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Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala is a full-size automobile built by the Chevrolet division of General Motors introduced for the 1958 model year. Deriving its name from the southern African antelope. Chevrolet’s most expensive passenger model through 1965 had become the best-selling automobile in the United States, competing against the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Plymouth Fury when full-size models dominated the market. The Impala was distinguished for many years by its symmetrical triple taillights.

The Caprice was introduced as a top-line Impala Sport Sedan for the 1965 model year becoming a separate series positioned above the Impala in 1966, which itself remained above the Bel Air and Biscayne. The Impala continued as Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model through the mid-1980s. Between 1994 and 1996, Impala was revived as a muscular 5.7-liter V8 –powered version of the Caprice Classic sedan.

In 2000, the Impala was re-introduced again as a mainstream front-wheel drive full-size sedan. [ 4 ] Consumer Reports gave the 2014 model the best rating in the large sedan category.

Ed Cole. Chevrolet’s chief engineer in the late 1950s, defined the Impala as a prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen.

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History, origin and sales [ edit ]

First generation (1958) [ edit ]

1958 Impala Hardtop Sport Coupe

The Impala was introduced in 1958 and positioned as top of the line Bel Air coupes and convertibles. From the windshield pillar rearward, the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala differed structurally from typical Chevrolets. Hardtops had a slightly shorter greenhouse and longer rear deck, giving the impression of an extended body.

It was a change from the 1955–1957 shape that was itself a substantial move away from the conservative Chevrolets of past years, longer, lower, and wider than its predecessors. [ 7 ] The sharp tailfins of the 1957 gave way to deeply sculptured rear fenders. Three taillights each side would become an Impala hallmark whereas lesser models had two and wagons just one. Special crossed-flag insignias sat above the side moldings plus bright rocker moldings and dummy rear-fender scoops.

1958 was the first year of dual headlamps.

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Underneath this new body was a new chassis. The standard perimeter-type frame was abandoned, replaced by a unit with rails laid out in the form of an elongated X. Chevrolet claimed that the new frame offered increased torsional rigidity [ 6 ] and allowed for a lower, yet still roomy passenger compartment. In this design, a transitional step between traditional construction and the later fully unitized body/chassis, the body structure was beefed up in a number of areas (most notably the rocker panels and firewall) to create a solid package. [ 8 ] However, this frame was not as effective in protecting the interior structure in a side impact crash, as a traditional perimeter frame.

With a six-cylinder engine, a Chevrolet Bel Air Impala started at $2,586, while $2,693 bought a V8. In all, 55,989 convertibles and 125,480 Sport Coupes were built, 15#160;percent of production. Interiors held a two-spoke steering wheel and color-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim.

No other series included a convertible. Impala signaled Chevrolet’s entry into the mid-price field, even if the design was less radical than planned. In addition to style and vigorous performance, ads marketed its quick, eager-to-please handling that lets you know you’re the boss.

New-for-1957 Ramjet fuel injection continued to be available as an option for the Turbo-Fire 283 V8. 1958 Impalas equipped with this option are rare and highly desirable as collector cars.

Longer, lower, and wider—a recurrent theme-all Chevrolets had either a full-coil or air ride suspension, displacing the old rear leaf springs. A new Safety Girder X-type frame reduced height without headroom loss. A 283#160;cu#160;in (4,640#160;cc) engine was now the standard V8, with ratings that ranged from 185 to 290 horsepower.

A big-block 348#160;cu#160;in (5,700#160;cc) Turbo-Thrust V8 was a new engine option, descended from a truck engine putting out 250#160;hp (190#160;kW), 280#160;hp (210#160;kW), or 315#160;hp (235#160;kW). The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala helped Chevrolet regain the number one production spot in this recession year. [ 4 ]

Second generation (1959–1960) [ edit ]

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