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• Engine & chassis specifications included
• Covers optional equipment, racing involvement
• Detailed, close-up of the various engines offered
• Chevrolet production facts and figures from 1958-1970
• Focus on all of the Chevrolet Impala bodystyles
• Previously unpublished images of fully restored Impalas
• Images sourced from period advertisements and brochures
• Images of rarer performance versions
• Descriptive, detailed text on annual model changes, period road test stats & references when new
• Highlights distinctive styling cues
This book examines the evolution of the popular Chevrolet Impala, from the late 1950s ‘specialty’ vehicle to Chevrolet’s best-selling, iconic model in North America. Includes full specifications, rarer performance models, industry facts and figures and optional equipment through detailed text, advertising images, and original photographs.
This book examines the evolution of the popular Chevrolet Impala from the late 1950s stylish ‘specialty’ vehicle to become Chevrolet’s best-selling, iconic model in North America. This volume focuses on specifications, rarer performance models, industry facts and figures and optional equipment, through detailed text, brochure and advertising images, and is copiously illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.
The important role played by the Impala for Chevrolet (and GM as a whole) is also examined, from its status as a top-of-the-line ‘specialty’ model, through the broad range of body styles, to a mainstream, volume-production car.
As the 1950s ended, the Chevrolet Impala evolved into a status symbol, and added more and more style, comfort and optional equipment to its ever-increasing model range. From its similar styling and tri-colour pastel paint finishes, the original Chevrolet Impala was the flashy, stylish sibling in the line-up, only to eventually return to a more conservative, high-volume, mainstream car.
As well as the historical aspects of the car, a final chapter explores present-day custom Impalas and Resto Rods – from custom bodywork modifications to spectacular works of art.
Period Covered: 1958-1970
Models Covered: Chevrolet Impala
The Chevrolet Impala was an image maker in the latter half of the 1950s, for Chevrolet and GM as a whole. Originally as part of the emerging ‘specialty’ car market in America, along the way it became the American Dream car.
This volume focuses specifically on the Chevrolet Impala’s models, its uniqueness, styling features unique options, along with industry facts and figures.
Rarely seen cut-away drawings and previously unpublished photos of the Chevrolet Impala.