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Username Post: Chevrolet Impala – Something For Everyone        (Topic#339760)
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10-11-16 08:18 AM - Post#2656008    

Chevrolet Impala – Something For Everyone
The Impala name was first used for the full-sized 1956 General Motors Motorama show car that bore Corvette-like design cues, especially the grille. It was painted emerald green metallic with a white interior and featured hardtop styling.

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The Impala was introduced for the 1958 model year as top-of-the-line Bel Air hardtops and convertibles. From the windshield pillar rearward, the 1958 Bel Air Impala differed structurally from the lower-priced Chevrolet models. Impala styling followed the basic lines of the other Chevrolet models but received special styling cues including a different roof line, a vent above the rear window, unique side trim, and triple tail lights housed in slightly broader alcoves. The wheelbase of the Impala was longer, although the overall length was identical. Interiors offered a two-spoke steering wheel and color-keyed door panels with brushed aluminum trim. The Impala became its own model the very next year (1959).

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The 1956 Impala shown at the Motorama shows.

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10-11-16 09:52 AM - Post#2656021    
    In response to Tony

I wonder where the 1956 Impala is now?

I was 11 years old and riding on my Pop's milk truck when I saw my first '58 Impala. I saw it from the rear, parked, and I remember thinking it was very different from any other cars I'd seen in our small town and I liked it very much. Still do.

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10-11-16 11:17 AM - Post#2656037    
    In response to rrausch

If I would have seen the 56 Impala at the show my first thought would have been they are making a 4 seater Corvette....LOL, glad they didn't.

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10-14-16 09:28 PM - Post#2656593    
    In response to Tony

Not to nitpick, but I believe all production 58 Impalas had the same wheelbase as any other 58 Chevy. I am surprised that an error like that was allowed to slip through without being caught.


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12-05-16 02:36 AM - Post#2664641    
    In response to raycow

The '55 Biscayne in the Petersen Auto Museum on Wilshire in LA looks a lot like the 56 Impala.

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