The Impala was introduced in 1958 as a new, upmarket, sporty trim package created for Bel Air coupes and convertibles. Unique to the model were its six taillights, which set it apart from lower trim levels with only two lights on a side. This classic styling cue would become its trademark. The Impala became a separate model in 1959 in both two- and four-door versions and became the best-selling car in the Chevrolet lineup. For 1960, it became the best-selling automobile in the US and held that position for the next decade. The Impala featured body-on-frame construction, using the "X" frame used on other Chevys, as well as Cadillac.
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." From 1958 until 1965, the Impala was Chevrolet's most expensive full-size car.
The Impala name was first used for theCorvette-based show car at the 1956 Motorama. Painted emerald Green metallic, with a white interior, the Impala show car featured hardtop styling.
In the late sixties, the Impala was typically positioned just below the top luxury trim, the Caprice, and above the more economical models like the Biscayne or the Bel Air. The Impala is named for a southern African Antelope.
One of both General Motors' and America's most successful auto nameplates, the Impala was often the best-selling automobile in its formative years when full-sized cars dominated sales. The 1965 sales of over one million units in the U.S. still stands as a record. From 1958 through 1996, Impala sales were in excess of 13 million, more than any other full-size car in the history of the automobile. The current version of the Impala is the 8th best selling vehicle (of any kind) and 5th best selling car in the United States and has the distinction of being the top selling American nameplate sedan, according to Reuters Top 20 Best-selling Vehicles Scorecard for the calendar year of 2007.
This very very nice example is finished in a great color combination and is a basically an amazing original car with respray.
This car is ready for anything one would wish to do with it. It is quite show worthy and would do well at any Show. I would not hesitate to drive this car cross country today. It starts right up, runs smoothly, accelerates with authority, stops straight and true, doesn't smoke, handles well, and shifts well. If you are looking for a fully sorted Show ready SS Impala this is your car!