Buddy Holly’s 1958 Impala

It was 50 years ago today that Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as “The Big Bopper” died tragically in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Holly only owned one car in his life, a 1958 Impala that he had his friend and agent Norman Petty purchase on December 18, 1957 from Meadors-Stewart Chevrolet in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly purchased the car so he could have safe transportation for the 100 mile commute between Holly’s home in Lubbock,Texas and the recording studio in Clovis. The car cost a total of $2627.51. It was in Clovis where Holly reportedly tossed his keys to a fellow musician telling him he could use the car until he returned from his tour.

Here is the story of Holly’s Impala that resurfaced several years ago:

4 Responses to “Buddy Holly’s 1958 Impala”

  1. Rob Johnson says:

    Great post on Holly’s Impala. Any mention of this one going up for auction?

  2. admin says:

    I’m not sure what happened to the car. I read one rumor that it was restored and in a museum but I couldn’t find any information to substantiate.

  3. Michael says:

    Nice blog. Still looking at some of the other posts here, but thought I would do a little research of my own to help you on this one. From what I discovered, there was a newspaper article written for the Lubbock, Texas Newspape in 1999 by Chris Mc Loone. He claims it was given to the owner of the owner of the 1950’s Lubbock Radio Station…Bill Clement.

  4. Bob Lee says:

    You can contact the owner at KDAV radio in Lubbock, Texas.

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