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1964 Chevrolet Impala



Chevy Impala

The Chevrolet Impala is often credited with starting the muscle car era. Born as Chevrolet's top of the line model, the Impala quickly became the symbol for performance in the early sixties and introduced Chevrolet's signature "SS" brand of performance. The Impala SS was available from 1961-1969. Although smaller, lighter automobiles would later eclipse it, the Impala still remains the performance car of choice for those that like big cars.

For many, just hearing the name Impala brings an emotional response. Often, it meant the venerable Impala SS Coupes of the ‘60s, packing big-block V8s and "four on the floor." But for most owners, Impala was a roomy, four-door sedan that provided them with "something extra" compared with the competition.

Ed Cole, Chevrolet’s chief engineer in the late ‘50s, said it best when he defined Impala as a "prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen." In essence, the Impala was built on a simple formula — provide a good-looking car with more performance, amenities and value than you might expect, all at a Chevrolet price, and the rest will follow.

The formula worked like magic and helped turn Impala into an American icon. Impala became the best-selling Chevrolet car in its first full year as a model line. The very next year, it became the best-selling car in America. A position it held for more than a decade. In 1965, Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units. Thus, this magic formula (one which Chevrolet had championed for decades) was perfected in the Impala.

Impala ruled America's roads during the '60s. Impala embodied the Chevrolet "magic formula" at its very best, and customers gobbled them up, with 7.8 million sold from '60 to '69. The Chevrolet Impala was America's favorite car at the beginning of the '60s, at the end, and during every year in between. "Never in recent history has the demand for our top models equipped with a maximum of options been as strong," said then-Chevrolet general manager Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen.

To keep up with demand, Impala evolved at a frenetic rate, introducing all-new designs in '61 and '65, and styling changes every year of the '60s. Impala’s landmark year was 1965 when Chevrolet sold more than one million Impalas in that year alone. A record no other nameplate has ever topped. Suddenly, the Impala name almost seemed prophetic - the car named for an animal capable of extraordinary leaps had bounded from nonexistence to history's top seller in just six years.



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Impala 1958-2000 (American Classics) (Paperback) This is another excellent book published by the MBI and it matches all its high standards. It is written by experienced authors and is richly illustrated (I wish you could see these brilliant pictures!).(Amazon Customer Review)


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Impala & Ss: Muscle Portfolio 1958-1972 (The Brooklands Musclecar Portfolio Series) (Paperback) REMEMBER when Chevrolet was strictly a "transportation" car, offering little in the way of performance, styling or engineering to capture the imagination of automobile fanciers? (Book's first sentence.) Small Image



Chevrolet SS Muscle Car Red Book/Camaro, Chevelle, Impala, and Monte Carlo, 1961-1973 (Paperback) This is a very informative book with loads of information. Many people who are restoring cars, classic car shows, building factory-stock models of those powerful muscle cars, etc., this guide contains much of the information needed to bring that classic muscle car (or even daily driver) to 100-point show condition. (Amazon Customer Review)

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