Since its introduction in 1958, the Chevy Impala has been one of America’s favorite cars. This icon of the American auto industry combines style, performance, and value like no other mid-sized sedan on the market. The unique history of the Impala saw its transformation from a spacious family sedan to a high-performance sports car. Here is a look at the early years of the Chevy Impala:
Original Introduction: The 1950s
The Chevy Impala was first marketed as a top-tier version of another classic Chevrolet model, the Bel Air. When it first became available in 1958, the Chevy Impala was a sedan unlike anything American auto buyers had ever seen. It featured a long, hard-top body, expressive tail fins, and three rear lights. This combination of distinctive looks, spaciousness, and affordability made the Impala an instant favorite for American families.
Sporty Innovations: The Early 1960s
The Impala quickly became Chevy’s best selling model, and its impressive sales continued through the 1960s. In 1961, Chevrolet created the Impala Super Sport, which was the first true muscle car. Under the hood, the Impala SS featured a 409-cubic inch big block engine. This high-performance drivetrain offered superior power, handling, and performance, and immortalized the Impala SS as an iconic American sports car.
Streamlined Appearance: The Late 1960s
By 1965, Chevy had streamlined the appearance of the Impala to make it sportier and more aerodynamic. The unique tail fins were replaced by a boxy, low to the ground silhouette. Available in two distinct models, the Impala SS and the Impala Caprice, the Impala appealed to sports car enthusiasts and families, alike. This combination of fantastic performance and luxurious interior comfort lives on in the Impala of today.
At Jerry’s Chevrolet, we can get you behind the wheel of your very own Chevy Impala. Our Baltimore dealership features a great inventory of new Impalas, and a variety of other fantastic Chevrolet models. To learn more about the fantastic performance features of the newest generation of the classic Impala, call us (443) 588-2670.