The late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s 1963 Chevy Impala will hit the auction block later this week. The tricked-out and famed piece of work will likely sell for upwards of $250,000 according to TMZ Sports. Bryant owned the car from 2006 to around 2013 but definitely left his mark on her before letting her go.
In fact, his wife Vanessa Bryant took the car into West Coast Customs in 2006 to get it all fixed up. She planned to give it to Kobe Bryant as a Christmas gift. Well, the fellas from “Pimp My Ride” certainly delivered as the 1963 Chevy Impala came back looking like a car from Grand Theft Auto.
When Kobe Bryant got it back, the 1963 Chevy Impala had a rebuilt engine, installed hydraulics, and a custom paint job. They painted the car a deep laker purple just for Kobe. They also upgraded the sound system so the car could bump down Sunset Boulevard like a true superstar. The car truly looked like it belonged in a late ’90s west coast rap music video.
However, that’s not the end of the 1963 Chevy Impala’s huge makeover. The beautiful car also had its interior completely redone with all white leather and royal blue trim. It also has legitimate crystals studded into the seats. The carpets have Kobe Bryants iconic number 8 stitched into them on the floorboards. Here’s how the Barrett-Jackson Auction House described the car.
“The interior was beautifully re-worked, with all new white leather upholstery studded with genuine Swarovsky crystals and offset by royal blue piping and carpets.”
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This beautiful 1963 Chevy Impala will change ownership again for the first time since Kobe Bryant let go of it in 2013. Back then, the Barrett-Jackson Auction House took care of the change of the guard. Now, Goldin Auctions will do the honors for the legendary and historic vehicle.
The seller remains anonymous, but the car is located in Indiana. Whoever can fork over the cash highest will be responsible for retrieving the 1963 Chevy Impala once the sale ends a week from yesterday. The auction has gone live and the car already has a $100,000 bid. However, Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions estimates the car will sell for upwards of $250,000. So, if you want to drive off in a car that Kobe Bryant drove, go ahead and put your bids in now. But that bid better beat $250,000.