be. Winning both of these awards with one car shows just how successful the design is, but seeing this one in person at a show only gives you a glimpse of what it is really all about. Watching this video will let you inside elements you couldn’t otherwise see or fathom. Keep in mind, this car was completed in 2005 and yet looks like someone could have built it today. Watch, cause this thing is cool as hell.
Here is what the Foose Team has to say about it in the description for this video.
“Impression”, a hand built roadster with removable top, is perhaps the finest vehicle to come out of Foose Design. Based on a unique Chip Foose design, the objective was to create the perfect styling for a mid-30’s roadster. It contains over 4,000 individual hand built parts, which were machined and fabricated. In fact, only 3 OEM parts can be found on the vehicle: the LS1 engine, the transmission and the center section of the rear end. In this video, Chip Foose tours you around “Impression” in comprehensive detail. He shares stories, designs, pictures, renderings and background on the build and intimately discusses the major sections of the vehicle including the “Flatisphere” Engine, Custom Interior, Grille, Headlights, Taillights, Bumpers, One- Off Wheels, Custom Cut Tires, Trunk & more. In order to thoroughly examine the Undercarriage, the vehicle is lifted on a rack as Chip runs you through the custom design elements of the Frame, Suspension, Exhaust, Rear End & more. Amazingly there was more time spent on the underside of the vehicle than on the top exterior. “Impression” took 7 years to complete and has captured awards in every competition it has entered, including the Ridler Award and America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.