Early Chevrolet Impala
The Chevrolet Impala has been around for decades. When it was first released in 1958, it was the most expensive car of its time. Today, the Chevrolet Impala is the all-time best-selling car in American history. The first generation Chevy Impala was introduced in 1958, and was available as coupes and convertibles.
That first year 55,989 convertibles and 125,480 coupes were built. The Chevy Impala became the number one car in terms of sales that year, despite being released while America was in a recession. The second generation Impalas came out in 1959 and 1960. This Impala had a modified exterior, borrowing ideas from the Buick and Oldsmobile, as well as Pontiac.
The second generation Impala also came with roomier interior. This second generation Impala also came in different body styles, 5 different styles in all. There was a 2 door convertible, 2 door coupe, 2 door hardtop, 4 door hardtop, and a 4 door sedan. Each car came with its own style of transmission ranging from 3 speed manual to 2 speed power glide.
Third Generation Chevrolet Impala
The third generation Impala was introduced in 1961 and was produced until 1964. This generation Impala had a more trim and boxy look. The body types were a 2 door convertible, 2 door coupe, 2 door hard top, 4 door hard top, 4 door sedan, and, for the first time, a 4 door station wagon. Many people kept their 1963 Chevy Impala as they became more and more of a collectible item.
1967 Chevrolet Impala
Chevy felt they had to make a big splash with their fourth generation impala which came out in 1965 and lasted until 1970. They redesigned the whole car to look like a totally new series.
The response was as high as the anticipation. The Chevy Impala sold more than 1 million units in America, a record which has never been topped by any other car company.
This fourth generation was the generation of the iconic 1967 Chevy Impala. This was the first year Chevy introduced an Impala with the turbo thrift I6 engines, and also the turbo fire v8 engines. In 1964 the very popular Impala SS hardtop coupe also sold very well. The fifth generation Chevy Impala focused on becoming more stylish by adding a grill to the front of the car. Chevy also focused on making the engine better, by introducing a 250 inline six engine, and a new turbo jet 400 v8 engine.
The All-American Car
Throughout the years Chevy has managed to make a great all-American car, which has been able to change with the times. Always bettering itself, the Chevy has been able to learn from what it did before, and make strategic improvements in order to grow the Impala brand. With its many different styles, the Chevy Impala has a version for everyone, from the people who like hard tops to people who like convertibles, from sports type cars to family sedans. The Chevy Impala has represented what American cars are all about for over 50 years. All generations of Chevy impala have introduced something new, which has helped the car industry go forward.
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