“Angie” – Larry Debevec’s ’61 Impala

"Angie" - Larry Debevec's 1961 Chevy Impala SS feathered in The BLOCK! The automotive community is a special place. Many families across the nation, and the world for that matter, are passionate about automobiles. What some families view as only a tool to get from point A to point B, many others consider to be a member of the family.

Larry Debevec's 1961 Chevy Impala SS (aka, "Angie")

Larry Debevec's 1961 Chevy Impala SS (aka, "Angie")

The automotive community is a special place. Many families across the nation, and the world for that matter, are passionate about automobiles. What some families view as only a tool to get from point A to point B, many others consider to be a member of the family. That passion tends to pass through from generation to generation, creating a lifelong relationship between the automobile and the people.

LMC Member Larry Debevec enjoying his 1961 Chevy Impala SS
Lowcountry Muscle Car (LMC) member Larry Debevec, from Summerville, South Carolina, is a perfect example of this sort of passion. While growing up in northeast Pennsylvania, Larry’s parents drove a 1961 two-tone Arbor Green/Seafoam Green Impala Sport Sedan for nine years. As his mother’s all-time favorite car, Larry grew to love that Impala, and automobiles in general. This love of cars manifested itself into a job at a local Chevrolet dealer as a teenage boy. Starting off by cleaning up after the mechanics, Larry eventually learned how to work on and maintain cars at that Chevy dealer, and at the young age of 15, Larry rebuilt his first engine, a 2.7L flat six from a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza.

Angie's LS3 Connect and Cruise engine from Chevrolet Performance.
Since the car was finished in March of 2015, Larry has put over 14,000 miles on his ‘61 Impala. That’s right, Larry has put over 14,000 miles on the car during the course of five months! He and his wife have driven all over the country, from coast to coast, in his ‘61 he affectionately named Angie in honor of his late mother. We have a feeling she is smiling down on Larry and his ‘61, proud of her son for indulging in the automotive passion that has been with the family for generations. Larry is the epitome of what we love about the automotive community. He built this meaningful car in honor of his mother and uses it as a tool to drive all over the country, enjoying his retirement with his family. This sort of passion is exactly what keeps us all in the automotive community going, and why we love people like Larry so much. By now, he probably has many more miles on the Impala and we can’t wait to find out where Larry goes next. Larry’s Impala, Angie, is garage kept of course, and beside it in the garage is a special 1967 Chevelle. At the age of 16, Larry bought a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. This SS, nicknamed “The Shovel”, is a bone stock 396 convertible with a 4 speed and 4:11 gears. With a black over Bolero red paint job, this car was truly a looker and not many 16-year-olds can say they drove such an impressive ride. The cool part about this ‘67 SS is that Larry still drives it to this day, being that it is all original and in great condition. Read more....

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