Chevrolet Impala: how the legend was born
Chevrolet from General Motors is famous not only for style and quality cars, but also the interesting history of the appearance of this brand.
Let’s start with the fact that it is the largest brand from GM, is in the range of 20 car brands and numerous improved variations. Plants produce as a middle class vehicles and service trucks commercial sample. Chevrolet is one of the most popular car brands in the U.S., including the Silverado Pickup, which is on the second place by sales in the United States after the Ford F-150 and the Impala. It was the last model of the brand today, and will be discussed.
Chevrolet Impala — the legendary «American», which was produced from 1958 to 1985, 1994 to 1996 and from 2000 to the present. Depending on the year the car had its own unique characteristics and appearance.
The history of the legend has its origins in 1908 when William C. Durant founded the General Motors Corporation, which brought together 13 automobile manufacturers, such as Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Oakland, Elmore, plus dozens of companies that are engaged in the manufacture of auto parts and accessories.
But soon General Motors caught up with hard times: unable to compete with the concern Ford, the firm was on the verge of bankruptcy, shareholders have accused of failure of Durant and miserably kicked him out of the company, accused incompetent. But fate was not so strict to the owner, and he soon made the acquaintance of Louis Chevrolet, famous driver and a very talented engineer, who became the founder of a new engine.
In 1911 three men — the son of Durant Edwin Campbell, Louis Chevrolet and William little be the founders of the company «Chevrolet Motor Company».
The first Chevrolet Classic Six was the six-cylinder engine, could seat 5 people and has a top speed of 65 mph (104 km/h).
In 1913, the world saw the famous company logo is the bow tie. Rumor has it that Durant saw a similar pattern on the Wallpaper in the hotel where often visited. According to another version, it is a stylized Swiss cross, because Louis was a native of those places.
The Impala was made in the name of the concept car 1956 with a body hardtop bright green (emerald green metallic) and white interior. He was the exhibit 1956 General Motors Motorama. The creators have christened the car, inspired by the strength, grace and speed of antelopes, and the campaign slogan was «Luxury car available for every citizen of America.»
The car this year had six round tail lights, three on each side instead of four; different designs used in most generations of the model.
Since 1959, the Chevrolet Impala became a separate model, and immediately — the most commercially successful of Chevrolet. Model 1959 differed very impressive design, the taillights were horizontal and teardrop-shaped. Four-door sedan had trichomonal sidewall and a roof with a rounded back.
Only in 1961 «Impala» was produced in the body «two-door sedan» did not have much success. Also this year saw the premiere sports equipment Impala SS.
Ceremony on the occasion of the descent from the conveyor of the latest Chevrolet Impala SS was held at the factory on 13 December 1996. The whole line of cars on the basis of the body B/D, consisting of the Chevrolet Caprice, Impala SS, Buick Roadmaster and Cadillac Fleetwood, was discontinued by General Motors, as GM wanted to release more Assembly lines, to produce more profitable SUVs.
In 1967, the car was subjected to a thorough modernization valance, smoothed slightly, there were recessed lights and grille big turn signals on either side of them — the car began to look more harmonious and aggressive. The rear lights from this year ceased to be round, instead they got a wide horizontal, three-section, with sharpened edges. Thus was born the car that we know and love.
In 1967-68 years, new legislation has forced car manufacturers to seriously work on security, as a result, in these years, the Impala has been made of a deformable steering column, padded instrument panel, repeaters and three-point seatbelts (only on closed bodies).
In 1967, this iconic vehicle has become the champion, breaking the world record for sales with this model: for the year has sold nearly one million cars. Chevrolet Impala 1967 was produced about 10 years, it has gained considerable popularity, and history have sold more than 13 million vehicles.
We know this child as one of the main characters of the TV series «Supernatural», not just to save the Asses restless the Winchester brothers.
Since 2000, the Impala name was resurrected for the car replaced the Chevrolet Lumina. Also under this name to produce several models that are not associated with each other technically.