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Ryder
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Apr 27th, 2012 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first car was a 63 all black Impala. 327 with a 350 cam and 4 speed.

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Apr 27th, 2012 06:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a 77 and an 83 - well technically they were Caprices, but they made Impalas exactly the same at the time. Those cars were awesome, solid, dependable, and I drove one of them to 160k.

My favorite looking ones are definitely 59-60s, but the boxy 77-89s will always have a place in my heart.

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Apr 27th, 2012 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ideally, in my dreams, I would have a 59 convertible, 67 SS Sport Coupe (my birth year and that cool fastback look), and an 89 undercover cop car edition.

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Apr 27th, 2012 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My family had a 1960 Impala, green with white top, and a 1968, all white with red interior. We did not even have a key for the 1960, but you could turn the starter without a key. Of course, our other cars that had keys, the keys were ALWAYS left in the ignition.
Come to think of it, pockets were much emptier in those days! We never locked our house, either, so my father carried no keys at all.

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Apr 27th, 2012 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Up to 1970 or so. After that they lost their edge in my opinion.

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Apr 27th, 2012 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Fave is the '65. Dad had a '61 6 cyl, '65 w/283 & '70 w/350. Not an SS in the bunch. He had a mid '80 Caprice too after a couple of Olds Delta 88s.

I've owned a '70 and a '72. Both where excellent vehicles. 350 cid engine in each, they moved along pretty good. The '70 was originally a Chevy factory service rep's car. It have the 375 hp Corvette 350, posi and the tubo 400 trans. It was a hard top so it looked real cool with the windows down. It was my first car with radial tires, what a huge improvement. The '70 I bought as a winter beater so I could store the MG 'til spring.

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Apr 27th, 2012 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm partial to the third generation, particularly the '61 and '62 versions. Have never had one, but love their appearance, and I have a 1961 Chevrolet Technical Manual with glorious ultra-detailed drawings of the 235 L6, 283 V8, and 348 V8 engines.

Of course, I'd wanna go with the 409 (larger displacement version of the 348).

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Apr 27th, 2012 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They also make great low rider holmes.

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Apr 27th, 2012 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A 65 or 66 SS396 would be sweet.

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Apr 27th, 2012 01:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

65-66.

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Apr 27th, 2012 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Learned to drive (and park) in a 1965 Caprice with the mouse motor 327. Wonderful car.

DiploStrat ;-)

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Apr 27th, 2012 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been asking this question since the 70s!

"What the heck happened to cars in the 70s?" That has to be the most boring decade for auto design. What was wrong with Fins on cars?

I love the 58 and 63 Impalas, Had each in the late 60s.

Charlie Macon
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Apr 27th, 2012 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe that Detroit had to heavily retool to handle new standards in the '70s....and juggling costs, they could not go as "free and easy" on their final body designs. Later, when the magic of fuel injection and computerized timing took care of emissions standards, and more power was developed with less displacement, they were able to get back to cooler designs.

For me the peak years of automotive beauty, industry-wide, were probably 1964-1968.

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Apr 27th, 2012 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Even though I've always been a Ford guy, I must admit Chevy did make some good lookers.

For me, a '61 bubbletop with 327, or '65 2 dr. coupe with big block.

Handsome cars, for sure.

Billy the Kidder
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Apr 27th, 2012 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd be partial to a 63 or 66. I had a middle 90s Caprice police car as my work vehicle for a couple years, it was beast for such a large car.



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Apr 28th, 2012 08:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to LOVE 63's when I was a kid. Then my friend's older brother bought a '62 SS and for a long time that was my holy grail. But lately '61 bubbletops have caught my eye, especially black with red interior. I don't think the 409 came out until '62 but that wouldn't stop me if I found a nice '61.

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Apr 28th, 2012 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first car was a 66 Impala in 75. A buddy had the beach boys factory 409 Impala. He was a total car head. It could pull the front wheels off the ground.

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Apr 28th, 2012 10:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anywhere from 55 to 68, I like 'em all. Some of my favorites would be 55-57, 63, 65, and 68.
I never see a 68 any more, even though I go to the 'old car gatherings' whenever I get a chance. What has happened to all of them?

54 Deluxe
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Apr 28th, 2012 09:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My dad had a 1965 Impala SS convertible in Evening Orchid Mettalic with a white interior and top with a 283.
I sold it in the mid 70's for $100.00!

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Apr 28th, 2012 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I went through a bunch of Impalas in the '70s. Never had a '58, but had a white '59 Kingswood wagon 348, black '60 6cyl complete POS, White/Red '61 283 convertible, Red/Red '62 409 convertible, Lt blue metallic '66 Fastback 283, then Caprices; White/Black top '70 2 door notchback 350, Olive Green '72 4 door w/extended roof line, skirts & 400, Dark brown '73 2 door 350.

Also had pre-Impala 2-Tone brown/tan '55 & Lt. Blue/White top '57 Bel Airs.

The fact that I have none of them today is proof that you don't have to be all that smart to survive.

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